Fostering Inclusive Volunteering and Service Learning

Cover Image: Fostering Inclusive Volunteering and Service Learning; Four youth wearing rubber gloves and holding trash bags smile during an outdoor community clean-up event; Logo: National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth: Navigating the Road to Work

For all individuals to access and benefit from volunteering, the widespread practice of inclusion is key. An inclusive service environment actively fosters the engagement of all youth, including youth with disabilities, those involved in foster care or juvenile justice, and other disconnected youth. This guide provides information useful to youth service professionals and others interested in facilitating youth engagement in volunteer activities. It describes how youth benefit from volunteering, different types of volunteer opportunities, and ways to assist youth to prepare for, access, and learn from their experiences. It also provides relevant resources and tools that can enhance and foster successful outcomes.

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