Inviting “Millennials” to be Voices for Social Justice in Their Creative Writings

Christyne Berzsenyi


The historical transition from the 20th Century to the 21st has sparked a boom in identifying names and classifying characteristics of the young American adults and teens coming of age at that time. Though there is much discrepancy about the starting birth year and the life span parameters of “Generation Y”, generalizing descriptions abound in an effort to capture their influential “historical location”—context, opportunities, and experiences that members of this group share, particularly in their formative years. Defining qualities that are largely agreed upon among researchers include an inclination for “digital media, their confidence and optimism, and their orientation towards collaboration” (Donnison).

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