They crave work-life balance and mental health support. They dread getting stuck in a dull job. And they fault today's decision-makers for downplaying the issues that move them, like school shootings and racism. Meet Gen Z, as depicted by a new report.
Why it matters: Gen Zers — those born between 1997 and 2012 — will soon be the biggest U.S. voting cohort, and they vote in record numbers.Plus, they'll make up 27% of the workforce in three years, per the World Economic Forum.
Driving the news: The report, from the Walton Family Foundation and Murmuration (an educational inequality nonprofit founded by Emma Bloomberg), paints a picture of a generation that prizes family and well-being over money-making, isn't afraid to job-hop, and sees civic participation as vital to advancing their values.They "have low expectations that the government, corporations, and other institutions will prioritize them or take their needs into consideration," the report found.They're "less conservative than previous generations and take a more progressive stance" on issues like social justice and climate change.And they "see standing up for the voiceless as central to their identity, more than any other generation in America."
Like other young people before them, Gen Zers are down on how their elders are running their schools and workplaces. But unlike their predecessors, they're primarily focused on flexibility, personalization and emotional support.Gen Z "wants to feel connected to issues that they care about," says Romy Drucker, director of the Walton Family Foundation's education program. "They want a sense of purpose in their work."When it comes to school, "they don't feel like their education is preparing them for the kind of future they want to have," she tells Axios.To better serve them, educators "need to find more experiential, immersive ways to connect," she said.
What they're saying: Members of Gen Z "talk openly about not wanting to follow the...