Entrepreneurs Target Global Warming
An increasing number of young people are concerned about
global warming, according to recent studies, and some are working
to fight it through business initiatives, such as credit cards
that invest in renewable energy.
Service Flourishes in Post-9/11 Generation
The attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 and the government response
to Hurricane Katrina made young people more aware of the vulnerability
of the United States, pushing them to serve their country through
various national organizations.
Iraq, Economy Weigh on Minds of Young Voters
Even though most surveys indicate that Generation Next
leans Democratic, the 2008 Presidential candidates from both parties
are mounting significant campaigns to appeal to the youth vote
by discussing the Iraq war and climate change.
Homosexual Teens Coming Out to More Accepting Environment
The average age people used to come out as gay or lesbian was in their mid-20s, but that has dropped to the mid-teens over the last two decades. National organizations that advocate tolerance are working to create more accepting environments in schools.
Weighs on Minds of Latino Youth
Young Latinos might not all agree on the best immigration
policy, but many feel a visceral connection to the issue based
on their own experiences and cultural identities.
Latino-Americans Become Unofficial Face of Politics Abroad
young Latinos living in the United States sometimes have found
themselves the targets for questions, criticisms or compliments
concerning the recent shift to the left in Latin American politics
from Americans seeking to better understand a region in transition.
Rates Up in Some Generation Next Groups
and large, Generation Next is extremely healthy, yet there are
segments of this generation faring far worse: incarceration rates
among marginalized Gen Nexters have spiked in the last 25 years,
especially among black men. Why?
Nexters Take Video Gaming to the Next Level
video gaming industry has boomed in recent years, bringing in
casual fans across all generations. But young video gamers are
at the forefront of a new movement in the business: taking part
in worldwide competitions and earning thousands of dollars in
Series 3: Are Young Evangelicals Leaning Left?
only are young evangelicals more liberal on some issues currently
driving conservative politics, they also want to change the conversation
all together, putting the environment and social justice at the
forefront of the evangelical movement.
Series 2: Religion on College Campuses
decades, college campuses have been a symbol of youthful decadence
and a haven for bad decisions in the eyes of many religious conservatives.
The role of faith in the lives of college students on some campuses
became a thing of the past. The past five years, however, have
witnessed a surge of religious life, both on and off campus.
2004, voters under 25 had the highest percentage-point turnout
increase of any age group. Now, with many of the same issues --
Iraq, the economy, terrorism and security -- still front and center
on voters' minds, many experts anticipate a strong showing by
Growing Class of Global Citizens
Next has become a growing class of global citizens -- voracious
learners, cultural sponges and unassuming ambassadors -- who have
chosen to take international detours for study, work and fun.
Series 1: Young Adults Driving Culture War
generation's approach to religion leaves little room for moderation.
Young people committed to religious orthodoxy are building an
alternative social world, while those nonaffiliated with religion
are regarding with greater trepidation the political awakening
of those who are. Gen Nexters are driving the "culture war."
and American Identity
are more than 5 million immigrants in the United States between
the ages of 18 and 25. Young immigrants -- both legal and undocumented
-- discuss the complicated process to become legalized and the
challenges of grasping the American identity.
Face Pressure to Succeed
by parents, school councilors and teachers, many students are panicking about
their futures as they scramble to stuff their resumes, excel in athletics, pile
up awards and earn high grades. Such pressure derives in part from a make-money
mentality over education and leads, at times, to more cheating in school.
Next Reflections on Sept. 11
adults, some of whom were as young as 15 years old in 2001, discuss their views
on the attacks five years later. Was 9/11 the defining moment of their lives?
Do they fear another attack? Was this their Pearl Harbor?
Choices for Young Americans
by the prospect of financial security, career options, and adventure, Gen Nexters
are still opting to enlist in the military even with the ongoing war in Iraq.
While some recruits believe that the military is not all that it's cracked up
to be, others believe that service makes you an overall better person.
Next Takes on Media
news media is in the middle of an evolutionary process: Developing, progressing
and becoming more complex. And according to the media giants who spend billions
of dollars every year to try to understand them, young people are the catalysts.
Women Challenge Marriage
women deconstructing the traditional passageway to adulthood --
and demonstrating that education plays a crucial role in the reconstruction.
Community College Movement
young people who feel the intense pressure of choosing a career path, community
colleges can offer a reprieve with a less-taxing and less-expensive educational