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Volunteering Trends Among Young Adults

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Adolescent participation in unpaid volunteer service is thought to promote a sense of civic and community responsibility. Currently, there is a strong interest in having students serve as volunteers with high schools and post-secondary institutions formulating opportunities, and in some cases requirements, for students to serve through coursework and extracurricular activities. Using the (NELS:88) data file we examined trends in volunteering behaviors among a cohort of young adults. We examined three waves of data from these young adults starting in high school (1990-92), two years after high school (1994) and 8 years after high school (2000) when most have entered the workforce and began family formations. We find significant differences in volunteering by race, gender and socioeconomic status over the 10-year period. The organizational preference for volunteering also shifts from high school through adulthood. Finally we find that students who participated in required volunteering programs in high school were less likely to volunteer 8 years later than those who performed volunteer service for other reasons. In fact, those with required high school volunteer service were as likely to volunteer in 2000 as were those students who did not volunteer in high school.

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volunteers, community service, adolescents, trends
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Regnier, Michael. and Planty, Mike. "Volunteering Trends Among Young Adults" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Public Opinion Research, Sheraton Music City, Nashville, TN, Aug 16, 2003 <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p116446_index.html>

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Regnier, M. and Planty, M. , 2003-08-16 "Volunteering Trends Among Young Adults" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Public Opinion Research, Sheraton Music City, Nashville, TN <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p116446_index.html

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Abstract: Adolescent participation in unpaid volunteer service is thought to promote a sense of civic and community responsibility. Currently, there is a strong interest in having students serve as volunteers with high schools and post-secondary institutions formulating opportunities, and in some cases requirements, for students to serve through coursework and extracurricular activities. Using the (NELS:88) data file we examined trends in volunteering behaviors among a cohort of young adults. We examined three waves of data from these young adults starting in high school (1990-92), two years after high school (1994) and 8 years after high school (2000) when most have entered the workforce and began family formations. We find significant differences in volunteering by race, gender and socioeconomic status over the 10-year period. The organizational preference for volunteering also shifts from high school through adulthood. Finally we find that students who participated in required volunteering programs in high school were less likely to volunteer 8 years later than those who performed volunteer service for other reasons. In fact, those with required high school volunteer service were as likely to volunteer in 2000 as were those students who did not volunteer in high school.

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