Volunteerism in Youth Development Programs: Editors' Note

JoLynn C. Miller, Kali Trzesniewski


Youth development programs are varied and diverse. Some rely on paid staff to deliver programming, but many rely on volunteers. While there is quite a bit of research on volunteers and volunteerism in general, there is little that goes in depth covering the nuances of volunteers in youth development organizations. The editors of this special issue introduce the articles, which cover themes of understanding the impacts of volunteers, volunteer competencies and skill development, support and motivation of volunteers, and evaluation of programs. In addition, a book review and a closing reflection are included. Finally, the editors close with their thoughts about exciting directions for the future of volunteer development research and practice.


volunteerism; volunteering; youth development; youth programs

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Arnold, M. E. (2018). From context to outcomes: A thriving model for 4-H youth development programs. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 6(1). https://www.jhseonline.com/article/view/653

DuBois, D. (2020). Supporting volunteerism in youth development programs: Progress and prospects for advancing the knowledge base. Journal of Youth Development, 15(4), 206-216. https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2020.986

Franck, K. L., & Donaldson, J. L. (2020). Volunteer training needs for successful 4-H STEM programs. Journal of Youth Development, 15(4), 97-109. https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2020.856

Grant, S., Maass, S., Vettern, R., Harrington, R., O’Neil, K., McGlaughlin, P., & Good, T. (2020). The impact of volunteering: A multi-state study of 4-H youth development volunteers. Journal of Youth Development, 15(4), 32-50. https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2020.870

Hensley, S. T., Kent, H. C., Broaddus, B. A., Ellison, S., Michael, S. T., & Spero, V. (2020). 4-H volunteer attainment of quality positive youth development practices. Journal of Youth Development, 15(4), 87-96. https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2020.882

Homan, D., Epley, H. K., & Bloir, K. L. (2020). Are volunteers competent in positive youth development? Perceptions from three stakeholder groups. Journal of Youth Development, 15(4), 68-86. https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2020.742

Keller, T. E., Drew, A. L., Clark-Shim, H., Spencer, R., & Herrera, C. (2020). It’s about time: Staff support contacts and mentor volunteer experiences. Journal of Youth Development, 15(4), 145-161. https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2020.879

Kok, C. M., Espinoza, D. M., Worker, S. M., Go, C., & Miller, J. C. (2020). Identification of priority skill areas for volunteer professional development. Journal of Youth Development, 15(4), 51-67. https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2020.876

Miranda-Díaz, M., Clark-Shim, H., Keller, T. E., & Spencer, R. (2020). Determinants of motivation for mentoring among adults volunteering to mentor youth. Journal of Youth Development, 15(4), 186-201. https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2020.881

Morris, J. (2020). Book review: The 5 languages of appreciation in the workplace. Journal of Youth Development, 15(4), 202-205. https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2020.854

Morris, J., & Ashby, L. (2020). Evaluating a statewide 4-H volunteer structure for protection and ease. Journal of Youth Development, 15(4), 174-185. https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2020.857

Restler, S., & Glant, L. (2020). All hands on deck: Building a sustainable volunteer program. Journal of Youth Development, 15(4), 162-173. https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2020.877

White, A. J., Sero, R., Scanga, L. H., Cummins, M. M., Lile, J. R., Stott, N. K., & Leach, J. (2020). “The right tools at the right time”: Improving volunteer education and support. Journal of Youth Development, 15(4), 110-144. https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2020.878

Wilson, J. (2012). Volunteerism research: A review essay. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 41(2), 176-212. https://doi.org/10.1177/0899764011434558

Worker, S. M., Espinoza, D. M., Kok, C. M., Go, C., & Miller, J. C. (2020). Volunteer outcomes and impact: The contributions and consequences of volunteering in 4-H. Journal of Youth Development, 15(4), 6-31. https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2020.847

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2020.984

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