Youth Volunteering Dips, First Time Since 9/11

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CHICAGO (AP) - An analysis of federal data has found that the percentage of teens who volunteer dipped in recent years, ending an upward trend that began after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Researchers at Tufts University found that one in three teens, age 16 to 18, volunteered in 2005, representing a peak in community service for all age groups since the survey began tracking volunteerism in 2002.

In 2006, however, that rate dropped to 29 percent and then to 28 percent in 2007, the most recent year for which data is available.

Vermont, North Dakota, Alaska, Utah and Washington were among those with the highest percentages of 16- to 18-year-olds volunteering. Nevada, Georgia, New Mexico, New York and South Carolina ranked among the lowest.

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