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Volunteers Skip the Voting Booth
In 1998, 74.2 percent of college freshmen volunteered during their senior year of high school. In the 1996 elections, 32.0 percent of 18 to 24-year olds turned out to vote.
Why is it that the number
of young volunteers is so high, while the number of young voters is
so low? Earlier this week, my team attended a community service event
sponsored by ServiceVote 2000, to find the answer.
a Harvard University study, 60 percent of the students surveyed prefer
community volunteerism to political engagement as the better way to
solve important issues facing the country.
Some felt that
young people volunteer because they can see the results of their labor.
When you tutor a child, for example, and they eventually learn how to
read and do basic addition, you can see the difference youve made.
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