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Thursday, October 25, 2012

When Peer Pressure Is a Good Thing

A new report, from 4-star Do Something, shows that more than half of all teenagers volunteered last year. That’s great news. But what’s more interesting is that the biggest motivating factor is PEER PRESSURE! That’s right, 75% of 13 to 22 year olds who have friends that volunteer regularly also do so.

The study was based on a poll of more than 4,300 young people. Other findings include:
  • 93% of those polled want to volunteer, but not al of them do
  • 40% of those that did volunteer did it with their family, friends or clubs --- they didn’t go through a traditional nonprofit
  • 38% of the young volunteers help with fundraising
  • Boys were more likely to do physical activities like cleaning up the environment or working with kids in sports
  • Girls were more likely to help the homeless or assist arts groups
  • Young people are 66% more likely to learn about volunteer opportunities by talking to others rather than from social media or web sites
  • Young people prefer to volunteer with others of their age
  • Teens want a social component to their volunteer activities
  • Private school students were 25% more likely to volunteer than those in public schools
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