The 2021 VolunTEEN program is an opportunity for experiential and service learning, providing teens with a chance to gain a realistic perspective of a career in a health care environment. It is also a great way to meet new people and gain community service hours needed for school and scholarships.

Teenagers 14 - 19 years old (must be 14 by Friday, April 16, 2021), who are interested in a career in health care and are in good academic standings, can sign up for the annual summer VolunTEEN program, beginning Monday, Feb. 1, 2021. This year’s program is placing a special emphasis on the health care career development, college preparation and volunteer service, while providing insight into positions in health care, such as nursing, therapy, medicine, administration and other health care professions. Teens will hear from a variety of clinical and non-clinical departments and professionals and be given the opportunity to gain a greater knowledge of careers in health care and the operations of a community-focused health system.

The VolunTEEN program will provide shadowing and volunteer experiences for students on a path to becoming health care professionals. Eskenazi Health Volunteer Services is again offering two summer sessions, participants may choose one of the two sessions, either June 7 – July 2 (session one) or July 5 – July 30, 2021 (session two). Each session will provide the same experience and participants will receive an orientation to Eskenazi Health, leadership training, CPR & first aid certification, tours, panel discussions and a variety of predetermined shadowing experiences.

Applicants are required to complete a professional online application. First-time teen applicants must also submit a minimum 500 word essay. This essay should discuss the applicant's aspirations to work in health care, plans to achieve their goals and how participating in the VolunTEEN program will help them in their endeavors. Essays and a current transcript of grades must be received in Eskenazi Health Volunteer Services no later than Friday, April 16, 2021. Essays and transcripts received after this date will disqualify a potential participant, even if the application is posted on time.

A required health screening is provided by Eskenazi Health Occupational Health to all accepted program participants, free of charge, with a parental permission form. The mandatory health screening at Eskenazi Health Occupational Health includes a Quantiferon Tuberculosis Blood Tests and an immunization verification (teens must provide copies of their immunization records).

If you have any questions about the 2021 Eskenazi Health VolunTEEN Summer Program, please fill out our Contact Us form stating your inquiry of the program.

Eskenazi Health Volunteer Services offers a variety of volunteer opportunities that allow people of all ages the chance to play a vital role in fulfilling Eskenazi Health's mission of advocating, caring, teaching and serving all citizens of Marion County, with a special emphasis on its vulnerable populations.


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