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Teen Program

Our  2015 Teen Program is full for this summer. We appreciate your interest.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with SJMHS. We are excited you have chosen us for a possible volunteer placement. Our organization values volunteer service and strives to provide a rewarding and challenging experience to those who volunteer. Through volunteering you can make a difference in the lives of others as well as your own. As a volunteer you learn new things about yourself and the world around you, make new friends and expand your skills.

Below, you will find information on how our process works and what steps you will need to complete to become an SJMHS teen volunteer. If you have any questions or concerns while completing the process please don’t hesitate to contact us at


The Summer Teen Volunteer Program runs from the beginning of summer vacation to the end of August. Teen volunteers must be able to make an eight-week commitment and be able to make up absences (absences should not exceed two). Teen volunteers must be able to commit to one four-hour shift per week, same day and time each week. Teens must be ages 16-18 years old and attending high school.

Application Process

  1. Application
  2. Have parent or guardian complete consent form
  3. Reference Letters (2 required)
    Click link to access reference forms. These should be completed by 2 non-relatives.
  4. Interview
    Volunteer Services will contact you to set up an interview and health screening, after receiving your application.
  5. Health Screening
    If you are accepted into the teen volunteer program, the bulleted list below must be completed. All immunization shots are at no expense to you and can be administered here, except the Tdap injection, which will need to be administered through your physician's office or Health Department.
    • Test negative for 2 TB skin tests (If positive, volunteer must provide a clear chest x-ray report, free of charge)
    • Provide immunization record or other document showing receipt of two doses of Varicella vaccine, lab test showing immunity, or provide history of having had Chickenpox.
    • Provide immunization record or other document showing receipt of two (2) doses of Measles, Mumps, Rubeola (MMR) or evidence of immunity (positive antibody titer) from lab testing.
    • Provide record of Tdap (Tetanus, Diptheria, Acellular Pertussis) vaccine. (The Tdap vaccine is required for anyone (regardless of age) working in a clinical setting.)
    • TB, MMR vaccine may be received through your physician's office or free of charge at our Employee Health Services.
    • Return your Health Clearance form to the Volunteer Department after health screenings has been completed.
  1. Online Orientation (To be completed after interview)
    Congratulations! Once you have been accepted into the volunteer program, you will need to do the following steps for online instructions:
  1. Power Point 
    See online volunteer handbook for further clarification
  2. Quiz
    Please allow thirty continues minutes to complete this quiz fully

Frequently Asked Questions about the Teen Volunteer Program

1.  Who can be my reference?
Non-relatives, 18 and over who can speak to your character and work ethic, for example a neighbor or teacher.

2.  When should my references be submitted on-line?
Submit references after you have applied on-line. Simply send this link to two references.

As soon as you have submitted your application on-line, simply send this link to your two references and ask them to submit completed references on-line within the next two/three days.

3. Should I print off the reference form?
No.  References are only accepted electronically.

4. How will I know if I've been accepted into the program?
Applications are reviewed in the order that they are received. You will be notified within a week to 10 days if you are a potential candidate.

5. How many teen volunteer slots are there?
Typically, we bring on 50 teen volunteers each summer

6. Will I need to make a time commitment?
Yes.  Four hours week for 8 consecutive weeks

7.  What if I have a summer vacation planned?
You will need to make up the time missed.   A maximum of 2 missed sessions.

8.  Why can't I apply before May 1?
Due to the high demand and to be fair to everyone, applications will only be accepted from May 1 until slots are filled.

9.  I am a teen but taking college courses.   Under which program do I need to apply?     
Apply to the teen program.

10. Is there more information that I need to know?
Yes, please review the 'check-list' on the website.

Returning Volunteers

1. I am a returning teen volunteer.  Do I have priority?

2.  Will I have to complete an application?

3.  Will I need to give references?

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