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According to data collected in Spring 1992 as part of the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988, 44% of high school seniors in 1993 had performed some type of unpaid community service in the past 2 years, and approximately 15% of all high school seniors performed some required service during the same period. Half of the seniors performing required community service reported that the requirement was connected to a class. The percentage of seniors reporting service that was entirely voluntary was nearly twice as high (29%) as the proportion reporting at least some required service. Females were more likely to perform community service than males, and whites and Asians were more likely to perform community service than were members of other racial/ethnic groups. Students' likelihood of performing community service also increased with their family socioeconomic status, reading proficiency, participation in college preparatory programs, and attendance at Catholic or other private schools. Church-related groups were the most frequently mentioned type of organization through which students performed their community service. Nearly half the seniors performing community service reported service involving one type of organization, and approximately one-fifth reported involvement with three or more types of organizations. (MN)

Descriptors: Career Education, Community Programs, High School Seniors, High Schools, National Surveys, Public Service, Student Characteristics, Student Participation, Volunteers











Author: Frase, Mary

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=12490&id=ED388769







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