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The 2020 VolunTeen Program takes place from June 1st – July 23rd.

A VolunTeen may serve at Emory Decatur Hospital between the ages of 14 and 18, must have completed the 9th grade, and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. He or she will work within the hospital under the supervision of specified hospital personnel and the Emory Decatur Auxiliary. Spaces are limited. Only complete applications will be considered for an interview.


  • January 6, 2020 - Applications open
  • March 12, 2020 – Notifications emailed if you have been selected for interview
  • March 23 – 26, 2020 - Interviews held (3 pm – 7 pm)
  • March 30 – April 3, 2020 – Notifications emailed to those selected to participate in the program
  • April 24, 2020 – Deadline for mandatory TSPOT blood test
  • April 24, 2020 – Deadline for dues ($25) & uniform ($15) payment
  • May 1, 2020 – Deadline to complete online orientation tests
  • May 7, 2020 – Mandatory IN-PERSON VolunTeen Orientation (6 pm – 8 pm), if selected for the program you and a parent or guardian MUST attend
  • June 1 - 4, 2020 – First week of volunteering
  • June 29th - July 3rd - One-week break from volunteering
  • July 20 - 23, 2020 – Last week of volunteering

Shifts are available Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Multiple shifts/days are possible, however, returning VolunTeens receive priority scheduling. There are NO Friday or weekend shifts available. Scheduling and availability will be discussed during the interview.

It is our experience that teens receive the most benefit from the VolunTEEN program if they participate consistently during the session. Please be aware, if your schedule does not allow you to commit to the full eight-week session, we recommend you do not apply for this program. We are unable to schedule make-ups. Please carefully consider whether you will have time to fully participate in this program. Once the summer session has started NO changes to the schedule can be made. Additionally, ONE excused absence is allowed during the eight-week session. While we will do our best to work around your schedule preferences, please note that schedule selections cannot be guaranteed.

All required documents (listed below) must be received BETWEEN MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 2020 and FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2020 to be considered for an interview. Applications received PRIOR TO January 6th or AFTER the deadline of February 28th will NOT be accepted, NO EXCEPTIONS. Due to the limited number of openings, only a select number of applicants will be invited for an interview.

Checklist for Required Documents (ALL due by Feb. 28th):

□ Complete Online Application
□ Emergency Contact Information (part of online application)
□ Copy of your current transcript with a minimum 3.0 GPA; an unofficial copy is acceptable
□ Complete the VolunTEEN Required Documents Packet (email  
           volunteers@emoryhealthcare.org to request the packet
) which includes:
□ Parental Agreement form
□ Consent for Interviewing, Photographing, Filming, Video/Audio Taping form
□ Counselor/Teacher Recommendation form
□ Two Personal Recommendation Forms – (to be completed by NON-Family
□ Doctor’s Recommendation form
□ Current Immunization Record - MUST include documentation of vaccination
                   or titer for the following:
□ Chicken Pox (Varicella) – 2 dose vaccine
□ MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) – 2 dose vaccine
□ Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) – 1 dose, within last 10 years
□ Hepatitis B – 3 doses (NOTE: Additional titer blood test showing positive
                           for immunity may be required for departments with direct patient contact)
□ Criminal Background Check Consent Form (if age 18 by June 1, 2020)
□ Copy of Driver’s License or state issued ID (if age 18 by June 1, 2020)

         Required Documents may be mailed in one packet to: 
Karen Caughman
Emory Decatur Volunteer Services
VolunTeen Program
2701 North Decatur Road
Decatur, GA 30033

Or emailed all at once to: volunteers@emoryhealthcare.org 

If accepted into the program:

  • T-SPOT blood test results (for tuberculosis) must be completed by April 24, 2020 (provided free of charge at the hospital, the instructions on how to obtain the test will be provided with acceptance notification; Please Note: A PPD skin test is NOT an acceptable substitute, and could delay your ability to receive a T-SPOT test if recently taken.)
  • Dues ($25) must be paid by April 24, 2020
  • Uniform shirt ($15) must be paid by April 24, 2020
  • Complete online orientation test and training requirements by May 1, 2020 (instructions provided with acceptance notification)
  • You and a parent or guardian MUST attend a mandatory In-Person VolunTeen Orientation on Thursday, May 7, 2020 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Keeton Auditorium, located at Emory Decatur Hospital – NO MAKE UP ORIENTATIONS WILL BE OFFERED

Questions or problems can be directed to the Volunteer Services Office at 404.501.5208 or volunteers@emoryhealthcare.org.

*Please note that Volunteer Services DOES NOT provide Shadowing or Observation experience.

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