Caring Teens

The Houston Methodist Caring Teen volunteer program offers our community's youth opportunities for personal growth and development. By providing supplemental services in the hospital, volunteers gain personal satisfaction, development of personality and maturity, and an understanding of various health careers to aid in
planning their future. 

It is the energy and compassion of our caring teen volunteers that deepen the lives of patients, visitors and employees. While serving others, caring teens contribute and receive innumerable benefits:
  • Make new friends
  • Learn from individuals at a world-class hospital
  • Develop self-esteem
  • Create memories that are fulfilling and meaningful
  • Gain experience for future careers

Caring Teens serve in many ways:
  • Perform administrative tasks 
  • Assist in the Gift Shop
  • Greet and escort patients and families
  • Deliver mail to hospitalized patients 
  • Assist with special projects 
  • Provide wheelchair transport 
  • Assist clinical staff with patient services
 *Evening and weekend assignments are limited.

Application requirements for potential teen volunteers include the following conditions:
  • Must be between 15 and 18 years of age 
  • Applicants under 18 years of age must have parental consent
  • Must successfully complete a background check, safety exam, drug test, TB test and orientation (all provided by the Houston Methodist Hospital upon acceptance) 
  • Must provide a copy of applicant’s most recent report card, with B average or above
  • Must provide two copies of applicant’s school or state issued ID or passport 
  • Must provide two forms of recommendation from teacher or counselors (forms included in packet)
  • Must complete Pre-Employment Disclosure and Authorization Form (forms included in packet)
  • Must complete Volunteer Acknowledgment Form (form included in packet)
  • Must complete Immigration and Export Control Compliance Questionnaire (form included in packet)
  • Must complete Houston Methodist – Employee Health – Parental Consent Form (form included in packet)

To become a teen volunteer, follow the applicant process outlined below. 
  • Application: Applicants must submit a completed application along with all requirements to the volunteer office. 
  • Acceptance: Applicants will be notified by email regarding acceptance or rejection to the program. 
  • Pre-screen: A pre-screening phone appointment will be held to discuss assignment preferences and to schedule the applicant’s health screen and orientation. 
  • Health screen: Applicants who are accepted into the program will be required to complete a health screen: 
    • Appointments for a health screen must be scheduled through the volunteer office. 
    • The health screen includes a tuberculosis skin test, flu shot and drug test. Keep in mind that you will need to return two to three days later to have your tuberculosis test read. No appointment is necessary for this reading. 
    • Health screen appointments are available on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
    • A second TB test will be administered 5 to 14 days after the first volunteer assignment. During the first week of assignment, applicants will have a second TB injection and will return 2 to 3 days later to have it read. Applicants must attend both days for the test to be valid. 
  • Orientation: All volunteers must attend an orientation, which will be scheduled during the pre-screen appointment.
  • Safety Exam: A paper copy of the safety exam will be provided for all accepted applicants to complete. 
  • Training: An assignment-specific training will be scheduled prior to beginning your volunteer assignment. Required uniforms will be purchased at the training appointment ($25).