Generation Z Believes in the Power of Inclusive Collaboration
Confronting the Issues that Matter to Gen Z
- Confronting the Issues that Matter to Gen Z
- Common Solutions Require Better Representation in Decision-Making
- Gen Z is Ready to Lead the Fight Against Climate Change
- Young People Say They are Facing Greater Obstacles to Opportunity
- COVID-19 Disrupted and Delayed Education and Career Preparation
Gen Zers feel older generations and leaders aren’t focused on issues that have the best interest of younger generations in mind. They feel it’s hard for different sides to come together because of strong disagreement on issues, but they believe it is possible to find a middle ground.
Gen Zers think common solutions can be found by setting smaller goals on the path toward tackling bigger issues. Focusing on one area that can be tackled first is a way to bring generations together. They want to see leaders take steps to make changes and not just talk about the issues.
Gen Zers think it’s important for all groups to remember you can’t listen if all you do is talk. They believe politicians and corporations need to take more action and include more people in finding common solutions. Young people want to see more representation from marginalized groups at the decision-making table. They feel the people and communities who are closest to the problems can drive more equitable civic engagement and impact.
Gen Z isn’t just thinking about the here and now. They are concerned about the long-term effects of technology dependence, climate change and new diseases. Young people fear today’s leaders are thinking too short-term because they won’t be around to feel the impacts of climate change. With more than half of Gen Z extremely interested in environmental issues, they are the ones feeling the burden and are motivated to drive change.
Gen Z is more inclined to look beyond themselves and to the greater good of the community. They have a high degree of empathy and believe everyone should have access to the opportunity to achieve their dreams. But they don’t have a model for what the future looks like and are concerned about the obstacles in their way. Many Gen Zers are starting their careers, living on their own and paying rent for the first time. To many, record-high rent and housing prices make home ownership seem unattainable.
Gen Z values equal access to higher education and pathways to careers that lead to a successful and fulfilling life. But they worry their educational experience will not prepare them for life after graduation. They want skills for the real world to obtain good jobs after graduation but say those opportunities aren’t readily available. Gen Z says teachers and some adults are trying to help – but local or national education policymakers and politicians are not doing enough.