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EACEA National Policies Platform: Youthwiki


2. Voluntary Activities

2.8 Current debates and reforms

An important social and economic trend that may have an impact on youth volunteering solution is pointed out by Magdalena Arczewska, Phd: “volunteering is now moving away from being community service and towards internship, traineeship or pro-employment volunteering, which aims to help young people enter the labour market, and, in the long term, find permanent employment. In this approach, volunteering is treated as a labour market institution” (Arczewska, 2017). The trend indicated by researchers from the National Bureau for Drug Prevention is not without significance either; they are writing about the high level of individualism that persists among young people: “the opinion that >nowadays a person who wants to achieve something in life should do their own thing, counting only on themselves< is almost as common as in 2013 and much more common than in 1998. At the same time, since 1998, the percentage of young people who believe that the ability to interact with other people is more important has dropped by 19 percentage points (from 45% to 26%), and since 2013 by 2 percentage points (from 28% to 26%) (…) Individualism is therefore stressed twice as often as co-operation with others.