At this time we currently are not able to run our Summer Teen Program or to have any volunteers under age 18 in the hospital. We have great hope to again offer our Summer Teen Program in 2022, and for that year will accept applications from rising Juniors, rising Seniors and Seniors who will graduate shortly before the program starts. We are all disappointed in not being able to have the enthusiasm and energy that teens bring into the hospital this year, but we want everyone to remain safe and healthy.
Our Summer Teen Volunteer Program is an intensive volunteer and learning experience that begins in early June and completes in early August. Our Summer Teen Volunteers are expected to complete at least 48 hours of volunteer service and complete at least 4 education sessions. This competitive program is focused on volunteerism with a goal of improving patients' experience at the hospital, but does include opportunities to learn about hospital roles, processes and careers in the education sessions. Rising high school Juniors and Seniors can apply beginning in February when the application becomes available. The application includes an essay and reference forms from their high school counselor and another adult who knows them well to help us select the best candidates from the many applications we receive. Applicants are notified in late April and will attend an information session with their parents in early May. Check back in February when next year's application is posted.
Separately, any high school student age 16-18 can apply to volunteer throughout the year. Some high school students volunteer as part of a school program, but individuals may also apply on their own. Not all volunteer positions are available to teens due to hospital regulations, but there are still many great clinical areas that enable all teens to learn more about how a hospital works and about careers in healthcare while helping patients and staff. The departments that have positions for High School Students as volunteers need teens with daytime weekday availability. After hours and weekends may be available after a teen has demonstrated responsibility and reliability.
To begin the process click, on the SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER link above. Select the High School Student Application and follow the attached instructions.