Teen Volunteer Program

We invite teens (ages 15 to 17) to participate in a rewarding and worthwhile volunteer experience as this program provides a special opportunity to engage teens who are interested in gaining experience being in a pediatric health care environment.

Teens that are accepted into the program are placed in a variety of areas throughout the hospital under supervision of Children’s staff. Teen assignments vary from outpatient and inpatient activity carts, hospitality/greeters, patient transport, Sibling Center, Physical and Occupational Therapy and Family Resource Center/Library. 

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 application period for Summer 2019 Teen Program begins March 1. At that time, we will be posting more information, directions and links on this page to all of the application requirements including the application form, reference form (which two non-relatives must complete on your behalf) and new in 2019, a teen applicant survey.

Teen Volunteer Program Requirements

  • To qualify for the program, teens must be between 15 and 17 years of age.
  • 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 March 1 and early April (new teen applicants only). As indicated above, this includes the online application, two reference forms and new in 2019, a teen applicant survey.
  • Applicants will be notified of their application status by the last week of April.
  • Those accepted into the program must attend a New Teen Volunteer Orientation and complete Immunization Requirements (TB and Tdap) prior to start date. More information will be made available when applicants are accepted into the program in a special acceptance packet.
  • The Orientation is a mandatory training session and to become a teen volunteer, you must attend. Returning teens are required to complete an Annual Retraining review and test.
  • 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 Volunteers 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 Form. If you have not received your form to complete and return, 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 no later than one year after the previous year's TB test, turn in updated requirements such as Tdap documentation and complete the Annual Retraining Requirement.