Service, health education experience offered to local teens this summer

    Teen volunteering to help a patient in a health care setting.
    Teen volunteering to help a patient in a health care setting.

    Teens considering a profession in health care have a unique opportunity to spend part of the summer volunteering at UofL Hospital, while also learning about careers.

    “This is the first time in several years our Junior Volunteer Program has been made available to the general public, and the very first time we are including an educational component,” said Terrilyn Green, UofL Hospital volunteer services manager. “Participating teens will have an opportunity to work in transport, food service, patient units, outpatient surgery, greeter desks and the James Graham Brown Cancer Center Breast Center or Krista M. Loyd Resource Center.”

    During the sessions, youth can help with any non-clinical activities. Transporting patients throughout the hospital, assisting with patient needs such as providing water and blankets, and providing information to patients at the reception desks are among the tasks junior volunteers can perform.

    Afternoon career exploration sessions will allow teens to hear from mentors in a variety of departments, including Admissions, BioMedical, Cardiopulmonary, Operating Room, Radiology, Respiratory Therapy, Social Work and Supply Management.

    Teens between the ages of 16 and 18 are invited to apply for the Summer 2019 Junior Volunteer Program. There will be three sessions, each lasting two weeks:

    • Session 1 – June 17 – 28
    • Session 2 – July 8 – 19
    • Session 3 – July 22 – Aug. 2

    Volunteers must be available each day of the session they choose, and may complete more than one session if openings are available. They will be assigned to either the hospital or the cancer center from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. The schedule includes:

    • 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Volunteer assignment
    • Noon – 12:45 p.m. – Lunch ($5 food voucher provided each day)
    • 1 – 2 p.m. – Career exploration session

    The application is available online. Please indicate the session (or sessions) of interest in the box marked “Anything else?” All applicants will be interviewed. Upon admittance into the Junior Volunteer Program, youth will be required to:

    • Supply immunization records
    • Have a two-step TB test

    The deadline to apply is May 17, and volunteers will learn of their acceptance by June 7. For more information contact


    Julie Heflin
    Julie oversees digital content for the Office of Communications and Marketing. She began her UofL career on the Health Sciences Center campus in 2007. Prior to this, Julie was a journalist with WFPL (Louisville Public Media), and occasionally filed reports for National Public Radio.