That's a question I'm starting to ask myself about young people.
Here is a generation that has had £millions spent on encouraging them to get volunteering.
Here is a generation who have been told that volunteering will help them get a job when they leave school, college or university.
Here is a generation who are leaving school, college and university (those that can afford to go to uni anyway) and are now facing levels of unemployment unparalleled in recent memory.
Here is a generation who are told that the solution to their joblessness is to volunteer, to become interns, in short to work damned hard for no pay in the scant hope someone will give them a job.
Here is a generation who we risk becoming very cynical and negative about volunteering.
Here is a generation who in 20, 30, 40, 50 years time we will expect to be the core volunteers organisations rely on.
Here is a generation who, if we are not careful, will tell us to go to hell when we ask them to volunteer.
What can we do now - right now, today - to make sure this generation of young people don't abandon volunteering in future, branding it as a cynical ploy to get them to work for free whilst others profit, and pass those same values to the generation that will follow them?
Answers on a postcard via the comments section below please.