The Facts Behind Youth Volunteers, And How To Get More

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Volunteers help nonprofits accomplish their mission. Plain and simple. In most cases, without the hard work and dedication of volunteers, our nonprofits would not be able to function.


Whether it’s planning events, fundraising, or even simply donating, volunteers are what makes the nonprofit organization world what it is today.


Despite a volunteer’s importance, and the importance of volunteering to the development of an individual, volunteers between the ages of 16-24 represent the smallest percentage of that population group who volunteers.

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 21.8 percent of individuals between the ages of 16-24 volunteer. The exact lowest was among those between the ages of 20-24, with only 18.5 percent of of that age range claiming to have volunteered.


However, according to a recent survey conducted by DoSomething.org, a whopping 93% of respondents claim they want to volunteer.


But what’s stopping them?


Chances are, it’s because nonprofits simply are not asking them.


Here are a few ways your nonprofit can start attracting more youth volunteers, today!

  1. Create a youth volunteer page on your website

    Figure out why volunteering at your nonprofit would be attractive to a 20-something. Perhaps it’s because of the people they’ll meet, or because they’ll pick up a valuable skill they can point to during their next job interview.


    Whatever the case might be, first knowing WHY a young person might want to volunteer at your nonprofit, and including that on your nonprofit’s website is a great place to start.


  2. Encourage new ideas

    Younger volunteer are often afraid their opinion will not be considered because of their relatively young age. The truth is, youth bring a fresh perspective, to a lot of classic problems, and their ingenuity might surprise you. Make sure youth volunteers know you encourage creativity and value their input.


  3. Provide mentors

    Try pairing up a youth volunteer with an adult they can identify with. Try using a younger adult who will be a more natural role model.


  4. Show your appreciation

    Make sure you’re thanking early and often. The more vocal you are about your appreciation for their hard work, the more likely it is that message will sink in, and they’ll be more inclined to come back.




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  6. Recruit online

    Through social media, your own website, or a third party website like LinkedIn or DoSomething.org, online recruitment is one of the best nets to cast when looking for youth volunteers.


    When targeting youth volunteers specifically, make sure you’re responding to those inquiries before anything else. A fast response time is not a sign of desperation, but rather it shows you’re serious and committed to engaging with today’s youth!


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