Hello. I was a member of those "thirteen" lost kids (we actually had 11 kids and two counselors, but hey, that's the media.) I am quite distraught by the way you are completely generalizing kids of today. If this is what you truly think, then America's future, to put it in a "kid" way is completely screwed over. I am so sorry that you have so little hope. Saying that, I am going to try to give you some hope--don't worry, we're not all losers.
Let me tell you a little about myself. I have been going to the "Jewish camp outside of Telluride (really located in the Ozarks in Missouri, but again, that's the media) for seven years. I hope to one day become a counselor there, and even earn my 10 year sweatshirt. Kids of today are committed.
Yesterday was Saturday, and this is how the day went for me. From 9-11:30 I went to my school for a show choir rehearsal. After that I went out to eat with my friends, and then later that night went to a world premier of a play. Sound somewhat like most adult's typical weekend day? Kids of today are not so unlike adults of today.
I am a member of the Young Democrats club, Drama Club, GLBTSA Club, and Competitive Forensics (placing 5th in state in one event) at my school. I was also involved in all of our school plays, either in tech or in cast. Some of the rehearsals for the plays went from 5:30 to 11:00. Kids of today have causes.
I have volunteered for the Friendship home, a home that protects battered and abused women, and their children. I am also currently involved in the Matt Connealy campaign for US Congress. I feel that because I cannot vote, this is the least I could do. Kids of today work hard for what they believe in.
I am taking a full schedule now, and for the last three semesters I took an extra class. I take all of these classes, and do all of my extra-curricular while maintaining an above 4.0 GPA. Kids of today know what it takes to achieve, and pursue it.
Yes, I do admit that not all kids do work hard, just as not all adults do their best, but most of us are trying. Please, do not worry about your and our future. I promise we will do our best.