Young People Matter

30 June 2009 — 4 Comments

Funhouse Team
Last week the Evangelical Alliance published a report titled ‘Young People Matter’ suggesting that teenagers contribute around £300m each year to the economy through voluntary work. Between September and December 2008, they surveyed around 700 14-18 year olds and found that 45% of young people regularly volunteer once a month, and 80% donate money to charity.

Interestingly, there seems to be a strong link between faith and volunteering:

Almost 40% of the voluntary work carried out by young people takes place through churches or religious organisations.
Even 10% of those who declared themselves non-religious still volunteer through a religious organisation.

Personally I don’t find this news surprising as many of the young people I work with volunteer at other groups, but it is great to have a positive article in the national press that highlights how generous young people are!

You can read the BBC report on the publication here, and download the full document here.

Jon

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I am a qualified youth worker, writer and consultant based in Littlehampton, UK. I've worked in the voluntary youth sector for over 12 years, am married to Kirsty and we have two daughters named Hope and Eloise. Check out 'Journeying Together: Growing Youth Work and Youth Workers in Local Communities' and read my opening chapter.

4 responses to Young People Matter

  1. Looking at the picture above I realize, that the majority are girls! Even more girls are in volunteer service here in Germany. A german proverb says there are three “K’s” with women/girls: Kinder, Kueche, Kirche – children, kitchen, church.
    How can we reach men/boys with the best message in the world? How can church be attractive to them without denying the gospel? It is a struggle – by now we only have little success here.
    God bless.
    Ralf

  2. Looking at the picture above I realize, that the majority are girls! Even more girls are in volunteer service here in Germany. A german proverb says there are three “K’s” with women/girls: Kinder, Kueche, Kirche – children, kitchen, church.
    How can we reach men/boys with the best message in the world? How can church be attractive to them without denying the gospel? It is a struggle – by now we only have little success here.
    God bless.
    Ralf

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