What motivates young people in their common quest to discover, create, and express significant meaning in their lives? What are the organizations and groups they choose to engage with and be a part of? How do those organizations exhibit and express those values?
The values young people (ages 13-25) articulated are explored in this book. Each chapter focuses on a different value: Accountable, Inclusive, Authentic, Welcoming, Impactful, Relational, Growthful, and Meaningful.
These eight values emerged from surveys and interviews with young people, as well as other quantitative and qualitative research involving a range of resources, both scholarly and popular. As we collected our data early in 2020 through a nationally representative survey; looked at other data sources; and uncovered the practices, people, and organizations that were attracting intense commitment from young people; we made discoveries helpful to leaders trying to shape organizations, groups, institutions, and one-on-one relationships that better serve and care for young people today.
Featuring personal narrative from young people, as well as data, definitions, case studies, reflection questions, action items, and chapter summaries, Meaning Making is a dynamic exploration of the values that drive America’s newest generation. More importantly, it’s a guide for transforming the culture of your organization so you can attract and retain young people.