A popular topic of conversation lately among parents, educators, policymakers, students and the media is the isolation of young people from their communities. Many people feel schools have a responsibility to build bridges among diverse populations of children and youth, provide nonviolent problem-solving experiences and promote positive activities for young people, even during after-school hours. Involving young people in community service is seen as one potential solution. Indeed, some citizens and educators would like to ensure that all students — including those least likely to participate voluntarily but most likely to benefit from the experience — have the opportunity to help others and contribute to their communities. An increasingly popular way to do this is to require students to complete a certain number of service hours as part of their school experience.
Anderson, Susan M., "Mandatory Community Service: Citizenship Education or Involuntary Servitude?" (1999). Service Learning, General. 107.