VolunTeen Program

The VolunTEEN program is for high school students ages 15 to 18 who are looking for a rewarding way to spend a portion of their summer. VolunTEENs will spend their days bringing smiles and laughter to the halls of the hospital. From the front desks to the patient units, VolunTEENs will craft, play games and most importantly leave a lasting impression on our patients and families. You will also have informative lunches with members of the Children's staff, which will give you the opportunity to learn about different professions in a hospital setting. 

The program spans eight weeks during June and July. Interested teens must be able to commit to volunteer at least one day a week for five hours, missing no more than two days of the summer commitment.

You must be 15 by June 1 to be eligible for this program.

Important dates

  • Application opens: Feb. 9, 2018
  • Application deadline: Feb. 23, 2018
  • Training date: May 30, 2018
  • Program dates/times: June 4, 2018 to July 27, 2018

Please note: All applications are reviewed for content rather than on a first-come, first-serve basis. All applicants will be notified individually of their status. You may only apply to one of our hospital locations.

How to apply for VolunTEENs

1. Complete the online application for one of our hospital locations below. Applications available beginning February 9.

2. Mail the following documents:

  • Completed VolunTEEN packet
  • One counselor/teacher recommendation (in a signed and sealed envelope)
  • Immunization records that include: Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (two immunization dates); Varicella/Chicken Pox (two immunization dates or titer results proving immunity); and Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis) vaccination proof from year 2006-present
  • Color copy of your photo ID (driver's license, school ID, etc.)

Who to contact for more information

Where to send your documents

Children's at Egleston
Attn: Volunteer Services
1405 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30322

Children's at Hughes Spalding
Attn: Volunteer Services
35 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE
Atlanta, GA 30303

Children's at Scottish Rite
Attn: Volunteer Services
1001 Johnson Ferry Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30342

3. Attend an interview: If you meet all of the requirements and are selected as a candidate, you will be contacted by email to schedule an in-person interview.

4. Once you are accepted to the program, you will be required to complete:

  • Criminal background check consent form (final acceptance pending results)
  • Tuberculosis screening (must be a TB blood test, either 'QuantiFERON-TB Gold In-Tube' or 'T-SPOT')

Explorer Program

The Explorer Program is an educational program for currently enrolled high school juniors and seniors interested in the exciting world of healthcare careers.

Participants will visit all three hospital campuses over the course of the school year. Each session includes a department-specific tour and guest speaker. Presentations are held monthly between September and March, except for December.

Potential opportunities include:

  • Talk with doctors, physician assistants, physical therapists and medical specialists about their experiences in healthcare
  • Explore career opportunities in Child Life, the Children's Foundation, Rehabilitation and many other unique fields
  • Learn about procedures used by a wide range of healthcare professionals including surgeons, psychiatrists and pharmacists
  • Meet other students interested in medical fields

Important dates

  • Application opens online: Aug. 1, 2018
  • Application deadline: Aug. 10, 2018

Program dates:

  • Sept. 18, 2018
  • Oct. 23, 2018
  • Nov. 13, 2018
  • Jan. 21, 2019
  • Feb. 19, 2019
  • March 19, 2019

All sessions are on Tuesdays from 4:30-6 p.m. Sessions will rotate among the locations below. Transportation to each location is the attendee's responsibility.

Explorer session locations

  • Egleston hospital
  • Hughes Spalding hospital
  • Children’s Office Park
  • Scottish Rite hospital
  • Marcus Autism Center

How to apply for the Explorer Program

1. Meet the program requirements:

  • Students must be currently enrolled high school juniors or seniors
  • Students must be able to attend five out of the six scheduled sessions to receive a certificate of completion
  • Students can only participate in one Explorer Program during their high school career

2. Complete and submit the online application by the deadline.

For more information about Explorers at Egleston, contact Ansley Johnson.

For more information about Explorers at Scottish Rite, contact Melanie Turner.