Summer Teen Program

Summer Teen Program

Are you a high school student looking for a rewarding and potentially life changing experience this summer? Do you have an interest in a future career in healthcare? Perhaps you have required service hours for school or another organization? The Summer Teen Volunteer program at Catholic Health can help you with that!

The Summer Teen Volunteer program is designed to engage participants in meaningful patient encounters and experiences, while providing a valuable service to our ministries through hospitality and creative arts activities. Since its inception in 2015, over 800 high school students have become involved in this exciting program. We would love for YOU to join our team too!

Applications for summer 2019 are being accepted now- March 31.

For Teen Volunteer Application Form Click Here

***You will be asked to select a location and date for your interview- NOTE: Interviews for Sisters of Charity, Mercy Hospital, and the ARTC will be held on April 9 at the Catholic Health Regional Training Center. All other sites will host their own interviews. ***

Summer Teen Volunteer Program FAQs

What Will I Do?

This list is a sampling of activities our teen volunteers participate in. Specific assignment is based on ministry need and volunteer availability.

  • Hospitality - Volunteers offer beverage service, mail and flower delivery, activities, friendly conversation, and other non-clinical services as needed.
  • Creative and Performing Arts - Volunteers bring joy to our patients and residents through art, activities, and music. There are several locations with pianos in their lobbies and musicians of all types are always welcome!
  • Volunteer Express - Volunteers are dispatched from the express center to participate in a variety of helpful activities throughout the hospital ministries and departments.
  • Information Desk Attendants - assist as escorts and/or customer service assistants in our lobbies and waiting rooms.
  • Unit Companions - Several of our ministries off opportunities for teens to directly engage with patients/ residents. These positions are generally reserved for volunteers 16 years or older who are either returning summer teens or completing service hours for an academic program or college application that requires direct patient contact (must provide proof). Units include Surgical Services, Maternal Child, and Emergency Room.

Benefits of Volunteering

Besides a feeling of personal satisfaction, skills building, experience, and the opportunity to build new friendships, teen volunteers receive other benefits such as a free meal daily, a free modern and stylish athletic polo shirt, invitation to the associate summer picnic, and a variety of other tangible tokens of our appreciation!

All of our summer teen volunteers also receive an official verification letter of service hours provided at the end of the summer!

How Do I Apply?

The 2019 summer teen application is available now through March 31. You may apply by clicking here now.

Before you apply

  • Scheduling - The summer session runs from July 1- August 23, 2019. Participants will be allowed to volunteer up to 12 hours/week or a maximum total of 100 hours over the 8 week session. We will work with each selected participant on their schedule prior to start of your service.
  • Interview - You will be asked to select a date for your interview when you apply. All interviews will take place in April, 2019. Please have your schedule in front of you when you complete the application. Your interview does not have to take place at your preferred service site.
  • Follow-Up Emails - You will receive three follow up emails after successfully submitting your application. The first email will be confirmation of receipt of application and will be immediate. The second email will contain an important attachment listing all of the required materials to bring to your interview. Please make sure you provide us with a valid email address that you check regularly.
  • Selection Process - After all candidates are interviewed, we will begin to notify the volunteers who have been selected to join the team this summer. We will provide detailed instructions about medical requirements, orientation, and other important information in your selection letter.
  • Orientation - All selected participants will be required to attend orientation in May.

Need More Information?

Please Contact Heide Cornell, CAVS
Director, Volunteer Services
(716) 319-8405
hcornell@chsbuffalo.org