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Monday, 9th April 2007

Disadvantaged Teens Benefit from Volunteering, But Do it Less than Better-Off Peers

Disadvantaged Teens Benefit from Volunteering, But Do it Less than Better-Off Peers
Source: Corporation for National and Community Service

A new federal study has found that volunteering produces many positive benefits for teens from low-income backgrounds - they become empowered, are more likely to volunteer and become politically engaged, and believe they will graduate from college and make a difference in their communities.

But the study by the Corporation for National and Community Service also found a disturbing “class gap” in teen volunteer rates. Youth from disadvantaged circumstances have a volunteer rate of 43 percent, compared to 59 percent for other youth. They are also much less likely than other youth to take part in service-learning or school civic clubs.

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