A new study casts some doubts on claims that today's teens are lazy and disengaged, with the Barna Group finding that the majority of teenagers — 68 percent — volunteer at least once every few months.
And nearly one in five parents (17 percent) report that their kids volunteer at least once a week, with 25 percent saying they do so at least once per month.
What's perhaps most notable in the report, though, is that churches are the most commonly cited locations where and through which teens do their volunteer work, according to more than 600 parents surveyed by the Barna Group.
In fact, 42 percent said their children were involved in church or ministry opportunities. The findings left Barna concluding that local churches hold some power and sway when it comes to "galvanizing young people to serve their communities and the world."
Churches, in fact, are important catalysts and drivers for teen volunteerism, as 60 percent of teens who attend church with their parents also take part in service projects, versus only 16 percent of those who don't.