Generation M

Florangela Davila

When it comes to religion, young adults feel a lot differently about thesubject than previous generations. People in their 20s are less likelyto be affiliated with organized religion. They’re also more likely to say
they don’t believe in God.

So what’s it like to be a young person navigating life without faith? In the final part of our series on millennials “GENERATION M”, reporter Florangela Davila introduces us to a 20-something digital marketing manager in Seattle.
 

Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

Twenty-somethings get a bad rap these days. You know the stereotypes: Heads buried in their smartphone. Sleeping in their parents' basement. Too apathetic to care about anything... especially getting involved in politics. Today we meet a Northwest twenty-something who's working hard to overcome his generation's reputation. He's doing something that many millennials do...effecting political change in HIS own unique way.

I first met Bryan Williamson at the Oregon state capitol. He was advocating for his favorite cause the old-fashioned way: Sitting in front of lawmakers…

Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

The Washington legislature is trending a bit younger these day. Nine of the 147 members are under-34 year olds. These millennials are breaking some stereotypes about their generation. At the same time they’re trying to encourage other more disengaged millennials to get involved. They’re also finding some generational common ground across party lines.

It’s not every day the four youngest members of the Washington legislature gather in one place. So, as they sat down recently for an interview, an official legislative photographer snapped photos.

Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

If you want to know what the United States is going to be like in 30 years – better look to the generation that's under 34 right now. They're known as “Millennials.” Or, sometimes, “the selfie generation.” Yes, they've gotten a bit of a reputation for being plugged-in, tuned-out and perhaps overly indulged. Well, we're going find out whether this reputation is deserved over the next few days in series we're calling Generation M. First, Jessica Robinson gives us an idea of just who these kids are … by comparing them with their parents.