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Document Number: 5999

Volunteer Service by Young People From High School Through Early Adulthood - Using data collected over a 10-year period, this paper examines the patterns and characteristics of individual involvement in community service activities from high school through early adulthood. Data is disaggregated in most tables by gender, race/ethnicity and socioeconoimc status (SES). The authors find that while individual volunteering patterns showed large variations, “consistent volunteers” were more likely to be female and from households with higher SES. Additionally, while white young adults were more likely than black or Hispanic young adults to volunteer in high school, eight years later black young adults were more likely to volunteer. (Mike Planty and Michael Reginier, National Center for Education Statistics, December 2003)...

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