A major new report, published this month, offers fresh new insights on how best to engage young people in volunteering.

Over the last 12 years, StreetGames has supported nearly 19,000 disadvantaged young people into becoming active volunteers. Now a new report, Lessons of Volunteering, draws on this experience to provide lessons on ‘what works’ when encouraging disadvantaged young people to volunteer and to engage more in their communities.

Research has found that just 14% of young people growing up in low-income families have volunteered, compared to 32% of their more affluent peers. But with thousands of young people from low-income families engaging with their projects, StreetGames is bucking the trend and helping young people to live safer, healthier, and more successful lives.

Central to StreetGames' methodology is the concept of FABS (Fun, Altruistic, provides a sense of Belonging, and offers Self-development), and its network of over 1,000 Locally Trusted Organisations, local community groups which are empowered to work independently in the heart of their own communities.


Jane Ashworth, CEO of StreetGames, said:

I’m proud of the work that we do here atStreetGames, working on the frontlineto deliver support for young people in some of the most disadvantaged communities in the country. This report draws on years of experience in what works and what doesn’t when engaging young people to do volunteering, and I hope it will help to inform and inspire other organisations that are working hard to give young people the opportunity to grow and develop through volunteering".

 

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