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High School Student Program

Very Important Information about Phone Registration!

2018 Summer High School Program

The Summer High School Program is now FULL.

We will begin accepting calls for summer placement appointments beginning at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2018. To schedule an appointment, phone our office at (585) 275-2420. Please do not visit or email us. Due to the popularity of this program, we have a limited numbers of openings available and they fill very quickly, so please be prepared to call more than once before you get through. Calls for appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.

We understand some of you would prefer to use email but, unfortunately, we only have the resources to manage the volume of interested students by phone. We are aware that trying to get through can be frustrating - we ask for your patience and perseverance - and keep trying! Only 2 appointments per call, please.

Due to the larger number of walk-in appointments, we ask that interested parties refrain from coming to the Friends of Strong office to wait in line to schedule an appointment. We recommend calling in to schedule all High School student appointments.

Have an appointment scheduled for the summer 2018 volunteer program? Here’s what you need to know:

  • Please call 275-2420, if you cannot keep your appointment
  • Please allow 1 hour and 15 minutes for appointment
  • Bring an official copy of your Immunization Record and current Physical Assessment (no more than a year old) to your appointment. You may obtain these forms from your school nurse or doctor.
  • The University of Rochester requires 2 varicella (chicken pox vaccines) in order to volunteer at SMH. NYS schools only require 1 vaccination. Please be advised that if your child has only received 1 vaccine, they will be required to receive a second vaccine from their PCP prior to volunteering with the Summer Program.
  • Bring a copy of the most recent work permit.
  • Inquire at Information Desk in Main Lobby for directions to the Friends of Strong Office.


  • College Student Volunteer ProgramYou are at least 14 years of age or older by July 1, 2018. 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. You can begin calling on May 1 to set one up. Appointments will be scheduled from May 8 through May 25, at the Friends of Strong Office, so please make sure you will be available for an interview at that time.
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.