Furthermore, teenagers who play multiple sports and/or work no longer have time to commit to a volunteer position, as they may have done in the past. How many of us held volunteer positions as young adults? Whether we spent time with residents in a nursing home, cleaned up trash along a road, or volunteered as candy stripers at the hospital, volunteerism was once encouraged amongst youth.
I have to wonder if this is still the case. How do today's teens have time to volunteer when their lives are filled with work, school, sports, dance, drama, music, etc, etc, etc? It is no wonder that organizations are scrambling to fill volunteer positions when everyone is consistently busy with multiple commitments. At some point, we need to teach our children to prioritize while developing selfless hearts. The best way to do this could just be to teach by example.