A sadly common refrain about young people today is that they are coddled, entitled, self-absorbed and tech-addicted.

But as events this year have shown us, teenagers and young adults are fiercely engaged, strong, resilient and determined to make a mark in the world.

This is something I know firsthand as a longtime and retiring professor of furniture design and construction at the Ontario College of Art and Design University, and the owner of a unique skateboard company that specializes in build-it-yourself kits that have particular appeal to teens and young adults.

Most of my students are fully engaged with the modern world of tech. They have embraced their tech obsession by learning how to use CNC routers, laser cutters and 3D printers when they build furniture. Read more