About 55 percent of American teenagers volunteered last year, many as part of a school activity, according to a survey from the Corporation for National and Community Service, in collaboration with the U.S. Census Bureau and Independent Sector, a Washington-based coalition of charitable groups.
The 55 percent volunteerism rate, which translates to about 15.5 million teenagers volunteering in 2004, compares with a 29 percent rate among adults that year, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The survey indicates that about 10.6 million youths engaged in community service as a part of a school activity. Only about 5 percent of teenagers said the activities were mandatory.
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- Superintendent of Schools
- Ashburnham-Westminster Regional Schools, Ashburnham, MA
- Assistant Professor of Special Education, Visual Impairments
- University of Pittsburgh, School of Education, PA
- Vice President -Curriculum & Instruction
- Discovery Communications, Silver Spring, MD
- Project Director - Boston Academic Strategy
- TNTP, Boston, MA
- SAU #88 Lebanon School District, West Lebanon, NH