At a time when many are worried that the United States is experiencing a general decline in civic and political engagement, volunteering appears particularly strong among today’s young people. While volunteering is just one form of community involvement, research has shown that it is often connected to other forms of engagement, and, among youth, volunteering plays a valuable role in shaping how youth learn to interact with their community and develop the skills, values, and sense of empowerment necessary to become active citizens.
Corporation for National and Community Service, "Youth Helping America - Building Active Citizens: The Role of Social Institutions in Teen Volunteering" (2005). School K-12. 55.