America, get ready for the Founders--the next generation of kids after the Millennials. Founders is just the latest name for this generation. Some others that have become popular include the Homeland generation, iGen, Gen Z, ReGen, and Posts (for post-Millennials).
So who came up with the moniker? Well, MTV asked 1,000 teenagers born after December 2000 to come up with some ideas on what to call themselves. They generated about 550 responses, and MTV finally settled on Founders. The logic: While Millennials have disrupted society, this generation will rebuild it. As MTV's president, Sean Atkins, told Time.com: “They have this self-awareness that systems have been broken, but they can’t be the generation that says we’ll break it even more.”
And unlike Millennials (who ALWAYS get a bad rap for being entitled), this new generation is more realistic. Supposedly.
If you're wondering where the generational line of demarcation starts and ends, there is some controversy. Founders (or whatever nickname sticks) are generally thought to be born after 2000, though there are some trend-watchers that say it includes kids born after 1995. Millennials span the years 1981 to at least 1995 (or 2000).