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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/29472

Title: Beyond 40 Hours: Meaningful Community Service and High School Student Volunteerism in Ontario
Authors: Farahmandpour, Hoda
Advisor: Quarter, Jack
Department: Adult Education and Counselling Psychology
Keywords: community service
mandatory volunteering
service learning
youth development
social change
meaningful service
Issue Date: 11-Aug-2011
Abstract: This study explores whether students in the mandated Ontario high school community service program consider their service requirement to be meaningful; the relationship between meaningful service and subsequent service; and other factors related to a meaningful experience and future service. A secondary analysis was conducted using a survey of 1,341 first-year university students, collected by a research team led by Steven Brown of Wilfrid Laurier University. The main finding is that meaningful service is a predictor for subsequent service and can contribute to individual and social change. Meaningful service opportunities help address a gap in service learning literature, which is the impact of service on communities, perhaps by underestimating the capacity of youth to contribute to social change. Three policy recommendations emerge: curriculum should be created to enable students to serve more effectively; program structure is necessary for reflection; and nonprofit agencies can meet both of the above needs.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/29472
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