The global pandemic of COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus, has caused many major cities around the world to go into various degrees of quarantine, closing down all non-essential businesses until the city deems it safe and the virus has been properly contained. The resulting closures have left 55.1 million students to abruptly end their school semesters, and for some, the year. Events like graduations, proms, and other functions have also been canceled due to restrictions against gatherings of over 10 people.
The closures caused by COVID-19 have also interrupted traditions such as Career Day for young students due to the prioritization of remote learning. One entrepreneur decided to use her skills and offer an alternative for students to still attend their Career Day online.
Soccer visionary and entrepreneur Qiana Martin created Quarantine Break as a way to help students stay engaged in the classroom despite the disruptions as a result of the public health crisis. Martin, participating in Career Day at PS 207 in Brooklyn, New York, in the past, values the tradition for young students as something that was inspirational to her growing up. “For me, it has always been extracurricular endeavors that opened my eyes to people, places, and experiences outside of my hometown in South Carolina,” she says in a statement.
The monthlong virtual series will allow students, teachers, and families to be introduced to and receive answers from diverse professionals about the work that they do by creating interactive panel discussions online.
The Career Day sessions will kick off on Monday, April 6th and feature a different guest on the dedicated live stream every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) available through Zoom.