Caring Teens


The Caring Teen Year-Round volunteer program will begin on September 19, 2016, and will end on April 1, 2017. 
Applications for the summer 2017 Caring Teen program will be available online in February 2017.

Download the 2016 Year-Round Caring Teen Program Application

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:
  • Between 15 and 18 years of age
  • Applicants under 18 years old must have parental consent
  • Successfully complete a background check, drug test, TB tests, and 2-part orientation (all provided by Houston Methodist Hospital upon acceptance)
  • Provide a copy of most recent report card, with B average or above
  • Provide two copies of applicant’s school or state issued ID, or passport
  • Provide two forms of recommendation from teacher or counselors (forms included in packet)
  • Complete Pre-Employment Disclosure & Authorization Form (forms included in packet)
  • Complete Volunteer Acknowledgment Form (form included in packet)
  • Complete Immigration and Export Control Compliance Questionnaire (form included in packet)
  • Complete Houston Methodist – Employee Health – Parental Consent Form (form included in packet)
  • Complete the Consent to be Photographed or Videotaped Form (form included in packet)

  • Complete the Background Release Form-Houston Methodist Volunteers #3114 (form included in packet)


 Application Requirements for Returning Caring Teen Volunteers:
  • Between 15 and 18 years of age
  • Successfully complete a background check, drug test, TB tests, and orientation (all provided by Houston Methodist Hospital upon acceptance)
  • Applicants under 18 years must have parental consent
  • Provide a copy of most recent report card, with B or above average
  • Provide two updated copies of applicant’s school or state issued ID, or passport
  • Complete Pre-Employment Disclosure & Authorization Form (forms included in packet)
  • Complete Volunteer Acknowledgment Form
  • Complete Immigration and Export Control Compliance Questionnaire (forms included in packet)
  • Complete Houston Methodist Employee Health Parental Consent Form, if under the age of 18 years (forms included in packet)
  • Complete the Consent to be Photographed or Videotaped Form (form included in packet)
  • Complete the Background Release Form-Houston Methodist Volunteers #3114 (form included in packet)
  • Returning Volunteers must complete a new application, if  you are not currently an Active volunteer
  • Returning volunteers must have completed 2016 program requirements with satisfactory evaluations

2017 Summer Program Requirements:
The 2017 Caring Teen Program will run from June 5th to August 18th.  Caring Teens will have the option of choosing from three summer sessions.

  • Summer 1 (June 5- July 14) with a minimum of 50 hours over 4 weeks
  • Summer 2  (July 10- August 18) with a minimum of 50 hours over 4 weeks
  • Both Sessions (June 5- August 18) with a minimum of 70 hours over 6 weeks

Please note: If accepted as a Houston Methodist Caring Teen Volunteer, that you are making a 40 hour and four (4) week commitment or 60 hour and six (6) week commitment to volunteer during the 2017 summer.  Failure to complete that commitment will cause you not to be invited back for future volunteer assignments or have your volunteer hours verified. 
Volunteers that complete all the requirements of the program with a satisfactory evaluation will receive verification of their volunteer hours. Those volunteers that complete 100 hours or more, with satisfactory evaluations, will also be eligible to receive a certificate and letter of recommendation. 


Steps:

  1. Application: Applicants must submit a paper application with all requirements into the Volunteer Office. ONLY COMPLETE applications will be accepted. Applicants who submitted complete applications will be notified by email stating the Volunteer Services department has received their completed application within a week of receiving of its submission. Applicants with incomplete applications will not be notified.

Application Deadline:  Complete application packets will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. A floating deadline has been set for Friday, March 3rd, 2017, at 5:00 pm, or until we have received enough completed applications to fill 130 slots.

Acceptance: Applicants will be notified by email regarding acceptance or rejection into program by Friday, March 24th, 2017 at 5:00 pm.

  1. Pre-screen: Applicants who are accepted will be contacted to schedule a pre-screen phone call. On this call your coordinator will discuss volunteer opportunities and schedule your health screen and orientation appointments.
  2. Health screen:  Applicants who are accepted into the program will be required to complete a health screen. Health screen information is as follow:
  • Appointments for health screen must be scheduled through the Volunteer Office. Once your application has been accepted, you will be contacted to schedule.
  • Health Screen appointment consists of a Tuberculosis Skin Test, Flu Shot and Drug Test. Please keep in mind that you will need to return two-three days later to have your TB read, no appointment is needed for the reading. A second TB test is required, and must be completed within 14 days after your volunteer start date.
  • Health screen appointments are available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays 7:30 am - 3 pm. Limited after hours appointments will be available. Specific dates are to be determined.
   4. Orientation: All volunteers must attend an orientation. Uniforms will be available for        purchase at orientation ($25). Multiple orientation dates will be available for each            summer session. Once your application has been accepted, you will be contacted to          schedule your orientation. Orientation must be completed within 30 days                after health screen appointments
    5. Assignment opportunities: Assignments range between administrative, patient          support and hospitality.  The Caring Teen Coordinator will discuss opportunities              during the pre-screen phone call. Weekend assignments are limited due to many            offices and clinics being closed.