Chapter 4.

Generation Y:We’re Here Today!

Of course we’re an entitled generation. We grew up in an age of prosperity and got a lot from our parents. Maybe because of that, we feel an obligation to give back.”

—A twentysomething government analyst

Historical Snapshot

COMING OF AGE during the most expansive economy in the twentieth century, Gen Yers are the children of Baby Boomers and the optimistic, upbeat younger siblings of Gen Xers. The first true cohort of “Global Citizens,” they have been told by parents, teachers, and counselors that they can make a difference in the world, and they have already started to prove it. The most socially conscious generation since the 1960s, Yers are out in record numbers working for social causes from the ...

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