Millennials escaped the financial crisis of 2008; they faced a traumatizing 2013, and they'll surely escape the tenuous start of 2014. Choosing to become educated instead of unemployed in 2008, they took out loans and attended graduate school, or they took unpaid internships and lived in their parents' basements.
As 2013 comes to a close, the American Dream for many Millennials is out of reach. Through Obamacare, they are mandated to obtain healthcare insurance from an ineffective government system. They look forward to a future retirement, but their social security benefits will barely sustain a comfortable retirement. Monumental loan interest rates mean Millennials are reluctant to be extravagant, and instead, they limit their investments to avoid taking risks.
Millennials who see class stratification among their peers, coworkers and family members in the upcoming 2014 are no doubt frustrated. One example of a disappointed Millennial is Kelly Noel Waldorf, a Duke University graduate, who identifies as being poor. Her financial status determines the decision made, the school attended, the accommodations lived in, the groceries bought and the values held.
Besides their financial straits, Millennials face hard-hitting criticism from studies like Workforce Solutions Group that point out their lack of soft skills. However, in the time of economic uncertainty, the chance to develop vital interpersonal skills necessary to navigate workplace politics. Millennials need opportunities to become communicative, professional team players who can plan, prioritize, and problem solve. Nonprofits such as America's Future Workforce provide such opportunities. Nonprofits are just one of the ways Millennials strive for social justice in the effort to provide support for others.