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Parents of children aged 12-17 years were asked how often their children had participated in community service or volunteer activities during the past year, including activities at school, church, and in the community. Among children in this age group, 37.1 percent of children participated in these types of activities a few times a month or more during the past year, while 40.8 percent did so a few times that year and 22.0 percent had not participated in any community service or volunteer activities in the past year.

Girls aged 12-17 years appear to be more likely to have volunteered a few times a month or more than boys of the same age group. Of girls aged 12-17, 40.6 percent had volunteered a few times a month or more, while 33.7 percent of boys did so.

Participation in community service or volunteer activities did not vary dramatically by household income. Approximately 36 percent of children with household incomes below 400 percent of the Federal poverty level participated in these types of activities at least a few times a month in the past year, while 39.3 percent of children with household incomes of 400 percent or more of poverty did so.


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