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Teen Volunteer Information


Applications for the 2020 Summer Teen Program will be available starting March 1-13, 2020.  


Who: Teens must be 15 years old by June 1. * PLEASE NOTE: the minimum age has increased from 14 to 15 this year. 

What: Our teen volunteers provide service in many areas, including Volunteer Express, Patient Transport, PACU, Emergency Department (Community only), OR Materials, Pathology, Wound Care, and Central Distribution. 

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: bodnerm@upstate.edu prior to 4pm on Friday, March 20, 2020. Essays should be 1 page, single-spaced 12pt font, roughly 450 words. 

When: If accepted, the Teen Program kicks off with MANDATORY orientation and continues the duration of the summer until September 4, 2020. Teens will volunteer one full day or two half days the same each week. 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. 

Cost: Volunteer polo uniform is $15. Volunteers are also required to wear khaki pants or dress slacks and closed-toe shoes. 


Community Campus - Friday, June 26th, 2020

Downtown Campus - Tuesday June 30, 2020

*All efforts should be made to attend the orientation session at the campus in which you are placed. Campus preference will be considered, but not guaranteed. 


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


Returning Teens:

You will receive an email on March 1st with information on returning this summer. All paperwork is due by March 31st.  You do not need to reapply online.  If you did not receive this email, please reach out as soon as possible.