Positive Peer Pressure

Posted on October 30, 2012

A recent article in The Chronicle of Philanthropy discusses a study that looked at the effects of peer pressure on volunteering.  Their findings were very interesting, showing that most teenagers who have friends who regularly volunteer end up volunteering as well.  This, among other findings, portray the positive effects that teenagers’ concern for their social life can have, causing them to volunteer to be like their friends and meet new people.

The article also makes some suggestions for what organizations can do to attract teenagers to volunteer.  One way is to make the volunteering a social activity where teens can meet new people and hang out with their friends.  If we think of different ways to interest teenagers, we can help promote kindness and tikkun olam in the younger population and in the world at large.

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