Selected Findings - Activities Outside of Work and School

Afterschool Activities
In 2009, a greater percentage of high school seniors reported participating in athletic teams (38 percent), other school clubs/activities (32 percent), and music/performing arts (24 percent, than in academic clubs (14 percent), student council/government (10 percent), and newspaper/yearbook (9 percent).  Participation in these afterschool activities varied by sex. In 2009, the most popular afterschool activity for female high school seniors was other school clubs/activities, and the most popular activity for male high school seniors was athletic teams.

In 2007, parents reported that their high school students spent an average of 7 hours per week on homework. This average does not include the 7 percent of students whose parents reported that they did not do any homework outside school in 2007. About 42 percent of parents reported that their children did homework 5 or more days per week, while 5 percent reported that their children did homework less than once per week. Overall, 65 percent of parents reported that they checked to make sure that their high school students' homework was done.

Volunteer Work
Approximately 8.3 million 16- to 24-year olds, or 22 percent of this age group, reported volunteering through or for an organization at least once between September 2008 and September 2009 (U.S. Department of Labor 2010). This percentage was not measurably different from the percent of 16- to 24-year-olds who reported volunteering during 2002. However, for each year between 2002 and 2009, females in this age group volunteered at a higher rate than males.