Millennial generation volunteerism
Patusky, Tasha Beth.
Thesis (M.P.P.)--Georgetown University, 2010.; Includes bibliographical references.; Text (Electronic thesis) in PDF format. In his inaugural speech, President Obama called upon Americans to embody a "spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves." Research has shown that the Millennial generation, consisting of Americans born between 1980 and 1995, is poised to respond to the president's call to serve. Millennials volunteer at higher rates than Americans from older generations. This is good news for America, considering the relatively large size of the Millennial generation and the heightened need for service caused by the recent economic downturn.; Despite Millennials' relatively high rates of volunteerism, surprisingly little research has been done on the factors influencing their engagement. Using the 2009 Civic Health Index Survey, I analyze the effects of factors that are particularly important to the Millennial generation - college attendance and the use of the Internet for civic purposes - on a Millennial's propensity to volunteer. My findings suggest that frequent use of the Internet for civic purposes has a significant positive effect on a Millennial's likelihood of volunteering. Surprisingly, when online civic engagement is taken into consideration, college attendance has no significant effect on Millennial volunteering.
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