Teen Summer Volunteers
(For Students Ages 15 – 17)

Our summer volunteer program is for teens age 15 – 17. The program runs for 8 weeks from mid-June through mid-August. We accept applications March 1 – 10 only. Applicants who submit their materials after March 10 go on a waiting list.

If you have questions about volunteering at Gillette, email volunteer@gillettechildrens.com or call 651-578-5004.


Volunteer Requirements

Please note: We have a limited number of teen summer volunteer openings.  Teen volunteers must:

  • Be 15 – 17 years of age (applicants over 18 please apply for our adult hospital and clinic volunteer opportunities)
  • Be able to volunteer for 3 hours, once a week, for the entire 8-week summer program
  • Attend a personal interview at the hospital
  • Attend a volunteer orientation session in May
  • Be available to volunteer during weekday hours
  • Be comfortable interacting with children who have disabilities
  • Commit to maintaining patient confidentiality
  • Provide documentation of a TST (Mantoux) test
  • Provide vaccination information

Volunteer Application Process

When we are accepting volunteers, teens must:

  • Complete an online application (only for students who are ages 15 – 17 and are applying for summer volunteer positions)

  • Submit one teacher or guidance counselor reference form by March 31.

  • Have a parent or guardian print, sign and return a parent release form by March 31. 

PLEASE NOTE: Applications are complete when all forms (online application, reference form and parental release form) are submitted to Gillette Guest Services, Volunteer Program.


Volunteer Interviews and Selection

We will contact applicants who have submitted all required paperwork to provide them with additional information about the interview date, orientation session, and medical and health requirements.


Volunteer Opportunities

Teen volunteers interact with patients and families as either an ambassador or by offering crafts in our waiting room.

  • Daytime crafts: Feeling artistic? Offer arts and crafts activities (provided) to patients and their siblings. Craft activities are a great way to interact with our patients and their families! (Weekdays only.)
  • Greeter: Welcome patients and families to the hospital. Assist them with strollers and wheelchairs, escort them to appointments, and deliver flowers and gifts to patient rooms. (Weekdays only. Must be able to walk comfortably, push wheelchairs and life up to 20 pounds.)