Corporation for National and Community Service
Teens from low-income backgrounds who volunteer become empowered and are more likely to become politically engaged, believe they will graduate from college and believe they can make a difference in their communities, according to this new federal study. Researchers also found a disturbing “class gap” in teen volunteer rates: Forty-three percent of disadvantaged youth say they volunteer, compared with 59 percent of other youth. Low-income youth are also much less likely than other youth to take part in service-learning programs or school civic clubs. Free. 32 pages. (202) 606-5000, http://www.nationalservice.gov/pdf/07_0406_disad_youth.pdf.