Unique Eskenazi Health VolunTEEN Program Offers Teens Valuable Opportunity to Gain Experience in a Health Care Setting

Indianapolis, Feb.12, 2020 – Eskenazi Health is now accepting applications for its 2020 VolunTEEN Summer Program. The annual VolunTEEN program allows teenage students on a path to becoming health care professionals the opportunity to experience volunteerism in a health care environment.

Teenagers 14 to 19 years old who are interested in a career in health care and are in good academic standing are invited to apply for the program. All applicants must turn 14 years old by Friday, April 10, 2020 to be eligible.

“The Eskenazi Health VolunTEEN Summer Program contributes greatly to the education of many outstanding future health care professionals and will serve them well as they pursue their lofty career goals while serving the communities they’ll live and work in,” said Scott Lawson, manager of Eskenazi Health Volunteer Services. “Eskenazi Health VolunTEEN program participants serve the community and accrue service hours that contribute to their college application and scholarship goals while gaining invaluable experience working with Eskenazi Health professionals.”

“Participants in our VolunTEEN program receive the precious opportunity to work with Eskenazi Health professionals and serve the community while accruing service hours that positively impact their education and scholarship goals,” said Scott Lawson, manager of Eskenazi Health Volunteer Services. “Our Eskenazi Health VolunTEEN Summer Program gives us the opportunity to inspire future generations of health care professionals and contribute to the lives of many extraordinary young people.”

This year’s program is once again placing a special emphasis on mentoring youth and preparing them for a future in health care professions like nursing and medicine. Teens accepted into the program will complete “mock rotations” throughout the clinical and business offices, providing them with the opportunity to observe health care and its operations.

Applicants may choose from two four-week summer sessions, either June 1 – June 26 or July 6 – July 31, based on availability and space is limited.  Once enrolled, each participant will commit to one week of training (professional development, panel discussions and CPR training). The remaining three weeks of the program will consist of two days per week with four hour shifts. Participants will rotate through many clinical and non-clinical settings, observing and serving with Eskenazi Health staff and Volunteer Services. Shifts may be morning or afternoon, based on availability.

All program participants must attend a mandatory program orientation on Saturday, May 9 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.

Program-specific information will be posted online at https://www.eskenazihealth.edu/about/volunteer/volunteen. All interested applicants must fill out an online application for the 2020 summer VolunTEEN program that will be available beginning Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020 and must be submitted no later than Friday, April 10, 2020 by 5 p.m.  Instructions for completing the 2020 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 10, 2010, by 5 p.m., to be considered. Applications received after this date will not be considered for the 2020 program. Please mail essays and transcripts together 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 a quantiferon TB test 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 Lawson at 317.880-3311 or scott.lawson@eskenazihealth.edu.


CONTACT: Tom Surber
Phone: 317.880.4793
Cell: 317.402.9327
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