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12/20/2004 Entry: "Community-minded teens in 2005"

New Year's Resolution Twist: Survey Reports Teens Nationwide Resolve to Do for Others Rather Than Just for Themselves in 2005, Monday December 20, 10:03 am ET
Taco Bell/Boys & Girls Clubs of America 'New Years Resolution Survey' Shows 75% of Teens Plan to Volunteer More, 75% Are More Likely to Shop At Community-Minded Retailers

I wonder what brought this on.

Press Release Source: Boys & Girls Clubs of America

New Year's Resolution Twist: Survey Reports Teens Nationwide Resolve to Do for Others Rather Than Just for Themselves in 2005
Monday December 20, 10:03 am ET
Taco Bell/Boys & Girls Clubs of America 'New Years Resolution Survey' Shows 75% of Teens Plan to Volunteer More, 75% Are More Likely to Shop At Community-Minded Retailers

ATLANTA, Dec. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- There's hope for our kids! The results of a national survey released today -- just weeks before the New Year begins -- show teens feel strongly about volunteerism and giving back to their communities. In fact, 75 percent of youth who participated in the "Taco Bell/Boys & Girls Clubs of America New Years Resolution Survey" responded that they intend to volunteer more in 2005 and that they would be more inclined (75 percent) to shop at a retailer they knew gave back to the community.

Respondents said that if they had $10,000 to give away for a worthy cause, they would donate the money to homeless shelters (26%), disease research (18%) or teen programs (15%).

At this season it is traditional to make New Year's Resolutions, focusing on what we would change or focus on in the New Year. From weight loss to spending more time with family, traditionally New Year's resolutions focus on what "I" will be doing for "myself" in the New Year. Most are broken by February.

A New Year's Resolution With A Twist

But, in a twist on the New Year's resolution tradition, thousands of teens around the nation have resolved to focus their efforts on helping others rather than just themselves in 2005. These teens, members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, have resolved to make a real difference in their communities in 2005, by increasing their community volunteerism and participating in more service projects.

Survey highlights include:
- If they had $10,000 to give away, teens would give it to homeless
shelters (26%), disease research (18%), teen programs (15%) or food
programs for the needy (14%)
- 75% of teens say they would be more inclined to shop at a retailer they
knew gave back to the community
- Almost 60% of teens say they would take a job with a non-profit
organization, knowing they'd be making less money than at a "for
profit"
- 34% of teens volunteer to help people, while only 15% volunteer because
they say it looks good on college applications
- Most teens said they think restaurants and grocery stores give back the
most (51%)

Other survey results:
- 64% said teens don't volunteer enough
- 56% think their parents don't volunteer enough
- 60% of teens said they learn about volunteering from school or parents


"It is reassuring to see that our teens -- our nation's next generation of leaders -- are committed to volunteerism and service," said Roxanne Spillett, president, BGCA.

The teens were surveyed this month on issues relating to service and volunteerism. The survey includes insights from more than 3,000 teen members nationwide. Boys & Girls Clubs of America's teen program focuses on helping teens develop character and leadership skills and become adults who are contributing, productive members of society. Taco Bell is the key sponsor behind BGCA's teen initiative, serving millions of youngsters nationwide.

For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs have been nurturing future leaders. Some of our nation's most noted political leaders are alumni of Boys & Girls Clubs, including Bill Clinton, General Wesley Clark and former HUD Secretary Jack Kemp. In addition, the list of BGCA alums includes Denzel Washington, Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, renowned business writer Jim Collins and Bill Perocchi, CEO and part owner of Pebble Beach.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America ( http://www.bgca.org ) comprises a national network of some 3,400 neighborhood-based facilities annually serving more than four million young people, primarily from disadvantaged circumstances. Known as "The Positive Place for Kids," the Clubs provide guidance-oriented character development programs on a daily basis for children 6-18 years old, conducted by a full-time professional staff. Key Boys & Girls Club programs emphasize character and leadership development, education and career enhancement, health and life skills, the arts and sports, fitness and recreation.

Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., is the nation's leading Mexican-style quick service restaurant chain serving tacos, burritos, signature Quesadillas, Border Bowls®, nachos and other specialty items. Taco Bell serves more than 35 million consumers each week in more than 6,500 restaurants in the U.S. In 2003, Taco Bell generated sales of $1.6 billion in company restaurants and $3.8 billion in franchise restaurants. Over 80 percent of the restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees. At this time, there are over 280 restaurants operating in Canada, Guam, Aruba, Dominican Republic, Chile, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Hawaii, Asia and Europe.

 

 

 

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