If You Were Born Between 1982 And 2002, There's Stuff You Should Know About You And Your Awesomeness

If you were born between 1982 and 2004, you're part of a special club called millennials.

You remember toys like this:

and TV shows like this:

As a generation, millennials are pretty rad.

Being in The Millennial Club also means you were shaped by some pretty intense shit, like Hurricane Katrina:

The Great Recession and Occupy Wall Street protests

And America's first black president.

All these things and more sculpted the 82 million millennials in the U.S. We make up the largest voting bloc in the country! Think about what we could do with that power, yo!

Some people say millennials are self-involved and take too many selfies. To them, I say, "You people are absurd."

And then I have them watch this video about what we are actually all about:

It's about time we start sharing the message of who we actually are to the world.


If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.