Key facts about volunteering
• More than a third of twelfth graders (36 percent) reported that they volunteered at least once a month in 2016; around 33 percent of tenth graders and 28 percent of eighth graders reported the same.
• While rates of volunteering increased from 1991 to 2016 for both tenth graders (from 27 to 33 percent) and twelfth graders (from 24 to 36 percent), the rate for eighth graders remained relatively constant.
• Female students are more likely to volunteer than males, especially in the higher grades. In 2016, 42 percent of female twelfth graders said they volunteered at least once per month, compared with 32 percent of male twelfth graders.
• In 2016, students planning to complete four years of college were more likely to volunteer than their peers without such plans, at 41 and 24 percent, respectively, among twelfth graders.