What Is It?
One of the world’s most respected centers devoted exclusively to cancer patient care, research, education, and prevention.
Assist for 4 weeks in the summer, helping in various positions including refreshment carts, patient navigation, and clinic assistant. Program currently closed; check program website for COVID-related updates.
Minimum Age to Volunteer
Students must be between the ages of 14 (by June 1) and 18 to be considered.
The summer program commitment is four weeks, with service on Monday-Thursday, 8 AM -5 PM. There are two program sessions.
Participants may not be absent more than four shifts (equivalent to two days) during the program.
Teens selected for the program will attend a mandatory full day of training on the first Monday of each session.
Typically, teen volunteers who have been and continue to be successful MD Anderson volunteers are good at time management, teamwork, communication, and taking initiative.
TEEN VOLUNTEER LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
Teen positions include Clinic Assistant, Gift Shop, Coffee Cart, Hat Cart, Beverage Cart, Popcorn Cart, and Patient Navigator. Each volunteer fulfills a morning position (8 AM – Noon) and then reports to a different position for the afternoon shift (1-5 PM). Teen volunteers also attend learning opportunities, including presentations representing different departments and tours throughout the institution.
Information about the upcoming summer program is usually posted in December, and applications are due in late January. As of January 2021, program is closed until further notice.
For more information. please visit the program’s web page.
MD ANDERSON CANCER CENTER TEEN VOLUNTEER LEADERSHIP PROGRAM IN CANCER CARE
Houston, Texas 77030
Houston, Texas 77030
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Volunteers Video (10 minutes 57 seconds) (2011)
Examples of past Scout projects
Eagle: Andrew T. (Troop 266) created a library in the Teen/Young Adult Room and the Children’s Playroom respectively in the Pedi-Dome area. He created an online survey to identify the patients’ reading interests and book suggestions. He then solicited donations of 100+ brand new, age-appropriate books (paperback and hardback) based on the survey responses from various sources and places, including family and friends as well as bookstores. The donated books were covered with laminate book protection covers to minimize contamination or germs so that the exterior of the books could be easily disinfected. The books were labeled with bookplates and/or stamps to identify them as part of the library. Simple shelving or bookcases were assembled to house the books, and there is a simple cataloging system for the library books to make it easy to find books.