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High School Students

To help ensure the safety of our patients, their families, our employees, and our volunteers, and in adherence to the CDC guidelines, we have made the decision to suspend all volunteer activity at Cincinnati Children’s indefinitely. We will provide updates when we are able to resume regular programming.

The high school program strives to provide volunteers with a rich, well-rounded experience. It offers the opportunity to develop team-building as well as leadership skills and fosters self-awareness.

The program is highly demanding, as each teen works closely with patients in a variety of outpatient settings. 

All volunteers must be at least 15 years of age and have completed the ninth grade. A weekly commitment of two to three hours is required of each volunteer for this program. 

Watch video to see an example of our teen volunteers in action.

Various Requests

Are you wondering about specific ways to get involved?  Please scroll through the FAQs to see if your idea is addressed below:


All volunteers must be at least 15 years old and must have completed the first year of high school. 
We are unable to facilitate capstone projects through Volunteer Services.  However, there are ways to get involved in supporting the hospital that might satisfy the requirements of your program.  Please visit this page for ideas. 
Because you are still in high school when you apply in the spring, you are required to complete the high school application packet to be eligible for the summer program. 
Job shadowing is an academic pursuit, and therefore is not coordinated through Volunteer Services.  To learn about the job shadowing program at Cincinnati Children’s, please visit this page.
No.  All teens must attend this information session with a parent in order to be eligible to volunteer during the summer.  There are no exceptions made for trips or school events. 
No.  If you have other commitments during the summer, this program is not a good match.  We must require that our volunteers miss no more than two scheduled shifts over the summer. 

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