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During World War II, the need for increased work with teenagers becomes more apparent and teenage canteens are established through many organizations, including the YWCA of the U.S.A., to meet those needs. Pamphlets and correspondence concerning the canteens describe the purpose and aims of the services and the organization of canteens and their activity programs. During World War II the agriculture industry also sees and increased need for labor. To meet the harvesting needs of farms during the war "Victory Farm Volunteers" are organized as a way for teenagers to assist with the war efforts. The activities and safety of the children farm volunteers in addition to the benefits to the farms are tracked through studies and questionnaires. Government pamphlets explain the farm volunteer program and correspondence and reports from the YWCA of the U.S.A. concern the organizing and training of Girl Reserve farm volunteers. Other materials include a study of "The Bookshelf," a YWCA of the U.S.A publication for younger girls to evaluate and improve its service to the girls of the YWCA of the U.S.A. and suggested program activities for Girl Reserve clubs.
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Girl Reserve, Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History, MS 00324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.