CIRCLE (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement)
conducts research on the civic and political engagement of young Americans.
The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement

FEATURED: Youth Volunteering in the States: 2002 to 2009

The volunteering rate among Americans of high-school age (16-18) hit its peak in 2005, at 33%, but has since declined to 27-29% for the past four years, according to the new CIRCLE fact sheet “Youth Volunteering in the States: 2002 to 2009.” This fact sheet provides rates of volunteering for teenagers and young adults by state in 2002 through 2009. It also summarizes state policies relevant to youth volunteering.

February 14th, 2011
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FEATURED: Predicting Civic Engagement in Urban High School Students

by Hugh McIntosh & Marco A. Muñoz December 2009  In Working Paper #69, the authors examine the civic engagement outcomes that Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) in  Louisville, KY, has chosen to promote in its students. Using a large sample in an urban school district, the study finds that the most important predictors of youth Read More >

December 2nd, 2009
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Youth without college education are less likely to volunteer: New CIRCLE report examines the correlation between college experience & volunteering

Tisch College, Tufts University —Despite the upward trend in youth volunteering, young adults with no college experience are half as likely to volunteer as their collegiate counterparts, according to a new report examining the relationship between youth volunteering and college experience. Roughly 43 percent of the 20-to-29-year-old population has not attended college. Download the fact Read More >

August 11th, 2009
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Three New Volunteering Fact Sheets

by Karlo Barrios Marcelo July 2007 Using data from the Census Bureau’s 2006 Current Population Survey (CPS) September Volunteering Supplement, these fact sheets provide volunteer rate statistics, as well as information on how youth become involved in volunteer organizations, the types of volunteer activities, volunteer rates by geographical region, and median volunteer hours. Volunteering Among Read More >

July 18th, 2007
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Youth Volunteer Motivations: Implications for Practice

The research suggests that understanding youth volunteer motivations, or what motivates a particular young person to volunteer,  can have practical implications for the way volunteer programs are managed. Some organizations have already taken their volunteers’ motivations into consideration when designing their programs. Download the article here.

March 19th, 2006
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