The most common perception is that this means staying at school until 17, which will suit some young people, but the opportunities are broader than that. From 2013, Year 11 pupils will be required to continue in education or training for at least one more year, but this doesn't mean they will have to stay in school.
They say time flies, but it is almost unthinkable that it was six months ago that the Olympic Games opened so spectacularly. The memories will live on for years to come, a summer which saw the best of what the UK had to offer, magnificent sport, an organisational triumph and of course an abiding memory of the team in purple and red: the Games Makers.
As the demand for volunteers grows, we must look at what can be realistically expected of our volunteers. People volunteer for a wide range of reasons; they might care passionately about a cause, it might be the sense of affirmation that they get, others might volunteer in order to gain new experiences or to meet new people.
What I have learned from this is that while many of these people do need basic amenities such as food and clothing, what they are also equally in need of is companionship and community. Unfortunately because of their situation, homeless people are often marginalised from society and find difficulty in accessing the most basic of support.
In tight financial times, tough decisions need to be made. But equally, both the US and Britain need to think differently about how we tackle our social problems. Like the U.S., Britain is starting to embrace a powerful idea. And that's mobilizing the most powerful resource it has - the British people.