Caring Teen Volunteer Program

Thank you for your interest in Houston Methodist Hospital's Caring Teen Volunteer Program (located in the Texas Medical Center)! 

 

Please note that in accordance with the Houston Methodist COVID-19 booster mandate, booster vaccinations are required for all volunteers. No exemptions for volunteers are accepted. For more information please click here to visit the Houston Methodist COVID-19 resource page.

 

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 futures. 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.
 
Please note that the 2022 Summer Program has closed March 20, 2022 at 11:59 pm. The Fall Caring Teen application will open June 20th, 2022. 

All forms and documentation must be submitted by the application close date to be considered for the program. For the application, you will need to submit: volunteer profile (make an account), preliminary notices, written component (short answer questions), volunteer availability, background history form, volunteer forms (8 forms total), upload Employee Health Parental Consent form, upload your transcript, and upload your photo ID. 

Session I: June 6 – July 11
Session II: July 12 - August 15  

 


See below for more details regarding the program opportunities and application process.

 

important information

Is there a minimum time commitment?

Yes. Caring Teen volunteers that are enrolled for one session are required to complete a minimum of 50 hours through the duration of the program. Caring Teen volunteers that are enrolled for both sessions are required to complete a minimum of 80 hours for both sessions.

Health Screen Questions

Will I need to miss school for the onboarding requirements?
You may need to miss school. The health screen appointments for the TB skin test and drug test are available during business hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Please note you need to return 2-3 days later for a TB skin test reading. Limited after-hours appointments will be available.

Will students be able to receive a school excuse letter?
Yes, it is the student’s responsibility to request a letter at the time of the appointment from the Employee Health Clinic.

 

Is a second TB skin test required?
Yes, unless the student has received a blood test. The second TB skin test will need to be completed within 14 days after the volunteers start date.


How will I know if I need a TB blood test?
A TB blood test will be required for those with history of positive TB and/or if you were born in a country that required a BCG vaccine.

Schedule and Assignment Logistics

What shifts are available?
There are volunteer assignments offered during business hours, Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. We also have limited assignments available on the weekends and during the evening. The typical shift times are: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. or 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., with some room for flexibility. 

Can I change my assignment?
Volunteers are encouraged to keep their original assignment due to the number of Caring Teens and the limited assignments in the hospital. Caring Teens may be reassigned as appropriate. Contact Volunteer Coordinator, Stephani Villaloboz, srvillaloboz@houstonmethodist.org to discuss options and process for re-assignment. 

What if I have a last-minute absence for my volunteer shift?
It is your responsibility your volunteer coordinator if you are going to be late or cannot make your scheduled shift. You are not required to report to your volunteer assignment on days employees are not required to work (i.e. holidays).  
 
Is there a dress code? 
Yes. The Caring Teen volunteer shirt must be worn at all times, along with khaki, blue, or black pants and CLEAN, closed-toe shoes. Volunteers who arrive for their shift out of uniform (i.e. shorts, short skirts, denim, flip flops, sandals, capri pants, athletic wear or open-toed shoes), will NOT be able to volunteer. Volunteers must also wear a volunteer photo ID badge at all times.

 

Is there a dress code?

Yes. The Caring Teen volunteer shirt must be worn at all times, along with khaki, blue, or black pants and CLEAN, closed-toe shoes. Volunteers who arrive for their shift out of uniform (i.e. shorts, short skirts, denim, flip flops, sandals, capri pants, athletic wear or open-toed shoes), will NOT be able to volunteer. Volunteers must also wear a hospital photo ID badge at all times. 


 

Application: Please note that the 2022 Summer Program has closed March 20, 2022 at 11:59 pm. The Fall Caring Teen application will open June 20th, 2022. 

 

Health Screen: Volunteers are required to complete: (a) Tuberculosis (TB) screening (b) drug screening (c) flu vaccine and (d) COVID-19 vaccine and booster. Please keep in mind that you may need to return two-three days later to have your TB skin test read, and no appointment is needed for the reading. Uniforms will be available for purchase at this time, or during your first volunteer shift ($27.06). 

Orientation:
All volunteers must attend Caring Teen volunteer orientation. Your volunteer orientation date will be scheduled during your pre-screen phone call. Volunteer orientation must be completed within 30 days of your health screen appointment. Volunteer orientation dates are scheduled for April. 

Background Check:
Houston Methodist Hospital policy requires a background check on all volunteers. You will be emailed a link to submit your information through Pre-Check with your preliminary acceptance letter.

Start Email:
Once all items have been completed, volunteers will receive an official start email with their assignment and schedule.

Assignment Opportunities:
Volunteer assignments are available within patient services, administrative services, and customer support. 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 Caring Teen volunteers in at least one of their areas of interest, but due to availability and consideration of hospital needs, we cannot always accomplish this. Please note that weekend assignments are limited. 

 


VS701 Under 18 Volunteer Policy 

2022 Volunteer Handbook with Policies