HOPEbriefs | Counteracting the Gen-Me Epidemic

How do you fight an epidemic of narcissism?
The unprecedented self-centeredness of today’s youth has caused some to label them, “Generation-Me.” A toxic cocktail of self-centered music, social media, and selfie culture has produced an enormous sense of entitlement that is ruining many of today’s youth.
In response to this disheartening trend, Hope Academy is raising up others-focused leaders. Last month, I brought 17 seniors from Hope Academy to the Dominican Republic. What an eye opener! While in the D.R., students helped put on a dental clinic for 125 rural children; they served at an orphanage; and they toured one of the poorest places in the Western Hemisphere.
“This trip has definitely changed my life for the better,” said Shevon. “It’s made me a more thoughtful person, especially when it comes to distinguishing between ‘wants’ and ‘needs’ in the United States.”
Another senior, Nathan, was so moved by his experience that he decided to volunteer in our community, and give $39 a month to sponsor a child in the D.R. through Compassion International.
Hope Academy is cultivating counter-cultural servant leaders who avoid doing things from selfish ambition or conceit, “but in humility count others as more important than themselves” (Phil. 2:3). It’s hard work, but it’s the best way I know to bring enduring joy and hope to our city this Christmas. Thanks for your help.


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