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Volunteering in the United States is at an all-time high and many of these volunteers are young people. In fact, more than half (59%) of America's teenagers say they volunteered in the previous 12 months. However, for youth from disadvantaged circumstances, the percentage is much lower—43%.

By enlisting youth from a range of backgrounds service, grassroots faith- and community-based organizations can expand the meaningful youth development and service opportunities available to young people.

Whether you are starting a new program or want to add to what you already do, this toolkit can help you introduce youth from all walks of life to the personal growth and empowerment that comes from serving others.

Why it's important to engage youth in service How to start and sustain your program Tools to help your program run smoothly Examples of how other organizations are engaging youth read more about helping americas youth