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Teen Program

Our  2015 Teen Program is full for this summer. We appreciate your interest.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with SJMHS. We are excited you have chosen us for a possible volunteer placement. Our organization values volunteer service and strives to provide a rewarding and challenging experience to those who volunteer. Through volunteering you can make a difference in the lives of others as well as your own. As a volunteer you learn new things about yourself and the world around you, make new friends and expand your skills.

Below, you will find information on how our process works and what steps you will need to complete to become an SJMHS teen volunteer. If you have any questions or concerns while completing the process please don’t hesitate to contact us at


The Summer Teen Volunteer Program runs from the beginning of summer vacation to the end of August. Teen volunteers must be able to make an eight-week commitment and be able to make up absences (absences should not exceed two). Teen volunteers must be able to commit to one four-hour shift per week, same day and time each week. Teens must be ages 16-18 years old and attending high school.

There are certain key requirements that we ask each volunteer to meet in order to volunteer at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. These requirements are set in place for your protection as well as for the protection of our patients, visitors, and staff. Each requirement must be met before your first day of volunteering. The list below contains some of our requirements; however others may also apply:

  1. Application - Complete and submit the online application.
  2. Interview - All volunteers will meet with Volunteer Services staff to discuss interests, complete paperwork and determine potential placement.
  3. References - All volunteers will need to have two reference forms completed by non-relatives Click link to access reference forms
  4. Background Check - All volunteers 18 and over will be subject to a criminal background check.
  5. Health Screening

    Vaccine requirements include:
  6. Tdap Tetanus, Diphtheria, Acellular Pertussis – Vaccination required in past 10 years
  7. TB Screening – TB skin test required in past 12 months – Can be done here (free of charge). If you have had a previous positive TB test, please provide a copy of the chest x-ray.
  8. Influenza Vaccine – It is a volunteer requirement to show proof of receiving this season’s flu vaccine or a dose will be administered at no charge to you.
  9. If no documentation can be found, you may sign a declination form for the following: Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccine and Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)
  10. Training/Orientation As a volunteer you are required to complete an online volunteer orientation. Volunteers will learn about policies and procedures, guidelines, rules and regulations, along with the benefits associated with volunteering. You will have an option to complete a take home orientation or complete the online version by clicking this link. Please view the power point and complete the quiz. You will have access to the volunteer handbook for further clarification. Please allow thirty minutes to complete the quiz fully.
  11. Uniform - Volunteers will be provided a uniform that distinguishes them as part of the volunteer team.
  12. Name Badge - Each volunteer receives a hospital-issued identification badge to wear at all times.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Teen Volunteer Program

1.  Who can be my reference?
Non-relatives, 18 and over who can speak to your character and work ethic, for example a neighbor or teacher.

2.  When should my references be submitted on-line?
Submit references after you have applied on-line. Simply send this link to two references.

As soon as you have submitted your application on-line, simply send this link to your two references and ask them to submit completed references on-line within the next two/three days.

3. Should I print off the reference form?
No.  References are only accepted electronically.

4. How will I know if I've been accepted into the program?
Applications are reviewed in the order that they are received. You will be notified within a week to 10 days if you are a potential candidate.

5. How many teen volunteer slots are there?
Typically, we bring on 50 teen volunteers each summer

6. Will I need to make a time commitment?
Yes.  Four hours week for 8 consecutive weeks

7.  What if I have a summer vacation planned?
You will need to make up the time missed.   A maximum of 2 missed sessions.

8.  Why can't I apply before May 1?
Due to the high demand and to be fair to everyone, applications will only be accepted from May 1 until slots are filled.

9.  I am a teen but taking college courses.   Under which program do I need to apply?     
Apply to the teen program.

10. Is there more information that I need to know?
Yes, please review the 'check-list' on the website.

Returning Volunteers

1. I am a returning teen volunteer.  Do I have priority?

2.  Will I have to complete an application?

3.  Will I need to give references?

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