With job competition on the rise, Gen Yers are finding themselves in need of ways to occupy their time while the economy re-stabilizes. Traditional options, such as traveling abroad or going back to school now seem too costly. So, what's a college grad to do-volunteering seems to be the answer.
Groups like Teach for America are reporting a rise in volunteering amisdt the current economic unsteadiness. According to an article by USA Today "[Teach for America] saw applications jump by more than a third this year from about 18,000 to nearly 25,000." The article maintains that this is because teaching is a stable career, as children need to learn no matter what's going on economically. It also notes that the economy is not the only motivation for the rise in applications. It cites the program's growing prestige as attractive to applicants.