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Teen Volunteer Program


High school students under the age of 18 are eligible to apply for our Summer Teen Volunteer Program. Each year students must apply (this includes returning students) in order to be considered for the current year’s Summer Teen Volunteer Program.

Our teen volunteers have the opportunity to learn the importance of ethics and confidentiality, professional behavior and appearance, infection control, fire safety and security.

How to become a teen volunteer

  • Questionnaires will be accepted at the beginning of February each year
  • Mandatory orientation is held in early June 
  • The Summer Teen Volunteer Program runs from June through August
  • During the summer, teens can volunteer in the morning and/or afternoon shifts, but cannot exceed 8 hours per day; No weekend volunteer opportunities available 
  • Teens may volunteer in a variety of areas, including clerical and nursing units
  • Complete and submit the Summer Teen Volunteer Questionnaire by the deadline
  • In our effort to follow our mission to provide “real life experience” for the teenagers, we will not be taking phone calls/emails from parents/guardians. If the teen is interested in participating in the Summer Teen Volunteer Program, please have him/her contact Voluntary Service by phone or email

Program requirements

  • Must be 14 years of age by June 1 of the current year’s program in which applying
  • Must wear uniform consisting of Khaki color pants (student must provide) and Maroon colored Voluntary Service Logo Shirt (Shirt will be provided by Voluntary Service) 
  • Complete a minimum of 100 hours or more
  • Submit most recent copy of student report card
  • Must attend mandatory orientation
  • Arrive on time to orientation
  • Due to the high volume of submissions, questionnaires must be received by the deadline, NO EXCEPTIONS


  • One free meal 
  • Certificate for completing program
  • Volunteer Pin(s)
  • Print out of Hours
  • Free Parking
  • Free Voluntary Service Logo Shirt

How to apply: Complete the 2017 Summer Teen Volunteer Questionnaire.

Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
ATTN: Tanya Lucky, Voluntary Service Specialist
2002 Holcombe Blvd., #2A-104
Houston, TX 77030