The National Conference on Citizenship released the 2008 Civic Health Index today. The report is chock full of good information about youth engagement trends and citizenship. A couple of key pieces information for those of us out there promoting service learning - the survey asked if people were in favor of making service learning mandatory. Interestingly, 75% of those responding were in favor of some type of universal or mandatory service learning (including a clear majority of both Republicans and Democrats). The survey also asked young people if they would be interested in taking a service learning course in school. The vast majority of students reported that they would be interested in taking a service learning course including 90% of those students most at risk for dropping out.
You can get your very own copy of the report on the National Conference on Citizenship website at www.ncoc.net.