Who Are They?
The Millennial Generation, born from 1982 through the present, represents a generation distinct from their parents of the Baby Boom generation, and their immediate predecessors, Generation X. Now a generation that sent their first freshmen to college in the fall of 2000, and will graduate their first seniors this spring. Generally described as optimistic, team-oriented, high-achieving rule-followers, the Millennials have driven down teen suicide rates, teen pregnancy and abortion, violent crime and drug use among teens. Aptitude test scores for this group have risen across all grade levels, and the pressure to succeed has risen likewise.
The expected teen rebellion among Millennials has manifested itself as a break with the Boomer and Gen X cultures that preceded them. “Expect teamwork instead of free agents, political action instead of apathy, T-shirts with school colors instead of corporate swooshes, on-your-side teamwork instead of in-your-face sass.” The Millennials are correcting for “what teens see as the excesses of today’s middle aged Boomers: narcissism, impatience, iconoclasm, and a constant focus on talk (usually argument) over action.”
The generation that Millennials are most likely to emulate is actually the G.I. Generation, which Tom Brokaw called America’s “Greatest Generation”. “No other adult peer group possesses anything close to their upbeat, high-achieving, team playing, and civic-minded reputation.”