Youth Volunteering in Record Number
This is a hopeful piece I saw in the Boston Globe, “Youths propel a push toward volunteerism.” Teenagers are volunteering in unprecedented numbers, and among the many doom and gloom reports about the future of today’s youth, I think this makes outstanding news!
American teenagers today are 100 percent more likely to volunteer than teenagers in the last few decades, federal research shows. A record 68 percent of K-12 schools offer or recognize service opportunities for students, according to a study by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a government agency, which also reports a 69 percent increase in applications to the AmeriCorps program over the last four years. A survey by UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute found that two-thirds of students entering college in 2006 felt that helping others in need was essential or very important, the highest rate in 26 years.