Teens Aren't Part Of The Lazy, Apathetic Generation You Think They Are. Just Ask Them.

'I think our generation is the bridge to a new era.'

Baby Boomers. Millennials. The Peter Pans. Every generation has its own variety of nicknames, but when it comes to today's crop of teens, they've been largely left untouched. But instead of labeling them with a catchy (or not-so catchy) moniker, MTV had the members of Gen-Z rename themselves.

In a nationwide survey reaching over 1,000 teens, the network asked 13 and 14-year-olds what they'd like their generation to be called and their choice is fitting: The Founders. Despite a bleak job market, crushing national debt and a broken healthcare system that they've inherited, they're ready to tackle today's problems face-on -- in their own way.

"We're 'the Founders' because we are the ones transitioning to before, to what's going to become after," explained one young participant, in a video below.

"I'd like our generation to be marked kind of as the foundation that mostly set off what's going to happen in the next 50 to 100 years," another said.

While Gen-Yers are often given a bad rap, those born after 2000 remain refreshingly optimistic and forward-thinking when it comes to what they want to achieve and how they envision the future.

"I think our generation is the bridge to a new era -- a new idea, a new world, where things that haven't really been thought of, get thought of."

If you ask us, they're off to a pretty good start.

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