On Monday, June 17, 52 local teens participated in orientation for Nanticoke Volunteer Services’ Summer VolunTEEN program. The program was started in the early 2000’s and allows local teens (age 14-18) to gain hands-on work-related experience in several departments throughout Nanticoke Health Services. Nanticoke’s teen volunteers—known as “VolunTEENs”—are required to commit a minimum of 50 service hours during summer break.
“During the summer, Nanticoke offers local teens an opportunity to see healthcare from behind the scenes. When these young people volunteer, they see healthcare from a unique perspective while helping their neighbors, friends, and the community at large,” noted Kelly Novak, MS, CAVS, Nanticoke’s Director of Volunteer Programs.
Nanticoke’s Summer VolunTEEN program is also piloting a peer mentoring opportunity for returning VolunTEENs to providing support and guidance to new VolunTEENs. The mentors can be easily spotted with their bright polo shirt. “This is an opportunity for our returning teens to take their volunteering to the next level by mentoring new volunteers,” adds Novak. “This is a win-win situation for the teens, the community and Nanticoke – everyone is learning and growing!”
If you are in the hospital and see any of our VolunTEENs, please take a moment to thank them for giving back to their community during their summer break! Nanticoke Volunteer Services also provides year-round volunteer opportunities for adults. To learn more and apply online, visit www.nanticoke.org/volunteer.