WHAT WE'RE ABOUT
One of the main benefits of being a Millennial is the continual stream of consciousness available to the public through technology. This incredible innovation has revealed a great deal of hurt among us. In this pain we blame institutions, we blame public figures, we blame the environment, we even blame each other, and maybe it is time to start talking about why. Here's the deal - this show is not an exact science. We are not experts - we are just two people who decided to take our one-on-one conversations and share them with you in a hope to increase civil discourse. We want to talk to you, with you, and about all of this!
ALLIE BAYNE, CO-HOST
Allie was born in 1986. She grew up with 3 siblings whose births range from 1984 to 1992. She grew up watching Disney Princesses and Ninja Turtles, playing Legend of Zelda and Mario Cart, and of course reading Harry Potter. As an adult, she has been a middle school social studies teacher since 2007, had her Master’s in Secondary Education since 2010, and her Doctorate in Instructional Technology since 2017. Allie is also an Adjunct Professor at Towson University and is working on a few projects for publication. She was born and raised in Baltimore City, Maryland and still lives there with her husband and two daughters.
JAKE GREENWOOD, CO-HOST
Jake was born in 1986. He was raised in a conservative, Christian household in Baltimore City and attended private school along with his three siblings. Throughout his childhood, Jake's family was heavily involved in Rec League sports, and he did everything from football to ice skating. By middle school Jake's athletic interest turned to skateboarding, which consumed his extracurricular life until he was about 20. Since graduating in 2008 from Goucher College with a BA in Biology, Jake has enjoyed a career in biomedical research. Jake has never lived outside of Baltimore and he currently resides there with his wife and two daughters.
and YOU, GUEST HOST
Each week we intend to enrich our conversation by including outside perspectives. We would love to have you join us as a guest host. Please email us a recorded clip of you analyzing a current event or pop culture topic. In an effort to consolidate, please keep your recording to under two minutes.
WHAT DO WE MEAN BY MILLENNIAL?
Millennials - blamed for everything from killing print news to eliminating family dinner. They are commonly described as narcissistic, entitled, and technology obsessed. At the same time Millennials are attributed with some of the world's newest and most innovative inventions.
With 78 million Millennials in the United States born from1980-2000, there is no way our crimped-haired friends from the 80's - our grungy 90's grease balls - and our boy band-loving Y2Kers grew up to be the same sort of adults.
One thing is for sure, more than any generation before; Millennials do not affiliate themselves with systematic social groupings. An individual is no longer defined by the views of one political party, religious affiliation, career path, sexual orientation, or even gender. That does not mean however, that Millennials believe in nothing, they just don't believe what has been set up as a standard system from the past.
...AND THEN THERE IS THE ATYPICAL MILLENNIAL
The idea for this podcast popped up one day when we (Allie & Jake) were discussing how we don't feel like Millennials. Millennials (also labeled as Generation Y) often get pigeon holed as having one specific way of life. We began calling ourselves Atypical Millennials to describe our year of birth, but not the lifestyle we set for ourselves. Unlike many Millennials who are marrying later in life, moving home with their parents, and bouncing around a bit to find their perfect career, we were engaged at 19 (Allie) and 20 (Jake). That is not to say we didn't have our bumps, but we were married by 20 (Allie) and 21 (Jake), bought a house, and had two children by 24. We both went straight from high school to four year universities and then straight from college to the workforce.
So, now in our early 30s we have both held the same careers for over a decade. We always saw the way we lived as more of a Generation X or even Baby Boomer lifestyle. There was however a big problem with our lifestyle. Our Generation X and Baby Boomer colleagues, saw us as "inexperienced children", often leaving us out of their social and professional circles. Our Millennial friends were also on a different path, going out multiple nights a week, partying, and traveling. While this was a blast - - baby sitters are expensive, and thus that social circle closed for us too. In this social purgatory we found ourselves having several nights of deep conversation about everything from cartoons to politics. During this time we realized that we like being Millennials. Regardless of accusations by the media, the social, environmental, economic, and political changes Millennials are initiating aren't so bad. So we thought, maybe there are more Atypical Millennials out there, and maybe we should find them.