What is the effect of volunteering? It improves self-confidence and teamwork a bit, but not achievement

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There is a new Best Evidence in Brief and it matches a question I received this morning during a talk I gave in Knokke, Belgium. What is the effect of volunteering on schooling. Well, read on:

A new study from the Education Endowment Foundation in the UK looks at the impact of a youth social-action project. Delivered by the Youth United Foundation, it involved the creation of new units of uniformed youth organizations (such as The Scout Association, Sea Cadets, or St. John Ambulance) in schools in the North East of England. The groups delivered sessions throughout the year, usually weekly, delivered by trained staff from the youth organizations, sometimes involving adult volunteers, including teachers.

Seventy-one secondary schools were randomly assigned to receive the intervention or not. An initial survey of 3,377 Year 9 students (8th grade in the U.S.) found nearly half wanted to take part in the…

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