Youth Helping America: Educating for Active Citizenship: Service Learning, School Based Service, and Youth Civic Engagement

Youth Volunteering
Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Census Bureau
This study is the second in the Youth Helping America Series, a series of reports based on data from the Youth Volunteering and Civic Engagement Survey conducted in 2005. The survey collected information on teen volunteering habits, experiences with school-based service-learning, and other forms of civic engagement.
Key findings:
  • More than three-quarters of school-based service experiences take place as part of a course that contains one or more of the accepted elements of high-quality service-learning.
  • School-based service has a positive impact on students' experiences
  • Youth coming from families where their parents and/or siblings volunteer are more likely to report current or past participation in school-based service
  • Participation in school-based volunteer service was found to have a strong positive relationship with several measures of civic engagement, including their stated likelihood of future volunteering, their sense of personal efficacy, and their interest in current events and politics.
CNCS Program(s): 
Learn and Serve America
Age(s) Studied: 
6-12 (Childhood)
13-17 (Adolescent)
18-25 (Young adult)
Study Type(s): 
Case Study or Descriptive
Study Design(s): 
Corporation for National and Community Service
Year Published: 
Date Posted Online: 
February 9, 2017
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