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Building active citizens: The role of social institutions in teen volunteering
25 January 2006
by Robert Grimm, et al

This report highlights the state of American youth volunteering and consider the relationship between teen volunteer (ages 12 to 18) behaviour and three primary environments where youth form their social networks: family, religious organizations, and school. These social institutions play an essential role in connecting youth to volunteer opportunities and encouraging them to become engaged in service. Fostering environments that encourage volunteer activities are critical to creating a commitment to service and community involvement that will remain with them for their lifetime, says the report.