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The VolunTEEN Summer Program is an exciting opportunity for teens interested in exploring health care careers. Students not only experience the urgency and hustle of a large urban hospital but they also get an up-close look at possible careers and earn community service hours needed for school and scholarship requirements.

Teenagers between the ages of 14 and 19 who are in good academic standing can apply for the program, which places special emphasis on preparing participants for future careers through shadowing and volunteer experiences in clinical and non-clinical areas. All applicants must turn 14 years old by Friday, April 12, 2019 to be eligible.

The 2019 program is once again placing a special emphasis on mentoring youth and preparing them for the future of health care in nursing, therapy, medicine and other professions. The teens accepted into the program will complete mock rotations throughout the clinical and business offices, providing them with the opportunity to gain a greater knowledge of health care and its operations.

Participants may choose from two four-week summer sessions – either June 3 – June 28 or July 8 – Aug. 2, based on availability. Space is limited.  Once enrolled, each participant must commit to one full week of training in the first week of the session and two days a week the remaining three weeks of the program. Participants will rotate through many clinical and non-clinical settings, observing and serving with Eskenazi Health staff and Volunteer Services.

The first week of the program will be spent in leadership development and training sessions. All program participants must also attend a mandatory program orientation on Saturday, May 11 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Doors open at 8:30 a.m., at the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital, 720 Eskenazi Ave. in Indianapolis.

All interested applicants must fill out an online application.  The application for the 2019 summer VolunTEEN program will be available beginning Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 and must be submitted no later than Friday, April 12, 2019 by 5 p.m.  Complete instructions for completing the 2019 summer program application will be available online at http://www.eskenazihealth.edu/about/volunteer/volunteer-application, using the keyword VolunTEEN in the search.

Teens will also be required to submit a minimum 500-word essay explaining why they aspire to work in health care, their plans to achieve their goals and how participating in the program will help them in their quest.

Applications, including essays and a current transcript of grades, must be received by Eskenazi Health Volunteer Services no later than Friday, April 12, 2019, by 5 p.m., to be considered. Applications received after this date will not be considered for the 2019 program. Please send essays and transcripts to: Eskenazi Health, Attn.: Scott Lawson, Manager of Eskenazi Health Volunteer Services, 720 Eskenazi Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46202.

Please note that, with a parental permission form, all applicants will receive a free, mandatory health screening by Eskenazi Health Occupational Health. The health screening includes two separate tuberculosis skin tests and an immunization verification (all teens must provide copies of their immunization records). A background check will also be completed on all VolunTEENs who are 18 or 19 years old. The mandatory volunteer certification process must be completed before beginning the VolunTEEN program.

If you have any questions about the 2019 Eskenazi health VolunTEEN Summer Program, please contact Scott R. Lawson at 317.880.3311 or scott.lawson@eskenazihealth.edu.

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