Despite our generation’s economic challenges, we remain optimistic and empowered to drive change and ensure a brighter future

Building a vibrant economic future is within our generation’s power – we have the motivation, the creativity, and the brains to achieve it. Coming of age amid a turbulent economy, however, we’ve faced no shortage of challenges – from student debt to the uncertainty of the job market.

Yet even in the face of these challenges, millennials are among the most optimistic generations in recent history, and we’re especially confident about our ability to create our own success. According to a 2016 study by the Pew Research Center, about 80 percent of millennials expect to earn enough money to support the lifestyles they aspire to lead.

Millennials aren’t just waiting for better opportunities to come our way: We’re actively building the future we want. Two-thirds of millennials say they aim to eventually start a business, and some analysts argue that millennials are poised to become the most entrepreneurial generation ever.

But it’s up to us to harness our knowledge, our voices, and our power to take charge of the future.