Over the course of the 1980s, a literature describing a new lost generation in America has caught the popular imagination, fueled to no small extent by the anxiety of aging baby-boomers over their offspring's fate. One manifestation of particular interest at the policy level has been a growing sentiment by opinion leaders in favor of establishing youth service as both a pragmatic remedy for meeting social needs, and as a rite of passage to bona-fide citizenship status.
Dolan, Timothy, "Administering Maturity: The Emergence of Youth Service As a Rite of Passage to Adult Citizenship" (1992). School K-12. 11.