We know that young people want to take part in social action: 68% of them say they are likely to do so in the future. However, only 4 in 10 young people are currently participating in meaningful social action – and participation rates have remained the same since 2014.
However, young people from lower-income backgrounds are less likely to take part in social action than their wealthier peers (51% in the wealthiest income brackets vs. 32% in the lowest income brackets).
That means that most young people from low-income backgrounds are not accessing the wide range of benefits that participation in social action can provide. It also means that their communities are not getting the full benefit of their talent, energy and ideas.
Every year, alongside Ipsos Mori annd The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, we run the National Youth Social Action Survey to measure the how many young people are taking part in social action, and what kinds of social action they’re doing.