Ma­jor­ity of young keen to do good

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS -

More than 80% of young peo­ple want to help oth­ers, but adults are most likely to de­scribe teenagers as self­ish, lazy, or anti-so­cial, a sur­vey found.

Only 5% of adults think young peo­ple are “very likely” to en­gage in so­cial ac­tion, de­spite 68% say­ing they took part in such ac­tiv­ity in the last year, ac­cord­ing to a re­port.

Teena­gency, by the Royal So­ci­ety for the en­cour­age­ment of Arts, Man­u­fac­tures and Com­merce, ex­plores how likely young peo­ple aged 14-18 are to en­gage in so­cial ac­tion, such as vol­un­teer­ing, and whether this is re­lated to how cre­ative young peo­ple see them­selves as be­ing.

The Cen­tre for RealWorld Learn­ing at Winch­ester Uni­ver­sity, the RSA’s part­ner in the project, iden­ti­fied re­search which sug­gests a link be­tween cre­ativ­ity and hav­ing the con­fi­dence to do good.

Some 84% of young peo­ple want to help oth­ers, but only 52% be­lieve they can make a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence in their com­mu­ni­ties, the re­port found.

And some 68% of young peo­ple told YouGov they had par­tic­i­pated in vol­un­teer­ing or other forms of so­cial ac­tion, such as cam­paign­ing, in the last year.

When asked to con­sider a se­ries of state­ments that could be used to de­scribe them­selves, 84% of young peo­ple sur­veyed se­lected “I want to help other peo­ple”.

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