Prior to Donald Trump’s tumultuous presidential election, a number of millennials determined their lives would remain the same regardless of who was elected. But considering recent events, there’s been a fire that’s been lit under immigrant millennials and Generation Y as whole.

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Millennials in Achieve Agency’s research considered “making a difference” as personally gratifying, yet they are engaging with causes in ways that redefine traditional labels. Most importantly, millennials are reshaping what it means to be an activistThough many are actively involved in causes, just slightly over half (52.5 percent) identified themselves as activists. Research shows that millennials define “activist” as someone who participates in protests or some similar form of publicly noticeable action – and they largely want to avoid conflict.

While Millennials Matter

 

Democrat or Republican?

According to the Brooking’s Institute, from 2008 to 2016, the percentage of young people who self-identified as Democrats fell from 45 percent to 27 percent. The number of those identifying as Republican stayed relatively the same — increasing from 26 to 27 percent — and the number of young people identifying as Independent rose from 29 percent to 35 percent over the eight-year period.

That same report found the percentage of millennials who considered themselves “liberal” increased from 32 percent to 37 percent between 2008 and 2016, self-proclaimed moderate millennials decreased from 41 percent to 38 percent, and conservatives increased one percentage point, from 25 to 26 percent. Black millennial respondents trusted Democrats far more than Republicans.

But, overall, millennials are really disengaged when it comes to civic engagement, and there’s a reason for that. They don’t have enough information to go on and don’t have actionable steps. And NYAToday is here to change that.

 

News For Young Advocates

NYAToday (News For Young Advocates) is an organization that works specifically to provide young adults with volunteer opportunities and informative articles so that they can truly act on their beliefs. Jesse Anderson and her team are working hard to create a more educated and involved generation. NYAToday has a number of different programs, including the Green Team, Si Se Puede and the Resist newsletter.

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The Green Team provides activists with daily actions that you can take to help the environment. In the wake of Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate treaty, NYAToday felt that collectively ignoring his – to be frank – stupidity and taking matters into your own hands was crucial.

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Si Se Puede (Yes, you can in Spanish) is a news section offered in six languages, which works to provide immigrants with a number of resources. NYAToday created this section solely devoted to explaining comprehensibly what rights immigrants have when faced by the police or by ICE. The section also features best places to seek counsel, ways to learn English, and what a warrant must have.

The Resist newsletter section provides subscribers with three actions each morning. Their most recent newsletter included ways to make sure that more girls stay in school, how to protest the withdrawal from the Paris treaty, and ways to stop the horrible health care bill proposed by House Republicans.

 

The Future Is Yours

Millennials remain passionately interested in improving the world, they base their political decisions on what causes each candidate supports and no longer primarily look to traditional institutions to effect societal change. It’s important to note that millennials are quickly normalizing the change-making lifestyle—one in which cause engagement is embedded in their everyday lives and identity—while at the same time losing faith in government and other established groups to make a meaningful impact. Millennials in the Achieve research did not trust in government to right the wrongs in the USA. Instead, 70 percent of believes in themselves to create the kind of change they want to see, with one-third believing they could make a big impact and another one-third a moderate one. Consequently, they are signing petitions, volunteering for causes, connecting on social media platforms and acting within their own circles as ways to incite change.

There is no doubt that Gen Y are the future but that future will definitely be brighter and stronger if all do the difficult work of engaging in the political system every single day and have a broad awareness of social issues with the help of platforms like NYAToday.

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