Over the past few weeks I have been conducting programs for university students. Amongst other themes, these programs have included the identification and launching of community based projects. No less than 75 students have been involved in these workshops, and this week will see another 40 students involved in a similar program.
All these students are in their low 20s and gave up their holiday time to participate in the programs. For all of them, their academic performance will not be affected by not attending the programs. Yet they have not only turned up but have enthusiastically committed themselves to creating projects that will benefit their university and/or the broader community.
Sometimes I hear people of my generation (Generation X) or from the Baby Boomers complain about Generation Y. "They aren't like us", they bemoan. "They simply aren't committed to anything other than themselves!" they complain.
Well, Gen Y aren't like us. That is okay because they shouldn't be. Otherwise we'd be stuck in some sort of time vortex. However, Gen Y are committed, very committed to helping to create a better world. Just like the older generations, there are sufficient numbers of committed Gen Ys who are there 'having a crack' at creating a better world. And they are doing it right now. I have the evidence of this because I am lucky enough to be able to work with them and the student projects that I have described above are practical examples of Gen Y hard at work.
So, Gen X and Baby Boomers, don't worry, our future is in safe hands!
Please feel free to share your experiences of the positive work that Gen Y are doing to create a better world.