Categories: National News

Chevrolet and Millennial Community Partner On Generation’s Challenges

Chevrolet recently partnered with the National Millennial Community and sent out groups of influential young people to destinations around Seattle, Washington to execute think tank-style discussions on topics related to the success of today’s multicultural millennials.

The National Millennial Community (NMC) is a progressive and diverse group of millennials that works to dispel negative stereotypes about the generation and represents the 80 million young people in this country by conducting think tanks, seminars and engagement opportunities with the CEOs of major corporations. The community’s members present diversity in ethnicity, geographic location, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion and more.

Chevrolet and the National Millennial Community created these mobile think tanks in an effort to understand what networking, personal branding and searching for jobs means for all millennials, factoring in the unique challenges facing that generation.

Precious Angel Smith, one of the program participants, said that she’s working to dispel the negative stereotypes that millennials don’t understand the importance of working hard and that they’re too obsessed with technology to engage with the world around them.

Smith said that it can be hard searching for jobs and networking as a Black millennial.

“Being Black sets me apart as it is, then when you add the fact that I’m a woman and a millennial, that’s when things get sticky,” said Smith. “Because of those three attributes, I constantly find myself having to go the extra mile and surpass the expectations that have been predetermined for me.”

Smith continued: “I’ve learned that in this world, being a Black millennial will never be easy, I will have to continue to work three times as hard as [White men]. However, one thing I will never do is jeopardize my morals and values in an attempt to be accepted in the workforce.”

Xavier Robertson said that sometimes millennials are stereotyped for lacking a strong work ethic.

“This is a misunderstanding,” said Robertson. “It’s not that we don’t like to work, it’s that we like to do work that matters and for people that care.”

Robertson continued: “We want to make an impact and we want to be respected. Millennials want to be challenged and inspired on a daily basis, so that we can maximize our potential.”

During the Seattle trip, Chevrolet provided millennials with the Chevy Trax sports utility vehicle to use as a mobile working space. The 4G LTE Wi-Fi within the vehicle allowed the teams (up to seven devices) to connect to the Internet, research necessary information and collaborate on their findings. While traveling to their various destinations, the drivers used Apple CarPlay or Android Auto for navigation and playing music.

Chevrolet equipped the Trax with a printer, coffee machine and other office gadgets that were plugged into the 12-volt outlet in the rear seats. Once each team arrived at their destination, the front passenger seat folded down, providing a completely flat working desk for laptops, tablets or writing.

Following the think tanks, the National Millennial Community participants traveled to a central location and crafted a tool kit designed to help their peers find jobs and network more effectively.

Smith said that as a member of the National Millennial Community, she has benefitted in ways that she could have never imagined. Smith said that she has not only traveled to different states to share different perspectives as a millennial, she has also had the opportunity to meet CEOs and owners of major corporations.

Robertson agreed that the experiences provided through the National Millennial Community are life-changing.

“The National Millennial Community is an awesome group of diverse individuals working to inform people about the misconceptions about millennials,” said Robertson. “This community not only assembles millennials from around the country to talk about these issues, but we also had the opportunity to talk face to face with the leaders of influential brands in the United States.”

Robertson continued: “We are able to have a direct impact on the conversation about us. Very few times are there opportunities where you can sit down and have conversations that can impact the world and through NMC, we can do that.”

You can follow the conversation, on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #ChevyThinkTanks.

Web Staff

Comments are closed.

Published by
Web Staff

Recent Posts

  • Uncategorized

Trending Story Virginia Beach Ministers Want City Manager Out Over “Poor Leadership”

By New Journal and Guide Staff VIRGINIA BEACH The Virginia Beach Interdenominational Minister’s Conference (VBIMC) is calling for the immediate…

2 days ago
  • Hampton Roads Community News

Activists March Outside Court In Support of Vets’ Lawsuit

NORFOLK Veterans, Civil Rights Activists and Citizens held a demonstration against Military Sexual Trauma (MST), Physical Assault, Rape and Sexual…

2 days ago
  • Health

Rotator Cuff Injuries – One of the Most Aggravating and Painful

By Glenn Ellis As I write this column, I’m in pain from a torn rotator cuff. It’s been a…

2 days ago
  • Black Arts and Culture
  • Black College News

Black Wealth 2020 Adds HBCUs To Its Economic Empowerment Agenda

By Hazel Trice Edney The short-term economic impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) is $15 billion – rivaling…

2 days ago
  • Black Arts and Culture

Events Will Commemorate 1619 African Landing In Hampton

By Stacy M. Brown NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia In August 1619, more than 20 Africans landed at Old Point Comfort,…

3 days ago
  • National Commentary

Healing Hate As Hate Crimes Increase

By Rosaland Tyler Associate Editor New Journal and Guide Many individuals nationwide are busy trying to heal hate; although hate…

3 days ago