High School Student Program
The Friends of Strong 2020 Summer High School Program has been suspended. We look forward to hosting our program in 2021. Please check our website for updates, or contact our office at 585-275-2420.
- You are at least 14 years of age or older by July 1, 2021. Students will be accepted through their senior year.
- You can communicate clearly and fluently in English.
- You can perform described activities for the assignment.
- You feel comfortable working independently and with a minimum amount of supervision.
- You can commit to volunteering three to four hours per week for 8 weeks.
- You are responsible for providing a copy of your work permit if you are under the age of 18.
- You must attend the group information session in May or early June. At the group information session, Friends of Strong will walk you through the process and schedule your health appointment. Individual departments may have additional orientation requirements.
Frequently asked questions for High School volunteers
- How do I get started?
- Make an appointment for a group information session. Date will be posted early March.
- My counselor said I need 100 community service credits. How much time can I volunteer per week?
- High school students in the summer program are allowed to volunteer for three to four hours per week for 8 weeks.
- Can I volunteer any time I want?
- Volunteer shifts may vary depending on the type of position we match you with. We make every effort to accommodate homework and outside activities but not all placements are available at all times.
- What kinds of activities will I be doing?
- We offer a variety of activities in hospital departments and units. Some of those are Pediatrics, Patient Discharge, and the Gift Shop. All of our positions involve contact with patients on some level.
- I have heard about hospital volunteers cuddling babies and would really like to do that. .
- Placements known as NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) Volunteers in the hospital’s NICU are not available for summer high school volunteers.
- How do I get a work permit?
- Work permits are available through your high school.
- Why do I need a health appointment?
- Your safety and the safety of our patients and staff is our first priority. We must make sure vaccinations and other health related requirements are up-to-date.
- If I don’t find the placement I want, can I “shadow” someone?
- Unfortunately, Friends of Strong does not handle shadowing situations. You must contact a department directly to arrange a shadowing opportunity.
- My older brother got to work in a lab. It was very cool. I might like to do that.
- We no longer offer lab or clerical assignments.