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Facts on Youth Voluteerism!

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Fast Facts

  • Youth volunteering is up 12% over the last 10 years. (UCLA/Higher Education Research Institute Annual Freshmen Survey, 1999)
  • 73% of America’s 60 million young people believe they can make a difference in their communities. (Do Something Young People’s Involvement Survey /Princeton Survey Research, 1998)
  • Teenagers volunteer 2.4 billion hours annually. (Independent Sector/Gallup, 1996) •    Teenage service is worth $34.3 billion to the US economy. (Independent Sector/Gallup, 1999 value of service)
  • Youth who volunteer just one hour a week are 50% less likely to abuse drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, or engage in destructive behavior. (Search Institute, 1995)
  • Youth who volunteer are more likely to do well in school, graduate, vote, and be philanthropic. (UCLA/Higher Education Research Institute, 1991)

Number of Youth Volunteering

  • Out of 13.3 million youth, 59.3% volunteer an average of 3.5 hours per week, versus 49% of the adult population volunteering an average of 4.2 hours. (Independent Sector/Gallup, 1996)
  • 74.2% of high school seniors volunteered in 1998. (UCLA/Higher Education Research Institute Annual Freshmen Survey, 1999)
  • 70% of young people ages 15-21 have participated in activities to help strengthen their community at some point in their lives. (Do Something/Princeton Survey Research, 1998

Dismal Facts

  • Only 37% of American adults believe today’s children, once grown, will make the world a better place. (Public Agenda Survey for the Ad Council and Ronald McDonald House Charities, 1997)
  • 61% of American adults are convinced that today’s youth face a crisis in their values and morals, look at teenagers with misgiving, and view them as undisciplined, disrespectful, and unfriendly. (Public Agenda Survey for the Ad Council and Ronald McDonald House Charities, 1997)
  • Only 20% of young people perceive that adults in the community value youth. (Search Institute Survey of Youth 6th to 12th Graders, 1997)

The Impact of Youth Service

  • The value of service carried out on National Youth Service Day exceeds $171 million. (Youth Service America estimates based on Independent Sector value of service, 1999)
  • Youth who volunteer are three times more likely to volunteer as adults. (Independent Sector/Gallup, 1996)
  • Teens say the benefits received from volunteering are: Learning to respect others; learning to be helpful and kind; learning to understand people who are different from them; developing leadership skills, becoming more patient, and better understanding of good citizenship. (Independent Sector/Gallup, 1996)

Reasons Youth Volunteer

Major reasons cited by teens for volunteering: Youth feel compassion for people in need; they can do something for a cause in which they believe; they believe that if they help others, others will help them. (Independent Sector/Gallup, 1996)

Teens rank volunteering, the environment, and eating healthy, as top three activities they consider ‘cool’. (Teenage Marketing and Lifestyle Study, 1998)

73% of young people think their efforts can have a positive impact on their communities. (Do Something Young People’s Involvement Survey /Princeton Survey Research, 1998)

Six Proven Ways to Increase Teen Volunteering

  1. Ask them to volunteer;
  2. Encourage youth to get involved in volunteering at an early age;
  3. Encourage children and young adults to participate in community groups, faith-based
    organizations, student government, and school projects;
  4. Encourage a positive self-image so that young people are able to help others and
    contribute to their communities;
  5. Be a mentor in your community;
  6. Provide young people with opportunities to take courses that include and even
    require community service. (Independent Sector/Gallup, 1996)