New Study Says Teens Now More Aware of the Needs of Others
The study also compared how adults support charitable causes with how parents report their teens support those causes. According to the survey, more than three out of four adults (77 percent) support charities financially as compared to roughly one in four (26 percent) teens. But when it comes to volunteering, teens are more likely to give their time than adults. More than half of parents (56 percent) say their teens actively support charities, for example by volunteering their time, while less (46 percent) adults say they do so. However, conveying the importance of charity to teenagers is paramount to parents today. About nine out of ten (91 percent) parents say they try to emphasize the importance of charity to their teens and more than three out of five (62 percent) strongly agree.
The poll was conducted by telephone by Harris Interactive on behalf of World Vision, an international Christian relief and development organization, between January 29 and February 2, 2009 among 2,003 U.S. adults ages 18 +, of whom, 215 are the parent or legal guardian of a child ages 13 to 18 years old. For complete methodology, including weighing variables, please contact John Yeager.
Now, by participating in World Vision's 30 Hour Famine, nearly half a million American teens will put a human face on the untold suffering of the Global Food Crisis. And closer to home, youth will be helping those hardest-hit by the recession as they participate in community service projects (at food banks, soup kitchens and homeless shelters).
Tonight, 850 million people worldwide will go to bed hungry — that's one out of every six people on earth. 26,000 children die each day from preventable causes like hunger, disease and malnutrition. Chronic poverty, affecting half the people on earth, is the cause. Nearly 3 billion people live on less than $2 a day.