The Struggles and Triumphs of Gen Z

The Struggles and Triumphs of Gen Z

June 20, 2024


The Importance of Young Peoples Stories

The stories from our youths are so powerful and rich in meaning in today’s rapidly changing world. More commonly known as Zoomers, Generation Z is a cohort with challenges that are quite peculiar and, at the same time, has opportunities that make it very complex. That is the reason why adults should listen and understand the stories to support and guide the next generation.


The Unique Challenges of Generation Z

These are members of Generation Z: people born from the late-1990s to the early 2010s in a world unlike that which had come before them, for their times gave us technological advancements and social change. This is the first generation to find these struggles at home, school, and the world, where change almost always comes as the norm.

Home: For most Zoomers, life at home varies from financial insecurity to family dysfunctions. The pressure to be on social media and demands to be connected usually spill over into the household, shattering personal and public life boundaries. This partly results in the high mental issues that the generation faces, mainly anxiousness, and depression, coming as it does with a never-ending flood of information and the demands of creating an online persona.

School: At school, Gen Z has to survive through the education system itself, failing to catch up with technological and societal changes. One could argue that the old-style classroom doesn’t do justice to these digital natives as they are inherently made of interactive and instant learning. Still, pressure to perform well at school in the presence of sheer competition and the dreaded thought of student debts added intense stress. There is much physical bullying, besides going on in real life, from the intimidating situation created by virtual perverts, which leaves the children with a lingering sense of insecurity and low self-esteem.

In Public: The encounter with societal expectations and that the job market is changing at a pace such that Zoomers are being alarmed carries in their consciousness matters of social justice, climate change, and political polarization as informed by their worldview. All of these are impacting action. Indeed, for Zoomers, another real-time challenge is the complex social landscape where identity, inclusivity, and diversity are at the cutting edge of public discourse.


Why It’s Important to Listen to the Stories of Young People

Knowing what Gen Z has gone through is valid and obligatory in placing context for them to thrive empathetically. Their stories matter for a couple of reasons:

  1. Building Empathy and Understanding: From the youth’s stories, one can almost definitely feel the hurdles they have had to jump and the victories scored. This realization bridges the generational gap and creates respect and cooperation among the youth.
  2. Shaping Policies and Practices: The insights coming out of youth narratives would go a long way in the shaping of policies and practices both in education and in mental health and community services. Making these systems serve the needs of Gen Z better can only result in more supportive and practical support and intervention strategies.
  3. Empowering the Next Generation: When the youth feel heard and valued, this gives the push and oomph to become active elements within their communities and beyond. That sense of agency, which is essential for making young minds into confident, self-sufficient adults, has to come from the youth.
  4. Fostering Innovation and Change: Generation Z’s new perspective contributes to innovation and social change. Having first-hand experience with modern challenges makes them excellent pioneers in formulating solutions in the present context.

We, as adults, could help Gen Z be more adept at telling their stories and navigating their challenges by doing the following:

Develop Safe Spaces: Introduce places where young people can feel free and safe in their expression without the thought of being judged or experiencing reprisals.

Encourage Open Dialogue: Encourage free and frank dialogue about what is dear to them. Be very alert and actively listen to their issues, concerns, and ideas.

Mentorship and Guidance: Be a mentor and guide; share the experiences and wisdom you have gained, but don’t forget to respect their autonomy and unique perspective.

Catalyst for Change: Influence policy and practice that attends to their specific needs and the well-being of Gen Zers, from mental health support to educational reform.


The stories of these Gen Zs are robust, of resilience and adaptability on their part. In fact, by listening to and acknowledging these stories, we might affirm them with as much support as possible toward their pathway to having the fundamental tools and opportunities for success. By so doing, we help them not with their problems but with causing a brighter, inclusive future. If you are on the NEPA area and would like to know how you can join us to help reach this generation, please check out the Join The Movement page! If you are interested in learning more on these topics please check out some of these additional resources below!

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