Fanning the Flames: The Freedom Project Blog
By Shawn Healy
Many pundits and academics in recent years have waxed about the decline on civic engagement amongst younger generations, leading Robert Putnam to conclude that we are "bowling alone" as a nation. A new survey contradicts these contentions, as college students are volunteering at significantly higher levels, a 20% increase from 2002 through 2005. Dubbed the 9-11 Generation, these students stand as a model for the restoration of civic engagment wanting across the populace. Time to commend the 3.3 million individuals who aspire to cause greater than their own personal ambition, and to follow their lead...