Generation iY (part 1)

Generation: iY (book) My friend (and partner) sent me an article written by Tim Elmore. I loved his insights. We want to learn their visual language so that we connect in their heart language. Tim's insights are important windows into a generation whom God loves and we intend to reach out to with the message of the gospel. This is a snippet of his thoughts about who is generation iY.

Tim Elmore / With the release of my new book, Generation iY: Our Last Chance to Save Their Future, people are asking me these days: who are they? How is Generation iY different than the earlier students in Generation Y? Aren't they just the same kids, but with more technology?

Good questions. Let me attempt a rapid response below.


1. Born in the 1980s 1. Born in the 1990s

2. Highly compassionate 2. Low empathy

3. Activists 3. Slack-tivists (Want to be involved a little)

4. Technology is a tool 4. Technology is an appendage to my body

5. Passionate about a cause 5. Fashionate about a cause (If my friends do it)

6. Civic minded 6. Self-absorbed

7. Ambitious about the future 7. Ambiguous about the future

8. Accelerated growth 8. Postponed maturation

I still believe in these kids. I continue to believe they can and will change the world. However, they will do so if we figure out how to connect with them and guide them into the future. There has been a shift in our culture that's impacted students today. A perfect storm of elements has diminished the relational skills and emotional intelligence young adults once developed naturally. Minimally, this shift has delayed their entrance into adulthood. What they need more than anything else are healthy mentors; mentors who care more about preparing them than protecting them. These mentors should focus on building some fundamental skills in students:

1. Emotional Intelligence 2. Character and Ethics 3. Leadership Perspective

In the book, I've attempted to equip teachers, parents, coaches, employers and youth workers to do just that. Join me in shaping these iY kids from the inside out so they can turn their world upside down.


Tim's thoughts are so good. In another post on Friday I will note some of Tim's thoughts how we lead these young people. So do you know some of these people in this generation? What do you think of Tim's insights?