ERIC Number: ED484026
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Aug
Youth Volunteering in the States: 2002 and 2003. CIRCLE Fact Sheet.
Helms, Sara E.
Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement
Volunteer rates vary tremendously across states and age groups. In recent years, young people have exhibited rising volunteering rates, particularly high school students and college freshmen. When comparing the volunteer rates for different age groups in 2002 and 2003, 16-18 year olds volunteer at consistently higher rates than their college-age peers, as found in previous literature. Nationwide, the volunteer rate for 16-18 year olds was 30% in 2002 and 32% in 2003; in contrast, the rates for 19-24 year olds were 18% and 20%, respectively. Volunteer rates for the population aged 25 years and older showed a slight increase, rising from 28% to 30% from 2002 to 2003.The results found using the Current Population Survey (CPS)Volunteer Supplements are generally lower than other estimates of the volunteer rate for the population (both overall and among different age groups). This fact sheet presents volunteer rates by state and age groups calculated using the CPS. The large size of the CPS allows a state-by-state comparison for different age groups, a feature rarely found in data sets on volunteering.
Descriptors: Volunteers, Youth, Adolescents, Young Adults, Age Differences, High School Students, Place of Residence, Citizen Participation
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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