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 once 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. The total percentage of children volunteering a few times a month or more did not vary across locations.
The percentage of adolescents who volunteer at least a few times a month varied by racial and ethnic group. The highest rates of volunteering were found among Black youth, with approximately 45 percent of adolescents volunteering a few times a month or more, regardless of location. Other groups show more variation by location; among Spanish-speaking Hispanic youth, those in rural areas were more than twice as likely to volunteer a few times a month or more than those in urban areas.