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They were dubbed as the "we" generation -- selfish and materialistic youngsters focused only on their needs.  But statistics dispute this notion. Worldwide young people volunteer 2.4 billion hours annually, helping in elderly homes, orphanages and community centres, among others.

This photo gallery documents the invaluable contribution provided by young people to promote volunteerism worldwide.

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A young volunteer teaches an elderly man how to use a computer.
(Photo: Caritas Community Centre. China)A young volunteer teaches an elderly man how to use a computer. (Photo: Caritas Community Centre. China)