Youth Transform The Volunteer Landscape

MILWAUKEE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Volunteerism is on the rise among young adults – whether they’re donating time, fundraising or organizing benefits, young adults are tackling an endless list of community service opportunities. Today’s teens also find that community service is an important factor when considering college. According to a survey, more than 60% of parents are aware that volunteering can actually improve their likelihood for success in college admissions and 65% of families perform volunteer activities at least once a year.

Parallel to the rising trend of youth volunteerism, is the rising cost of college in the U.S. With this in mind, Kohl’s is determined to help with the burden and will honor nearly 1,600 kids nationwide for their volunteer efforts in 2007 and award $220,000 in scholarships. Nominations for the Kohl’s Kids Who Care(R) Scholarship Program are accepted February 1 through March 15.

No stranger to volunteering, George Huff (former American Idol hopeful and castoff from Season 3) is a perfect example of how young adults can transform the face of volunteerism in America. As spokesperson for the Kohl’s 2007 Kids Who Care(R) Scholarship Program, George gives an overview of the program and the benefits of volunteering. He also tells you how you can nominate youth in your area for recognition in this year’s Kids Who Care(R) Program.

About George Huff: Huff captured the hearts of America with his brilliant smile and urban style on Season 3 of Fox’s American Idol. Today, he is enjoying success as a solo artist. In his very first national solo outing, Huff lent his silky smooth vocals to classic Christmas standards on a five-song Christmas EP.

A 2007 survey of more than 1,000 parents with school-aged children revealed that over 55% of parents are currently saving NO money for their child’s college tuition, yet nearly 95% of parents consider the cost of college tuition a concern!