This post was written by Greg Rollett, a Social Media Guy from Orlando, FL. Greg is the President of Endagon Innovations, a Social Media Marketing company bridging the gap between entertainment and technology. Greg can be found writing at his blog as well as Gen-Y Magic, a site dedicated to showcasing and learning from Gen-Y innovators.
20-somethings, teens and tweens are submerged with media, information and attention span draining activities in every minute of their lives. From iPods and Xboxes to Myspace and the Disney Channel to Celebrity Gossip Mags and Reality TV, they are learning from these media outlets what it is like in the real world. Or so they would have you think.
Amidst all the clutter, Gen-Y is changing lives. Even at their young age and experience level, there are a core group of Millennials that have taken leadership into their own hands.
Disney leader Lee Cockerell says it best, to learn something – teach it! When Gen-Y wants to help the homeless, the best way to solve this problem is head on. By involving others they are teaching them ways to stand out from the pack and develop leadership skills.
Here are 5 sources of inspiration for the Millennial Generation that all parents can be thankful and hopeful for.
Jullian Adler, a 13 year old who collects hooded sweatshirts and gives them to the homeless.
Chris Goyzueta, a 26 year old UCF graduate who forewent Graduate School to help over 150 homeless individuals in Central Florida every week with food, clothing, support and education with his Rock For Hunger nonprofit. They raise money with local concerts and benefits.
Chas Grundy is a young leader who helped crate a “camperships” program to help over 60 underprivileged children attend summer camp this year.
Lenny Thompson, a young entrepreneur has started FindSportsNow.com, a site that helps people connect via city organized sports leagues. By helping young people find sports leagues, they are encouraging health, networking and social skill building.
Sam Davidson is changing the world 24 hours and 5 minutes at a time. Every day his 5 minutes of caring shows that change can be made by anyone, at anytime.
There are countless others who are making a difference everyday and give the Millennial Generation hope that there is more than Britney’s antics and celebrity gossip, Myspace surfing and Miley worshipping. The site we have created, Creating Gen-Y Magic, was put in place for just that reason. To highlight young leaders. Not just to give them their props, but to learn from them and how they are impacting our future.
We will all be watching as Gen-Y continues to Create Magic.