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Late Summer Reading for You

Published August 22, 2013

Two reports issued over the summer months make it to our "Must Read" list for those last days of taking work outside to a picnic table.

  1. "Millennials Civic Health Index" published by the National Conference on Citizenship (NCOC.net). The report takes a close look at this generation in the context of the civic health indicators.

    One intriguing finding is that higher education and greater civic engagement are linked with one surprising exception: Millennials who have not pursued higher ed are more likely to help their neighbors than those peers who have higher ed attainment. The link title above will take you to the full report.     
  2. "Volunteering as a Pathway to Employment" is a report by the Corporation for National and Community Service with NCOC.  The data shows that volunteers have a 27 percent higher likelihood of finding a job after being out of work than non-volunteers. These effects are even stronger for those without high school degrees and those who live in rural areas.
     
    CNCS also found that volunteering is associated with an increased likelihood of finding employment for all volunteers regardless of a person's gender, age, ethnicity, geographical area, or the job market conditions.