NOTE FROM DR. WAYNE BAKER: This week, we welcome back our popular contributing columnist Terry Gallagher. This is the fourth column in this series …
Yesterday’s post discussed some of the risks and challenges facing teenage boys today—in short, they’re far more likely to die than girls the same age.
And if our society wants better men—men who are more productive, and especially less violent—we really need to do something to help our boys grow up.
But who’s going to set the examples and do the mentoring and role modeling that will be necessary? Who’s going to coach the boys’ soccer teams and run scouting programs?
Sad to say, it might not be adult men. Men are far less likely than women to serve as volunteers, according to data released earlier this year by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While volunteerism declined for both women and men last year (continuing a decade-long trend), women still showed a decided edge: 28.4 percent of women compared to 22.2 percent of men.
“Women continued to volunteer at a higher rate than did men across all age groups, educational levels, and other major demographic characteristics,” according to the report.
Actually, men might be hurting themselves by shunning volunteerism, according to a spokesman for a federal agency that was one of the sponsors of the BLS survey.
“By giving back, volunteers gain new skills, expand professional networks, stay connected to their community, and experience physical and mental health benefits,” she said. “As the federal agency dedicated to this issue, we hope to find ways for all Americans to get involved in service.”
Hear that, guys?
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