What is the difference between the Summer Teen Program and Junior Volunteers?
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, in addition to completing at least four 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 and 17 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 Junior Volunteers 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 Junior 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 Junior Volunteer Application and follow the attached instructions.