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About the VolunTEEN Program

The VolunTEEN Program is popular and highly competitive among high school students who may or may not be interested in pursuing career in the medial field. Students are selected based on a review of their application, an interview with student and parent, availability of student to work a minimum of 8 hours per week on a set schedule, satisfactory teacher reference and current immunization record. It is important that students dedicate a major portion of their time to gain the most from their experience at Onslow Memorial Hospital.

In addition to the application, the student must present 1) a copy of their Immunization Record, 2) two teacher references, 3) signed Parental Consent Form and 4) signed Authorization and Release to use Likeness / Information Form.  The latter two forms are links in this message or can be picked up at the main lobby in the front desk.

The goal of our VolunTEEN Program is to provide positive, energetic students who are possibly interested in careers in healthcare with an opportunity to learn, help others, build friendships, and give back to the community. The program provides assistance to departments that could use extra sets of hands for non-technical tasks. Most departments are on the main campus at Onslow Memorial Hospital.

Originally started as “Candy Stripers” in the 1940s, the program has morphed into the current VolunTEEN Program (or junior volunteers) who work under the supervision of the program coordinator and also Hospital and Auxiliary staffs. The “Candy Striper” name came from the traditional uniform that volunteers wore, that looked like peppermint candy. Some of our students still wear the candy stripe uniform as we move to a more modern look this year.

Teens, boys and girls, are selected to participate in the program to serve as “Ambassadors of Good Will” for the Hospital. They do this through a variety of services from working at the various departments in the hospital.     

 

We are excited that you want to be apart of our VolunTEEN Program for the coming year! Once you have submitted your application, you are almost finished with the application process. The next step is to complete these two additional forms: the Photo Consent Form and the Parental Consent Form. You may email these along with an updated immunzation record to charlotte.rodriguez@onslow.org or you may drop all documents at the Front Desk clearly marked for VolunTEEN program.

Everyone will be scheduled for an interview starting in April 2021. If you do not turn in your forms and immunization record prior to your interview, you may bring them to your interview. Supplemental forms must be received by April 30, 2021 for consideration in the 2021 VolunTEEN Program. Our program will be limited this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Extra precautions will be in place to ensure the safety of all.

We look forward to meeting you and your parent!
 

Why should I be a VolunTEEN?

Volunteers are integral to the success of the Hospital, thanks to their interactions with staff, visitors and patients. VolunTEENs help to make the hospital a little happier and friendlier with their caring attitudes. Volunteering can be a rewarding way to spend free time, earn valuable community service credit for school and decide whether or not to pursue a career in the medical field and specifics of various fields!

To make the VolunTEEN experience the best it can be, teens must maintain first-rate behavior at all times as their conduct reflects on the Hospital and the community. Observing all hospital policies assures a great reference for college or job applications. Failure to follow these rules will result in immediate dismissal.  

How do I apply?

We are not currently accepting applications for the VolunTEEN program. Please check back in January 2022 for next year's VolunTEEN application.

 

Supplemental Forms (Required)

In addition to your application, you will need to complete these two additional forms: the Photo Consent Form and the Parental Consent Form. You may email these along with an updated immunization record to charlotte.rodriguez@onslow.org or you may drop all three documents at the Front Desk clearly marked for VolunTEEN program. Applications and supplemental forms must be received by April 15, 2021 for consideration in the 2021 VolunTEEN Program.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I am available to volunteer. What is my next step?

A: Please complete the application during the appropriate application period and submit it to the Volunteer Office. Applicants will be notified for a personal interview along with parent.

Q: What are the requirements of the VolunTEEN Program?

A: Submit the application between January and mid-April to begin the interview/selection process. Commit to at least eight hours of volunteer service a week for a total of not less than 75 hours. Must receive clearance for TB test and immunizations (2 MMR, 2 Varicella, 3 Hep-B) prior to service. Attend all mandatory training and sessions dates including interview with parent.

Q: I missed the application period - what should I do?

A: Unfortunately, we will not be able to accept your application until the next open application period. 

Q: What days and time do VolunTEENs work?

A: The greatest need for volunteers is Monday through Friday during the day. Evening and weekend shifts are very limited. Shifts are: Morning (8 am to 12 pm), Afternoon (Noon to 4 pm) and Evening (4 pm to 8 pm). 

Q: I have a job, but want to volunteer, as well. Can I volunteer whenever I am not scheduled to work?

A: Volunteering requires you to be available the same day and same shift each week for an entire term. Coordinating a regular schedule is necessary for our VolunTEEN program to work effectively in conjunction with our hospital departments and to ensure the best experience for the student. 

Q: I participate in sports and am not available for the whole summer. Can I still volunteer?

A: The VolunTEEN Program is structured to encompass at least 75 hours during the summer or a minimum of 8 hours per week every week. Please apply when you are sure you can commit to serving a regularly scheduled shift for an entire summer. 

Q:  Is this program only for the summer or can I work when school starts?

A:  There are opportunities throughout the year and many students work year round after completing their 75 hours during the summer session.  During the school year, we ask that students work 2 hour shifts versus the summer 8 hour shift.  Some students will also work during school holiday breaks.

Q:  I was in the program before, do I have to reapply?

A:  Yes, each year all applications are reviewed so selections can be made.  We cannot assume who will or will not return.
 

For more information contact Volunteer Services by email at charlotte.rodriguez@onslow.org