To help ensure the safety of our patients, their families, our employees, and our volunteers, we have made the decision to suspend the onboarding of new volunteers at Cincinnati Children’s indefinitely. We will provide updates when we are able to resume regular programming.
We will not have a summer high school volunteer program in 2021.
The high school program strives to provide volunteers with a rich, well-rounded experience. It offers the opportunity to develop team-building and leadership skills, while encouraging personal growth and improved self-awareness. Our teen volunteers experience an introduction to the pediatric environment as they complete meaningful tasks under the supervision of hospital staff.
The program is competitive, with only the highest scoring applicants being accepted, and requires that students commit to strict standards of conduct and exhibit the professionalism required of anyone wearing a Cincinnati Children’s badge.
High school volunteers have the opportunity to apply for participation in three sessions spread out over the course of the year. They may participate in any or all of the following sessions: Summer, Fall (which comprises the first half of the school year), or Spring (which comprises the second half of the school year).
All volunteers must be at least 15 years of age and must have completed the ninth grade. A weekly commitment of two to three hours is required for the duration of the session.
Teen volunteers who score high enough on their application packets to proceed to the next round are required to attend an information session with their parent or guardian in addition to scheduling an in-person interview and attending an in-person orientation session. Specific details regarding the important dates for each session are included in the application packet. Due to the competitive nature of the program, no exceptions are made for those who are unable to attend any of the mandatory events.