Generation Y Under the Microscope
|August 26, 2010||Posted by M. P. under Management, News||
The Philanthropy News Digest Blog Philantopic has an intriguing post up – Emerging Adulthood: Life Stage or Fad? – that examines the issues raised in the recent New York Times article, What Is It About 20-Somethings? by Robin Marantz Henig. According to the post, while the topic of “emerging adulthood” is primarily theoretical at this point, the potential repercussions for the nonprofit sector makes it a highly relevant one.
I agree that this new concept is something that nonprofits should be thinking about. Is Generation Y a segment of the population that will need a particular set of services to assist them through (or after) a difficult transitory period of their lives? These times of transition or transformation are often exciting and challenging – full of both opportunity and uncertainty. But, in a stagnant if not downright dour economy, the opportunities are few and far between, leaving more (and more severe) uncertainty, and less excitement. Is this a potential niche for nonprofits or merely a generation finding it’s way?