College Students Helping America

Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)
The mission of the Corporation for National and Community Service is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.To identify key trends in college student volunteering and to understand their implications for growing volunteering among college students, the Corporation produced this report. The report analyzes data collected from 2002 to 2005 as part of the Current Population Survey (CPS), a comprehensive and scientifically rigorous survey of, at the time,  60,000 American house-holds conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Major findings:
  • The number of college students who volunteer is up by approximately 20 percent from 2002 to 2005.
  • The growth in college volunteering has been generated primarily by youth who attended high school or were first-year college students during the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
  • Tutoring and mentoring are the most popular volunteer activities among college students.
  • Students who work part time volunteer more than students who do not work at all.
Age(s) Studied: 
13-17 (Adolescent)
18-25 (Young adult)
Study Type(s): 
Case Study or Descriptive
Study Design(s): 
Year Published: 
Date Posted Online: 
December 13, 2016
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