Having done either volunteer or required service during high school proved to be a significant predictor of volunteering 8 years later. The odds of volunteering at age 26 were 1.57 times greater for the youth who has done voluntary service during high school, vs not having done service. The odds of volunteering at age 26 were 1.46 times greater for youth who has done both voluntary and required service during high school, vs not having done either kind of service.
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