formation of civic-political identity
The path from doing service to seeing oneself as a civic and political actor is operative. It is not claimed that the path described in the study is unique. There must be several ways to form a civic-political identity. However, it is not by chance that service, which puts youth in challenging positions and allows them to work alongside adults in an organization, functions to shape the self into a civic-political actor.
Beschreibung der Aktivität
community based youth work done by students in two high schools included in the evaluation
Both schools had a requirement that students do 12 or more hours of service every year, but student could choose the kinds of service they wanted to do: raise money for causes, tutor classmates, work at soup kitchens feeding the homeless.
high school students
teilnehmende Kinder und Jugendliche
Evaluierung der Aktivität
The data for this study come from students in two Catholic high schools: yearly assessment for four years; survey 8 years after graduating from high school.
students' experiences of service
First study: "I felt I made a contribution to the organization" [through which I did service]; "I discovered things about myself I never knew I could do"; Second survey: "Voted in any election during the prior two years (1998-2000)"; "Done civic or voluntary service during the previous 12 months".
The youth in this study came from a nationally representative sample of 25,000 students who were in high school from 1989-1992; 12,144 youth were surveyed in 2000, 8 years after they had graduated from high school
1995 - 1999