Caring Teens

The Houston Methodist Hospital Caring Teen volunteer program provides the youth of our community opportunities for personal growth and development. Volunteers provide supplemental services in the hospital, while gaining personal satisfaction, personality development, maturity and the understanding of various health careers that a hospital environment offers them in planning their future. Caring Teens serve others while making new friends, learning from individuals at a world-class hospital, developing self-esteem, and creating memories that are fulfilling and meaningful. It is the energy and compassion of our Caring Teen volunteers that deepen the lives of patients, visitors and employees.

Caring Teens may serve in many ways:

  • Administrative tasks
  • Gift Shop operations
  • Greet and escort patients and families
  • Deliver mail to hospitalized patients
  • Special projects
  • Wheelchair transport

 Application Requirements for New Applicants:

  • Must be between 15 and 18 years of age
  • Applicants under 18 years old must have parental consent
  • Must successfully complete a background check, drug test, TB tests, and 2-part orientation (all provided by the Houston Methodist Hospital upon acceptance)
  • Must provide a copy of 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 & 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

Year-round Caring Teen Application Deadline: Friday, November 13, 2015.  Caring Teen applications for summer 2016 will be available in February 2016.


  • Application: Applicants must submit a paper application with all requirements into the Volunteer Office. 
  • Acceptance: Applicants will be notified by e-mail regarding acceptance or rejection into program.
  • Pre-screen: A pre-screening appointment will be scheduled. This is a phone appointment during which the applicant’s health screen and orientation will be scheduled. Assignment preferences will also be discussed.
  • Health screen: Applicants who are accepted into the program will be required to complete a health screen. Health screen information is as follows:
    • Appointments for health screen must be scheduled through the Volunteer Office.
    • Health Screen appointment consists of a tuberculosis skin test, flu shot and drug test.
    • Health screen appointments are available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 7:30 am – 3:00 pm.
    • Please keep in mind that you will need to return two-three days later to have your TB test read. No appointment is needed for the reading.
  • Background Check: The background check release form will be included in application packet. This must be signed by student’s guardian, and will be processed by the Volunteer Services office.
  • Orientation: All volunteers must attend an orientation. Orientations will be scheduled during the pre-screen appointment.
  • Safety Exam: Volunteers must complete safety test and return to volunteer office before their first day.
  • Training: An assignment specific training will be scheduled prior to the volunteer starting his/her volunteer assignment. Required uniforms will be purchase at the training appointment ($25).
  • Assignment opportunities: Assignments range between administrative, patient support and hospitality. Evening and weekend assignments are limited.