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Motivation millennial mentorship means marketing meaning

Most of the contributors fall beyond the target demographic. I am 19 years old, so I know quite a bit about what motivates the millennial generation to act. I've also been a mentor many times in my life to people of all ages. From these experiences I have gathered these key insights: young people today crave creating meaning and prioritize paving their futures. Exciting young adults today requires showing them how what they are doing will make an impact on society, and what skills, knowledge, and resources they will gain from the the experience. Broadly, my idea is to frame the mentorship instead as a peer experience - millennials and seniors working together and learning from one another.

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This research inspires me because it stems from my own life experiences and allows me to derive greater meaning from seemingly ordinary actions and events. Though my research cannot be concisely narrowed to a single document (what a life that would be!), my contribution is perhaps one of the more valuable insights precisely because it comes from the perspective of someone to whom this challenge is trying to reach.


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Great to have you join this challenge, Stephanie – and we're loving that your post re-enforces an emerging theme from our Research phase around the notion of shared purpose. Here's more opportunities we've been musing about: Hope they might inspire more posts and insights from you!

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Hi Stephanie, interesting post! Any chance you could find an image to go along with it? Images help grab attention and tell a story with higher impact. You should be able to use the Update Entry button on the right of your post and follow the instructions to add images from there. We know occasionally people have issues uploading images so let us know by hitting the Feedback button at the bottom of most pages of our site if you face any problems. Looking forward to seeing more of your inspiring insights on OpenIDEO.

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Hi Stephanie, I appreciate your contribution. I'm 31 years old, and from my past experience (say 15 years ago), the only way teenagers got the chance to mentor the older adults was through a mandatory program in school, that forces you to volunteer once or twice a week. How would you suggest that teenagers and older adults work together to accomplish something?