Majority of young keen to do good
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”.