Young People & Volunteering


Aotearoa UN Youth Declaration 2019
UN Youth New Zealand, 2019.

This document is designed for public and decision-makers to use, to inform them of the issues and challenges that are of concern and significance to young people, and most importantly the solutions they want to see.

Mission Australia youth survey report 2018
Mission Australia, 2018.

A national youth survey in 2018 found volunteering to be one of the top three activities for young people – ahead of arts, culture and music activities. ABS figures from 2014 also showed that while overall rates of volunteering were on the decline, young people aged 15-17 had the highest rate in the nation at 42%. The measures used to track volunteering also fail to capture the breadth and depth of volunteering that takes place among young people.

Engaging Millennial volunteers: Understanding a new breed of volunteers
McLay, Kathleen. Volunteering Queensland, 2016.

This document addresses the key challenges for successfully engaging Millennials, how to develop an effective recruitment strategy and how to capitalise on the skills the Millennials have to offer. It also includes a guided approach to enabling change that will help with launching a Millennial volunteer program.

Volunteering to Learn
Murdoch University, Curtin University, and others. 2015.

This project, “Volunteering to Learn: Enhancing learning in the student volunteering experience in Australian universities”, took place from 2013 – 2015. The project identified how universities, students and host organisations work together to enable successful outcomes for all parties.
Good Practice Guides and Concept Guides have been developed from the project which identified three types of university student volunteers, four types of host organisations and eight models in operation across Australian universities. A Companion Guide has been developed to accompany the Good Practice and Concept Guides and to offer more information on some aspects of University Student Volunteering.

Millennials are drawn to companies that offer chances to volunteer
O’Neil, Megan. Chronicle of Philanthropy, 2014.

This article discusses the June 2014 Millennial Impact Report of consulting firm Achieve which revealed that millennials, (individuals aged 20 to 34) claimed their companies’ volunteer policies played a huge role in their decision to apply for a job. Topics mentioned include the positive outlook for millennials in terms of community service.

Placing youth in a volunteer framework
Wardlaw, Maryanne. Volunteering Auckland, 2014.

This publication looks at the relationship between youth and nonprofits from the organisational perspective, discovering the reasons why few organisation choose to accept youth volunteers, the challenges and prejudices, and proposing ways volunteer centers can equip organisations to overcome them.

Corporate social responsibility and the Millennials.
McGlone, Teresa; Winters, Judith; McGlone, Vernon. Journal of Education for Business, 2011.

The authors of this document examined the corporate social responsibility (CSR) attitudes of college students and the correlation of these attitudes with willingness to work for companies that emphasise CSR through employee volunteerism. The outcome from an event consisting of 9 high-level executives from for- and nonprofit companies explaining their CSR philosophy to these students is described. Results indicated that the event itself was responsible for changes in the students’ attitudes and were not correlated with earlier attitudes or actions.

An online copy of this document is currently unavailable.

A cross-cultural examination of student volunteering: Is it all about résumé building?
F. Handy et al. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, September 2009.

The results of this report found that students motivated to volunteer for building their résumés do not volunteer more than students with other motives. However, in countries with a positive signaling value of volunteering, volunteering rates are significantly higher. As expected, students motivated by résumé building motivations have a lower intensity of volunteering.

Volunteer connections: Family volunteering – making it official
Volunteer Canada, 2004

This document stresses the importance of volunteer-involving organisations reaching out to family groups, to grow their volunteer base. Excerpt: “The number of volunteers in Canada is in decline. This means volunteer-involving organizations need to develop proactive recruitment strategies that connect them with new groups of potential
volunteers . . . When organizations actively include families in their pool of volunteers, great things
can happen.”

Volunteer connections: New strategies for involving youth
Volunteer Canada, 2001.

This document is a volunteer program management manual designed to assist both professional administrators of volunteer resources as well as individuals who find themselves recruiting, managing, overseeing and supporting volunteers.