This article examines volunteers' motivation to commit to a successful, yet intensive, youth literacy program. Volunteers in a one-on-one youth literacy mentoring program were motivated by the values function of volunteerism; that is, they volunteered in order to exercise their altruistic values. This is a departure from much of the literature on volunteer motivation, which finds affiliation to be volunteers' primary motivation for volunteering. The article offers suggestions on recruitment methods that promote the value function of volunteerism and will be most successful in attracting individuals willing to make sustained commitments to youth.
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Schmiesing, R., Soder, J., & Russell, S. (2005). What Motivates Volunteers to Serve in a Youth Literacy Program?. The Journal of Extension, 43(6), Article 12. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol43/iss6/12