Why young people are flocking to global health and poverty – a series preview

For the past few weeks I’ve been talking to young people, mostly around Seattle, who are involved in global poverty issues. And I’m blown away by the number of initiatives being pursued by people in their 20′s and early 30′s.

  • A fellow heading to Mongolia to work on microfinance
  • A young Bengali couple who have started an organization to fund smaller projects that often get ignored
  • A woman who plans to work at the International Criminal Court on women’s issues

Others have noted this before, but my conversations have certainly shown it’s true: There’s something special about this generation, Gen-Y or the Millennials. They are much more internationally aware than many of their older cousins or parents, and they are very socially motivated. Whether it’s starting a business or working through a non-profit, they want to have a social impact.

I’ve written about the networking that’s happening in Seattle, creating more of a shared sense of effort or momentum, through the “Party with a Purpose.” I think the individual stories, of young people who’ve not only gotten involved but are making real progress, are more powerful. Stay tuned (and click on the “Millennials” link for more stories).

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Editor Tom Paulson is founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere. Prior to operating this online news site, he reported on science,  medicine, health policy, aid and development for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Contact him at tom-at-humanosphere.org, follow him on Twitter @tompaulson and/or send a comment below.

  • Jennifer Earle

    Looking forward to hearing more!

  • Teresa Rugg

    TB Photovoice is one of these organizations! Based out of Snohomish, working with persons impacted by tuberculosis http://www.tbphotovoice.org

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/P-Scott-Cummins/503948623 P. Scott Cummins

    Well said Tom, I have been in awe of a local group that has launched a national brand with products produced in Uganda and Peru:
    http://krochetkids.org/

  • Terry

    Hey I heard a blurb over KPLU while shooting through Seattle for your Town Hall event! Sounds like a great thing, hope I can attend.