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Barriers and facilitators to pro-social behaviour among young people: a review of existing evidence

The evidence sheds a positive light on young people’s engagement in pro-social activities (defined in this report as formal volunteering, informal volunteering, civic activity and group membership). Young people are more likely to engage in these activities than the rest of the working-age population. 83.9 per cent of people aged 16-19 are involved in at least one of these activities, compared to 79.7 per cent of 20-24 years olds, 76.6 per cent of 25-29 years olds and 81.0 per cent of those aged 30-55.