The world feels like a pretty awful place right now. I’ve seen a lot of people in my social feeds say things like, “it must be hard to have kids and have to explain things like the Russian aggression against Ukraine to them.”

I always think that yes, sure it is — it’s really hard. On the other hand, having kids gives me hope that maybe they’ll do better than we did with the world. (Not for the lack of us trying, of course. But, sigh…here we are.)

Need proof that the world may be in good hands with Gen Z? That we’re going to be passing the baton to the most diverse, most educated generation yet?

We found just the person to give it to us: John Della Volpe, the director of polling at Harvard’s Kennedy School Institute of Politics, global authority on American youth, and author of the must-read new book, FIGHT: How Gen Z Is Channeling Their Fear and Passion to Save America.

Especially if you’re raising a tween or tween, we think you’ll find John candid, thoughtful, funny, and filled with surprises. In fact, he may be the biggest champion of Gen Z out there, and it’s all based on facts and data. And while we recorded this before Russia’s recent unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, we think it may help you know a bit more about how your kids might be seeing the situation.

Take a listen now, right here, or through your favorite podcast app, and if you like our show, please subscribe to Spawned so you never miss an episode.

This week on Spawned, we talk about topics like:

– what moves Gen Z as a generation
– how Gen Z values are transcending race, socioeconomics and geography
– the political data on youth, and how they’re moving the entire country left
– how Gen Z sees social media, good and bad
– why he thinks the challenges of the past two decades are making Gen Z less apathetic — and more inclined to change the world

And wow, does he have some pointed insight on how Gen Z is going to react to the current rash of book-banning around the country.

An interview with John Della Volpe, author of FIGHT: How Gen Z is Channeling Their Fear and Passion to Save America


You can find FIGHT: How Gen Z Is Channeling Their Fear and Passion to Save America by John Della Volpe from our affiliate Amazon, your local library, or support your local independent bookseller and grab a copy there.

You can also find John on Twitter @dellavolpe — he’s a terrific follow!


John Della Volpe on the incredible things Gen Z is doing...with the data to prove it | Spawned Podcast

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Ep 227: Janice Johnson Dias: Parenting with joy, raising change-makers, and navigating the f*ckery of life

Ep 249: Madeline Levine: Raising resilient kids in a world gone sideways

Ep 254: Kristin Russo: How to be a compassionate parent of LGBTQ kids

Ep 258:  Karen Walrond: How to make change in the world, without losing your joy

Ep 229: Michelle Icard: Fourteen talks to have before your child turns fourteen

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John: Ron Howard’s  Paper & Glue documentary about global artist and activist JR, who’s changing communities through interactive installments.

Liz: The ALA website page about banned and challenged books is an important and helpful resource right now.

Kristen: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid is a captivating read — and she loves it as an audiobook.

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