Youth Indicators 1996 / Indicator 53


Indicator 53. Volunteer Work and Community Affairs


Percent of high school seniors who participate in community affairs or volunteer work by sex and race: 1980 to 1994

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     Participation      | 1980 | 1984 | 1986 | 1988 | 1990 | 1991 | 1992 | 1993 | 1994
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      All students

Almost everyday ........   2.5    2.6    1.7    2.6    1.8    2.4    2.8    2.7    3.2
At least once a week ...   7.4    7.4    8.4    6.3    6.9    5.9    7.4    8.0    7.6
Once or twice a month ..  14.0   14.1   14.0   13.4   13.0   14.6   16.5   15.0   17.2
A few times a year .....  45.2   44.9   44.9   45.4   43.3   44.6   41.7   44.0   44.8
Never ..................  30.9   31.0   31.0   32.3   35.1   32.4   31.6   30.3   27.2

         Males

Almost everyday ........   2.4    3.1    1.5    1.9    1.5    2.6    2.6    2.3    2.7
At least once a week ...   7.3    6.5    6.7    5.3    5.8    5.2    7.3    6.6    6.9
Once or twice a month ..  13.6   13.2   11.6   12.3   11.8   12.0   14.2   12.2   15.6
A few times a year .....  44.2   40.1   43.2   43.9   43.1   42.0   41.4   44.5   43.3
Never ..................  32.6   37.2   37.1   36.5   37.8   38.2   34.5   34.3   31.4

        Females

Almost everyday ........   2.6    2.0    1.8    3.1    2.1    2.2    3.0    3.1    3.4
At least once a week ...   7.3    8.3   10.1    7.2    8.0    6.9    7.5    9.4    8.5
Once or twice a month ..  15.0   15.4   16.1   14.4   14.7   17.4   19.2   17.6   18.8
A few times a year .....  46.6   49.8   46.9   47.4   43.7   47.1   42.4   44.3   46.3
Never ..................  28.6   24.4   25.1   27.9   31.5   26.5   27.9   25.7   23.0

         Whites

Almost everyday ........   2.2    2.3    1.2    2.6    1.4    1.8    2.6    2.5    2.9
At least once a week ...   7.0    6.5    7.7    5.6    7.2    6.1    7.9    7.7    7.5
Once or twice a month ..  14.8   14.8   14.4   13.8   13.4   14.4   17.6   15.5   17.2
A few times a year .....  47.3   46.1   46.5   46.5   44.4   46.6   42.6   45.2   47.5
Never ..................  28.7   30.3   30.3   31.5   33.7   31.1   29.4   29.2   24.9

         Blacks

Almost everyday ........   3.9    4.1    2.9    3.0    4.8    4.5    3.5    3.9    4.9
At least once a week ...   8.9   10.1   12.3    8.9    5.2    7.3    5.9    9.9    8.7
Once or twice a month ..  13.2   12.5   14.0   14.5   14.4   14.5   16.8   16.0   17.2
A few times a year .....  37.4   43.0   40.4   41.6   37.9   43.0   37.0   37.2   35.7
Never ..................  36.5   30.3   30.4   32.0   37.7   30.8   36.8   33.1   33.6

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SOURCE: University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research, Monitoring the Future, various years.

Indicator chart and text.


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