by Arielle Spears
Searching for a rewarding and educational experience for your teen this summer?
Immerse your teen in the hospital environment through Upstate Medical University’s Summer Teen Volunteer Program. For more than 13 years, Upstate’s Downtown and Community Campuses has been successfully offering this unique hands-on opportunity to Central New York schools. The program will allow teens to enhance the lives of members of their community, while exploring career possibilities, and learning about adult healthcare.
Upstate’s Summer Teen Volunteer Program application acceptance has begun. The Downtown Campus program will feature two, three-week sessions. Orientation for the first session will be held July 7. First session teens will volunteer from July 9 to July 29. Orientation for the second session will be held August 4. Teens participating in the second session will volunteer from August 6 to August 26. Upstate’s Community Campus Summer Teen Volunteer Program will be from July 6 to August 21.
“During summer, the teen volunteer play a large role in providing a positive hospital experience for patients and their families,” said Rhonda Butler, manager of Upstate’s Volunteer Initiatives. “Through our program teen volunteers gain a better understanding of not only responsibility, but the importance of supporting and caring for others.”
Teens selected for volunteer roles will assist more than 20 inpatient and outpatient Upstate departments by performing essential l tasks, such as providing comfort care at bedside and escorting discharged patients. Teens will function in the Monday to Friday hospital setting, where they will learn the layout of the hospitals and daily operations.
Upstate’s Volunteer Services members will teach teens about wheelchair guidelines, patient confidentiality policies, improving patient satisfaction, customer service skills and more.
Teen volunteers must have working papers. Downtown Campus volunteers are required to complete a minimum of 36 hours and must volunteer two full days a week or four mornings a week.
Schools, such as Fayetteville-Manlius, Christian Brothers Academy, Baldwinsville, Cicero-North Syracuse, West Genesee and 18 other area school districts are an important part of Upstate’s Teen Volunteer program. We thank them for their contribution in making our communities better and healthier.
Upstate’s Downtown Campus will be accepting a total of 80 teens. Teens who wish to join Downtown’s volunteer program need to apply at http://www.upstate.edu/hospital/volunteers/teen.php. Those wishing to join the Community Campus apply at http://www.upstate.edu/community/support/volunteers.php.
The deadline for all applications is April 13, 2015.