A Community-Minded Generation
by The Opportunity Agenda, Tue Apr 14, 2009 at 01:14:37 PM EDT
Much has been made of the vitality that President Obama brings to the White House. To be sure, this is in part the story of his relative youth—only Clinton, Grant, Kennedy, and Theodore Roosevelt were younger when assuming the office—but it’s also a function of his ability to convince the millennial generation (or vocalize the millennial generation’s belief) that their voices matter. Given the size and scope of the challenges facing our nation, we need young people to see the stake that they have in their communities.
Younger voices in local civic affairs will, hopefully, lead to revitalization in the form of new ideas and long-term thinking. And there's good reason to believe that coming of age in an era of heightened inequality has led them to see the importance of a society that works for all of us. If they make good on this promise, the "millenial" generation will soon be known as the "opportunity" generation.