In identifying a primary influence in their lives, a good number of young adults named a grandparent. In this relationship, they could match personal values against a faithful witness. Experiences of the elder were a valuable guide for the young to consider their options and weigh consequences in decision making. Besides parents, teachers, coaches and others were also formative guides. What the older ones quickly acknowledge is the mentorship that the young also provide. Youth and college-age adults are taking initiative in ways that their seniors never considered. They speak out against injustices, exchange privileged status to work among and alongside vulnerable populations. Strong convinced protests of the young have risen up everywhere to persuade governing bodies to change environmental policies. Our times are asking for mutual inspiration and influence as mixed generations together create positive gains for the future.
by Ruth Feeney, OSB