Volunteering and social action among teenagers

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Stuart, Joanna
Institute for Volunteering Research
Date of publication
1 March 2016
Volunteering, Children and Young People
Social welfare
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This briefing provides a snapshot of volunteering and social action among teenagers (13 to 19 year olds); levels of participation, benefits, and factors that would encourage their involvement. It brings together research carried out in 2015 with teenage Sports Leaders and new analysis of Ipsos Mori’s 2014 Youth Social Action Survey. The research suggests that leadership programmes which include volunteering and social action activities can make a difference to teenagers'interest in getting involved in their community.The research with Sports Leaders was undertaken during 2015/2016 by IVR to explore the impact of the Asda Active Sports Leaders project. This project started in April 2014 and looked to upskill and empower young people through Sports Leaders UK training whilst raising the amount of volunteering delivered by teenagers across the UK. The partnership programme brought together Asda, ukactive, Sports Leaders UK and the Spirit of 2012 Trust.

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