Research indicates there are great academic, personal and community benefits for incorporating volunteerism and civic engagement into a youth development program. The benefits to the community are tangible and often financial through area improvements and other obvious results of service provided. The projects are youth driven, planned, and implemented. A team of youth will identify volunteer service opportunities or respond to a community need. Youth volunteer projects will include homeless outreach, community health outreach, neighborhood clean up, senior assistance, food and clothes distribution, etc.