Caring Teen Volunteer Program
Thank you for your interest in the Caring Teen Volunteer Program!
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.
2019 Year-Round Program: Currently CLOSED
2020 Summer Program:
Application Opens: Monday, February 3rd
Deadline for complete applications: Monday, March 16 at 5 p.m.
Notification of Acceptance: Monday, March 23rd by 8 p.m.
Session 1: Monday, June 8 - Friday, July 10
Program End: Monday, July 13 - Friday, August 14
See below for more details regarding the program opportunities and application process.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a minimum time commitment?
Yes. Caring Teen volunteers are required to complete minimum 60 hours during the duration of the program. In addition, volunteers must complete, at minimum, one 3-hour shift/month.
Who can fill out the recommendation forms?
A high school counselor or teacher that knows you well.
How will I know if I've been accepted to the program?
Applicants will receive two emails by the dates posted above:
1. Successful submission of application - indicates complete application has been received and is under review.
2. Acceptance into the program - indicates that you have been accepted into the program, pending that the pre-screen, health screen, and orientation are successfully completed in a timely manner.
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.
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. Please note: If you require the TB blood test, you will be asked to return Monday-Friday to have it drawn during business hours, 8 a.m. -3 p.m.
Schedule and Assignment Logistics
What shifts are available?
There are volunteer assignments offered during business hours, Monday-Friday 8am5pm. We also have limited assignments available on the weekends and during the
evening. The typical shift times are: 8am-12pm, 12pm-4pm, or 4pm-7pm, 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 your coordinator in Volunteer Services to discuss options and procedures for re-assignment.
What if I have a last minute absence for my volunteer shift?
It is your responsibility to notify your mentor or supervisor in your assigned area if you are going to be late or cannot make your scheduled shift. You are not required to report to duty on days employees are not required to work (i.e. holidays).
Is there a dress code?
Yes. The Caring Teen volunteer uniform must be worn at all times, along with khaki, blue, black or brown pants and CLEAN, closed-toe shes. 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 I.D. badge at all times.
1. Application Submission: Applicants must complete the 2019 Caring Teen Year-Round Program application in its entirety and submit it via email by the deadline posted above.
2. Preliminary Acceptance: Applicants will be notified via email regarding preliminary acceptance into the program by the date posted above.
3. Pre-Screen: Accepted applicants 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 volunteer orientation. The volunteer 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.
4. Health screen: Accepted applicants will be required to complete a health screen. Important notes regarding the health screen:
Appointments for health screen must be scheduled through the Volunteer Office. Once accepted, you will be contacted to schedule. Appointments are available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm. Limited after-hour appointments will be available, specific dates will be communicated once determined.
Volunteers are required to complete: (a) tuberculosis (TB) screening and (b) 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.
5. Orientation: All volunteers must attend New Caring Teen Volunteer Orientation. 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.
6. Start Email: Once all items have been completed, volunteers will receive an official start email with their assignment & schedule.
Volunteer assignments are available within administrative services, patient 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 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.