“As young people, it is our job to help inspire the younger generation and make positive contributions to society.”
While some may gripe that the younger generation is only obsessed with selfies and the next Starbucks latte, millennials have been on a mission to prove they can be the next generation to help improve the world.
Take David Merritt, the former University of Michigan basketball captain. In 2013, he created Merit, a clothing line dedicated to helping Detroit-area students with their education. For every item sold, 20 percent of the purchase price helps to fund college scholarships for underprivileged youths.
So far, Merritt’s program has provided $5,000 scholarships to 22 students.
“As young people, it is our job to help inspire the younger generation and make positive contributions to society,” he said. “Better students make better leaders and builds character. Our goal is to reach as many students as we possibly can.”
Last year, more than 84 percent of millennials donated to charitable organizations, with only 22 percent saying their donations were strictly solicited through their place of work, according to the Millennial Impact Project, which has studied generation Y and its involvement with social causes.
In the past year, the baby boomer population made the most monetary donations with 70 percent, Generation Xers at 63 percent and Millennials at 57 percent, according to a study by Motif Investing.
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