Caring Teens

 

Applications for the summer 2018 Caring Teen Summer Program are no longer being accepted. Please check back for the year-round Caring Teen program application in August 2018.

Application

 Frequently Asked Questions


The Houston Methodist Hospital Caring Teen volunteer program provides community youth with opportunities for personal growth and development. Volunteers provide supplemental services in the hospital while gaining personal satisfaction, development, maturity, and the understanding of various health careers in preparation for their future. Caring Teens serve others while making new friends, networking with medical professionals at a world-class hospital, developing self-esteem, and creating meaningful memories. Our patients’ lives are deepened through the energy and compassion of our Caring Teen volunteers.

 
Caring Teens may serve in many ways:
  • Administrative tasks
  • Patient Support
  • Hospitality
  • Special projects

 Application Requirements for New Applicants:
  • Must be between 15 and 18 years of age on April 9, 2018
  • Must complete the 2018 Summer Caring Teen application
  • Must successfully complete volunteer onboarding (provided by the Houston Methodist Hospital upon acceptance):
  • Background check
  • Heath Screening (Drug Screen and TB Test)
  • New Volunteer Orientation
  • Safety Exam

Application Requirements for Returning Caring Teen Volunteers:
  • Returning Volunteers must complete the 2018 Summer Caring Teen application, if not an ‘Active’ volunteer
  • Returning volunteers must have completed 2017 program requirements with satisfactory evaluations
  • Must successfully complete volunteer onboarding as outlined above


2018 Summer Program Requirements:

The 2018 Caring Teen Program will run from June 4th to August 17th. If accepted as a Houston Methodist Caring Teen Volunteer, you are making a commitment to volunteer for a minimum of six (6) consecutive weeks during this period and a minimum of 60 hours commitment to volunteer during the 2018 summer.  Failure to complete that commitment will prohibit participation in future volunteer programs and prevent verification of volunteer hours.

Volunteers who complete all program requirements with a satisfactory evaluation will receive verification of their volunteer hours and a program completion certificate. Those volunteers who complete 100 hours or more, with satisfactory evaluations, will also be eligible to receive a letter of recommendation.

 

Application Checklist:

New Volunteer-

PROVIDED BY APPLICANT:
-Two (2) copies of applicant’s school or government-issued photo ID
-Most recent copy of report card, with B average or above

INCLUDED IN APPLICATION PACKET:
-Parental Consent Form
-Pre-Employment Disclosure & Authorization Form
-Volunteer Acknowledgment Form
-Immigration and Export Control Compliance Questionnaire
-Consent to be Photographed or Videotaped Form
-Houston Methodist Employee Health Parental Consent Form, if under 18
-Background Release Form – Houston Methodist Volunteers #3114 (including #SS)


Returning Volunteer-

PROVIDED BY APPLICANT:
-Two (2) copies of applicant’s school or government-issued photo ID
-Most recent copy of report card, with B average or above

INCLUDED IN APPLICATION PACKET:
-Parental Consent Form
-Pre-Employment Disclosure & Authorization Form
-Volunteer Acknowledgment Form
-Immigration and Export Control Compliance Questionnaire
-Consent to be Photographed or Videotaped Form
-Houston Methodist Employee Health Parental Consent Form, if under 18
-Background Release Form – Houston Methodist Volunteers #3114 (including #SS)

 

Application Timeline:

Application: ONLY COMPLETE applications will be accepted. Applicants who submit 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:  March 2, 2018, at 5:00pm

  1. Preliminary Acceptance: Applicants will be notified via email regarding preliminary acceptance or rejection into the program by Friday, March 30th, 2018.
  2. Pre-screening: Accepted applicants will be contacted to schedule a pre-screen phone call. On this call your coordinator will discuss volunteer opportunities and schedule an informational orientation. The informational orientation is a second screening for acceptance into the program. Consider this an opportunity to showcase your interest in the program, communication skills, maturity, and other personal traits.

     

  3. Health screenAccepted applicants 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. Once accepted, you will be contacted to schedule.

    The health screen appointment consists of a tuberculosis (TB) screening and drug screening. Please keep in mind that you may need to return two-three days later to have your TB skin test read -- no appointment is needed for the reading. After beginning your volunteer assignment, a second TB test will be required, and must be completed within 14 days of your start date.

    Health screen appointments are available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in between the hours of 8:00am and 3:00pm. Limited after-hour appointments will be available, specific dates will be communicated once determined.

     

  4. Orientation: All volunteers must attend New Caring Teen Volunteer Orientation; additional orientations are required for volunteers placed in the Research Institute or MITIE. Once accepted, you will be contacted to schedule orientation. Uniforms will be available for purchase at this time ($25). Orientation must be completed within 30 days of your health screen appointment.

     

  5. Assignment opportunities: Volunteer assignments vary between administrative, patient support and hospitality. While we appreciate your interest in specific areas, capacity is limited and we must respond to the needs of the hospital. We will make every attempt to place teen volunteers in at least one of their areas of interest, but due to availability and consideration of hospital needs cannot always accomplish this.The Caring Teen Coordinator will discuss opportunities during the pre-screen phone call. Please note: weekend assignments are limited due to many offices and clinics being closed.

VS701 Under 18 Volunteer Policy