Few generations have grown up during a period of such rapid and dramatic change. Born between 1980 and 1990, Generation Next has already seen extraordinary political, military, economic, technological and social changes. They have lived in a post-Cold War world and a time of relative economic prosperity in America, but they have also experienced September 11th and the fear of another attack, two Gulf Wars, Columbine, Hurricane Katrina and the increasing polarization of public discourse. All this has occurred in the midst of a communications revolution. More than any who came before, Generation Next is engaged with technology, and the vast majority is dependent upon it.
Over the course of the year, veteran journalist Judy Woodruff joins forces with MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, embarking on a wide-ranging expedition to listen to both the engaged and the disenfranchised members of Generation Next. The goal of the project is straightforward: to glean as complete an understanding as possible of young people's take on a broad cross section of social, political, and pop culture issues, from family, relationships, religion and personal values, to government and leadership, America's role in the world, immigration, diversity and the quality of their schools. Where do they get their information, how do they define success, and what does it mean to them to be an American? The demographic group, often referred to as the "millennials," are courted aggressively by advertisers, but overlooked or even ignored by policymakers.
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2 CIRCLE: Electoral Engagement Among Minority Youth
3 Greenberg, Quinlan, Rosner Research Inc."Coming of Age in America"
4 Pew Center for the People and the Press
5 The Network on Transitions to Adulthood, "October 2004 Policy Brief"
6 The Network on Transitions to Adulthood, "October 2004 Policy Brief" and the Pew Center on the People and the Press
7 Prof. Sheldon Danziger, University of Michigan
8 CIRCLE, "Electoral Engagement Among Non-College Attending Youth"
9 Harry Holzer, Peter Edelman, Paul Offner: Reconnecting Disadvantaged Young Men
10 Pew Center for the People and the Press