While it may seem obvious that young people who volunteer are more likely to have better grades and psychological well-being, other benefits are less predictable. As adults, those who volunteered in youth are more likely to have a strong work ethic and to vote and 81% of adults who started their community engagement in youth give to charitable organizations.

Engaging in community impact projects can build a toolkit of leadership skills. Teens who volunteer learn the value of kindness, to respect others who are different and how to work in groups to achieve goals. Volunteering also teaches responsibility, punctuality and reliability. Working with others, how to organize, problem solving and networking skills get put through the paces when teens volunteer their time. Finally, let’s not forget that while volunteering, teens are getting valuable job skills and experience as well as exploring potential career options. So, how can you help your kids get involved? Volunteer together! Believe it or not, our kids follow in our footsteps. When parents volunteer, their kids are almost twice as likely to volunteer than kids from families with no volunteers–and they are 3 times as likely to regularly serve their community.