Teen Volunteer Program

We invite teens to participate in a rewarding and worthwhile volunteer experience from June through August every year. As our Hospital Volunteer Program requires volunteers to be ages 18 and over, this is a special opportunity to engage teens who are interested in volunteering at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

Teens that are accepted into the program are placed in a variety of areas throughout the hospital ranging from direct interaction with patients and families in playrooms, to supporting waiting room areas, to assisting with escorting patients within the inpatient setting. Teen volunteers are supervised by Children's staff members.

The Teen Volunteer Program is very popular and often there are more applicants than available openings. Please keep in mind, due to a large number of applications and many teens that return to the program from previous years, there are usually limited openings each year. We encourage teen applicants to submit their applications early and be thoughtful in the completion of all application materials.

Download the Teen Volunteer Program Frequently Asked Questions (PDF).

Teen Volunteer Application

The deadline has passed for applications to the 2016 Teen Volunteer Program. We will begin accepting applications for next year's Teen Volunteer Program in late February 2017.

Teen Volunteer Program Requirements

  • To qualify for the program, teens must be between 15 and 17 years of age.
  • Candidates must be 15 years of age on January 1 of that calendar year.
  • If you turn 18 years of age before the start date of the year's program), then you are no longer eligible to participate in the Teen Volunteer Program. However, you would be eligible to begin the transition to become a part of the Hospital Volunteer Program.
  • Commit to a weekly schedule of 3 to 4 hours of volunteer service for a minimum of eight weeks between June and August. A limited number of teens may qualify to volunteer during the school year. Teens that have already volunteered in the summer program will be selected for school year assignments based on merit and availability.
  • Complete all steps of the application process during the open enrollment period between February and early April (new Teen Applicants only). This includes the online application and two reference forms.
  • Applicants will be notified of their application status by the last week of April.
  • If you are chosen to be a part of the Teen Volunteer Program, you will be required to attend one of the scheduled Volunteer Orientations. This is a mandatory training session and to become a teen volunteer, you must attend one of these sessions. Returning teens are required to attend a Refresher Session.
  • All volunteers must have an updated TB test, record of Tdap vaccination in the past 10 years and complete the required paperwork. The TB form and more information about Tdap will be emailed to candidates who are offered assignments.

Returning Teens

All previous Teen Volunteer will be contacted early in the calendar year, inviting them back to the program as long as they met the minimum requirements the previous summer. Each will be asked to complete a Returning Teen Volunteer packet. If you have not received your packet, please contact the Volunteer Services Department at 412-692-5185 or via email at volunteercoordinator@chp.edu to have one emailed to you.

In addition to completing this paperwork, all returning volunteers are also required to have an Annual TB test completed, turn in updated requirements such as Tdap documentation and complete the Annual Retraining requirement.