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Participation gap narrowing for youth social action

Wednesday 23-11-2016 - 16:22

Findings from the third National Youth Social Action Survey have been released today, coinciding with the #iwillweek campaign to break down access barriers.

#iwill is the campaign to celebrate youth social action and embed it in the lives of young people – including campaigning, fundraising and volunteering.

All of these activities create a ‘double-benefit’, making a meaningful difference to communities and to the young people taking part themselves.

For the last three years, the National Youth Social Action Survey has looked at trends in social action among young people, identifying barriers to participation and helping to inform the campaign to improve access.

Key findings from this year’s report include:

  • 42 per cent of 10-20 year-olds took part in social action in 2016
  • Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are less likely to take part, but the gap is narrowing (20 percentage points in 2014, 9 percentage points in 2016)
  • Young people participating in social action report stronger personal networks and higher life satisfaction
  • Formal education is crucial in getting young people involved – 69 per cent got involved through their school or college
  • A majority of employers agree that voluntary experience makes young people more employable

A more in-depth look at the results can be found here.

If you're participating in #iwillweek, we'd love to help promote and celebrate your story - see here for details!

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