Volunteering

Parents of children aged 12–17 years were asked how often their children had participated in community service or volunteer activities during the previous year, including activities at school, church, and in the community. Among children in this age group, 78.7 percent volunteered a few times a year or more (data not shown) and 37.6 percent volunteered a few times a month or more. The percentage of children volunteering a few times a month or more did not vary greatly across locations.

Adolescent girls were more likely than boys to volunteer a few times a month or more and this was true across all locations. The percentage of male and female adolescents who volunteered regularly did not vary greatly by location.

With regard to household income, the proportion of adolescents volunteering a few times a month or more did not vary across locations, though there were some differences within locations. Among youth in small rural areas, those with of incomes 200 percent or more of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) were more likely to volunteer than those in households with lower incomes. In urban areas, adolescents living in households with incomes of 400 percent or more of the FPL were more likely than those with incomes below 100 percent of the FPL. In large rural areas, the proportion of adolescents volunteering did not differ by household income categories.

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