The renewal of labor militancy and radical politics is being led by a rising generation with its own rock-and-rap passion.
COLLEGE FINALIST: The range of options that my generation has to choose from has been whittled to a handful of bad ones. I am coming of age not in the land of the free, but in the land of the dependent.
HIGH SCHOOL FINALIST: We cannot invest more in education without making appropriate policy changes.
COLLEGE FINALIST: My generation must take on the task of building strong community economies and reestablishing collective wealth for all people.
HIGH SCHOOL FINALIST: Suddenly, my opinion of a record I had been listening to for over eight years was turned on its head.
COLLGE FINALIST: There’s still time to face up to the issues we stand to inherit, and our generation has the modern means to do it. Whether we can muster the will—well, that’s entirely up to us.
HIGH SCHOOL FINALIST: A Black face in my high school would become as foreign as a repressed memory that everyone just seemed to forget existed.
COLLEGE FINALIST: The inability for people to live in the present may become increasingly dangerous as it continues to become more socially acceptable.
HIGH SCHOOL WINNER: A graduating high school senior reflects on her generation's embattled future—and its dwindling access to quality education.
With high unemployment among youth, maybe young people should be thinking about creating their own jobs.