May 13, 2013— -- intro: Whether earnestly or as the result of some truly next-level trolling, last week's Time magazine has dubbed its cover subject, millennials, "entitled," "lazy," and "narcissistic." And, as with any generation of teens and twenty-somethings, some of us most certainly are terrible.
But we're also a generation of strivers, struggling (and succeeding) through an economic recession, ridiculous and petty politics, war, and an environment reeling as a result of the generations that came before us.
We are, for the most part, cleaning up the mess left by Baby Boomers with the help of Generation Xers. And, you know what? We're doing a good job.
So, in the spirit of celebrating a generation that I'm actually pretty thrilled to be a part of, here are ten millennials who are making big moves in fields like art, technology, fashion, and entertainment. And they're leaving the world a better, funnier, healthier, and more beautiful place than they found it.
title: Jennie Lamere
text: Jennie Lamere, a 17-year-old high school student from New Hampshire, was the only girl to present a completed project at the TVnext Hack event in Boston. That project? Twivo, a program that allows Twitter users to block spoilers of their favorite shows from popping up on their streams. It took her simply 10 hours and 150 lines of code to complete. Lamere won in both the "best use of sync-to-broadcast" category as well as the overall "best in show." Not too bad for a lazy millennial. *Selfie snap.*
title: Panmela Castro
text: You might know Panmela Castro as "Anarkia," the name she uses while creating her lush, evocative, jarring, and often socio-political graffiti murals in her native Brazil. Originally from the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, 26-year-old Castro is president of Nami Network, a group that works to promote women's rights through graffiti-art. She won the 2010 Vital Voices Global Leadership Award for Human Rights. You can read more about her and her art here and here.
title: Nathan Sigworth
text: Nathan Sigworth is not yet 30, but he's already CEO and co-founder of PharmaSecure, a company that helps drug companies combat counterfeit medicine in the developing world, as well as help create dialogue between patients and their healthcare providers. His hard work and dedication landed him on Inc.'s "30 Under 30" list. The company also does more than help patients around the world verify that their medicine is legitimate and safe to use, it also dispenses health tips and free advice on the phone from healthcare professionals.
title: Tavi Gevinson
text: You've definitely heard of Tavi, right? She emerged onto the fashion scene at the tender age of 11 by offering her funny, insightful take on fashion through her personal blog, The Style Rookie, and eventually founded and became editor-in-chief of her own online fashion and culture magazine, Rookie, along with a book version. She also gave a very honest and really quite inspiring TEDxTeen talk about " Not bad for 17.
title: Jack Andraka
text: Jack Andraka is 16. Jack Andraka is the 2012 recipient of the Intel Science Fair grand prize and the Gordon E. Moore Award for developing a new method to detect pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancer in their early stages. AT SIXTEEN. Jack Andraka is amazing.
title: Issa Rae