The random national telephone survey found that 56 percent of teenagers volunteer, while only 39 percent have part-time jobs.
Organizations like Habitat for Humanity, food banks, and humane societies are all benefiting from the large amount of teen volunteers.
The survey found that 25 percent of teens have started volunteering their time due to the economic downturn. For this same reason there have also been cuts in allowances which has led to an increase of teens working more hours at a paying job.
The subject of volunteering seems to be a very hot topic in teen news right now. Recently, even President Obama announced that he hopes to see a renewed sense of community service in teenagers.
So how does TDS fit into all this talk about volunteering?
Being a part of Teens in the Driver Seat allows teens to participate in community service and service learning. TDS builds leadership skills and helps to encourage teens to get involved and make a difference.
So what can you do to get involved?
If you don’t have the TDS program in place at your school already, start it up! It’s as easy as getting in touch with the regional representative in your area (find them on our map). If you already have TDS at your school, try to get more teens involved, or brainstorm ideas for new activities.