Indicators of Child, Family, and Community Connections. Student participation in community service

08/01/2004

In 1999, fifty-two percent of students in grades 6-12 participated in community service. Those who spoke English in the home were more likely (54 percent) than those who spoke another language in the home (34 percent) to participate in community service. Participation increased slightly between 1996 and 1999 in general, and was substantially higher among students with college-educated parents in both years.

Percentage of students in grades 6-12 participating in community service,
by language spoken in the home: 1996 & 1999

Percentage of students in grades 6-12 participating in community service, by language spoken in the home: 1996 & 1999. See text for explanation.

Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Youth Civic Involvement Survey of the National Household Education Surveys (NHES) Program, 1996, and the Youth Survey of the NHES Program, 1999. As reported in National Center for Education Statistics. (1999). Youth service-learning and community service among 6(th)-12(th) grade students in the United States: 1996 and 1999. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education.

  1996 1999
Table 14b.
Percentage of students in grades 6 through 12 participating in community service,
by selected characteristics: 1996 & 1999
Total 49 52
Student's Grade
  6-8 47 48
  9-10 45 50
  11-12 56 61
Language Spoken Most at Home by Student
  English 50 54
  Other 32 34
Parents' Highest Level of Education
  Less than high school 34 37
  High school graduate or equivalent 42 45
  Some college(a) 48 50
  College graduate 58 62
  Graduate or professional school 64 65
a. Some college includes those who attended a vocational or technical training school after high school, as well as college attendance.
Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Youth Civic Involvement Survey of the National Household Education Surveys (NHES) Program, 1996 and the Youth Survey of the NHES Program, 1999. As reported in National Center for Education Statistics. (1999). Youth service-learning and community service among 6th-12th grade students in the United States: 1996 and 1999. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education.

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