2020 Junior Volunteer Summer Program


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2020 Junior Volunteer Summer Program

** THE APPLICATION DEADLINE HAS PASSED FOR THE 2020 SUMMER JUNIOR PROGRAM **

There have been multiple changes made to the program for this summer due to a workforce reduction.  So please read all of the information below before applying to the 2020 Summer Junior Volunteer Program.

Each summer Dignity Health’s St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center Junior Volunteer Program provides teens with a great opportunity to make a difference in their community.  If you are looking for a rewarding experience that includes helping others, making new friends and learning about healthcare career opportunities, Dignity Health is the place for you!

Many patients choose Dignity Health because we are committed to providing a kinder, gentler hospital stay, and you get to be a BIG part of that.  Junior Volunteers serve during the summer in many areas including:Each summer Dignity Health’s St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center Junior Volunteer Program provides teens a great opportunity to make a difference in their community. If you are looking for a rewarding experience that includes helping others, making new friends and learning about health care career opportunities, Dignity Health is the place for you!

Many patients choose Dignity Health because we are committed to providing a kinder, gentler hospital stay, and you get to be a BIG part of that. Junior Volunteers serve during the summer in many areas including:

  • Transportation
  • Information Technology
  • Copy Center
  • Information Desk
  • And other areas as needed around the hospital environment

Who Volunteers?

This program is designed for high school students between the ages of 14 through 17 years old, who are interested in exploring careers in healthcare.  This popular program is a great way to develop new skills, meet new people, observe caring professionals, and better compete for college scholarships.

The Summer Junior Volunteer Program begins the week of June 15, 2020 and runs for 4 weeks through July 10, 2020.  Volunteers will be required to complete a minimum of 16 hours during the program (one 4-hour shift per week).  Since the program has been shortened to 4 weeks this summer, you will be required to honor this commitment.  If you can’t do that, you won’t be accepted into the program. 

What is a Typical Day?

At Dignity Health, Junior Volunteers help with various tasks around the hospital, including helping in the nursing areas, answering phones at the information desk, assisting with miscellaneous office duties, making patient beds and helping visitors and patients get around our campus.  This experience offers the opportunity for teens to gain self-confidence and improve their communication skills, while making a difference in people’s lives. 

Health Care Career Exploration

During this session students will get a glimpse into the many healthcare professions and hear first-hand from Dignity Health doctors, nurses and other medical professionals about what it takes to succeed in the healthcare industry.  We encourage you to participate in this four hour session in addition to your 16 hour summer commitment. You will be notified of the 3 options to attend this session at a later time.

Volunteer Scheduling

Students are placed in service areas based on the needs of the hospital as well as their availability.  Minimum requirement for the program is 16 hours (one 4-hour shift per week for 4 weeks). 

Ready to Get Started?

To be considered for the program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a high school student between the age 14 through 17 (must be age 14 prior to May 1, 2020).
  • Must be available to volunteer one 4-hour shift per week for the duration of the 4 week program (16 hours minimum commitment).
  • Must demonstrate desire to assist patients and families, be responsible, interested in learning, and work well within a team
  • Complete an online application between Feb 1-Feb 28 only
  • Once application has been received you will be given specific days and time frame to call to schedule your interview appointment.  There is only one person who will be doing the scheduling so it is important that the calls only be made during specific time frames.  You will be notified of those times at a later date.
  • You must be able to come for an interview on either Saturday, March 7 or Saturday, March 14.  Those dates are the only times you will be able to interview for the program
  • Once you have been accepted into the program you will need to do your health screening in the month of April.  You will be given more information on that once accepted.
  • Must be able to attend in-person orientation on Friday, June 5, 2020.  It will be offered twice that day but space is limited in each session, so you have to confirm your seat ahead of time.

How to Apply

** THE APPLICATION DEADLINE HAS PASSED FOR THE 2020 SUMMER JUNIOR PROGRAM. **

Once we have received your application we will send you more information on specifics for setting up your interview appointment.

Before your interview appointment, please print and complete the following forms.  Bring all completed documents with you to your interview appointment in March.  You must have all of your forms with you at your interview or you may not be admitted into the program. 

Returning junior volunteers from last summer should follow the same process.  Please complete a new application and make sure to indicate you volunteered last summer.  The process will be the same as new applicants.  The only difference is we will ask you a different set of questions at the interview.  Please make sure to print out the forms above and bring completed forms to the interview.  

Returning Junior Volunteers should email or call the Volunteer Services Office at 602.406.3020 for additional guidance.

If accepted into the program, all volunteers, new or returning, will need to complete an online orientation.

Interviews

Interviews will take place on either March 7 or 14 and are on a first-come, first-served basis.  Interview time slots are limited and go very quickly.  Once your application is received we will send you information on the process to schedule the interview appointment.

Interviews are an important part of our selection process, so please arrive on time and dress appropriately.  You will also need to bring your two Reference Forms to the interview appointment along with the Photo and Parental Consent forms. 

During the interview you will be asked to answer questions regarding past volunteer experiences, best availability for volunteering, transportation plans, school and more.  Students should have set arrangements regarding parent/guardian drop off and pick up, carpooling, etc.  Most interviews are completed within 15 minutes.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN VOLUNTEERING IN OUR 2020 SUMMER JUNIOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM!