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Teen Volunteer Information

The 2023 Summer Teen Volunteer Program Application will open:

Monday, March 27th at 8:30 am and will close Friday, April 7th @ 4:00 pm


Who: Teens must be 15 years old by June 1st and fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (1st and 2nd dose)

Why: We'd like to hear from you! A mandatory essay on why you would like to volunteer and what you would like to get out of the experience will accompany applications.

You must email your essay to: volunteer@upstate.edu prior to 4pm on Friday, April 14, 2023. Essays should be 1 page, single-spaced 12pt font, roughly 450 words. 

When: If accepted, the Teen Program kicks off with MANDATORY orientation via Zoom on June 29th in the morning and continues the duration of the summer until September 1, 2023. Teens will volunteer 4 hours each week, with a set day/time. Vacation plans should be disclosed on the application and teens should not miss more than 2 weeks of the program. 

Where: Downtown Campus - 750 E. Adams St or Community Campus - 4900 Broad Rd. Teens will have an opportunity to choose their preference, however, we cannot guarantee placement at their first choice. 

If I apply, am I automatically accepted? We are proud of our growing teen program, but that means there are limited positions available. We do our best to match as many teens with as many volunteer positions as possible, but due to the high number of applicants, it is not possible to find a match for everyone. We do not offer opportunities on the weekends for teens. 

What are you looking for? Our teen volunteers must be interested and enthusiastic about what they are doing. We emphasize independence and ask that the teen fill out their own application. Parents and family, please know, if we trust them in our hospital working independently, we expect them to be the one to communicate with us.  

Please direct questions to (315) 464-5180 or volunteer@upstate.edu