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Youth programs

Looking for an excellent learning and social experience? Those between age 15-18 can broaden their outlook, interests and sense of responsibility through our junior volunteer program. Mature teens will have the satisfaction of helping others in a working healthcare environment while gaining skills and knowledge they’ll need in the future.

High school students thinking about a healthcare-related career can explore future career opportunities through our Aspirations in Medicine and Healthcare Initiatives (AiM HI) program.

 

Junior Volunteer Program (JVP)

When school is out, summertime offers teens between 15-18 the chance to participate in a 6-week structured service program. We offer an exceptional experience through diverse service opportunities and planned educational days. Those interested must submit an online application, provide references, successfully complete the interview process, and commit to serve a minimum of 4-5 hours each week during the summer session. Participation in weekly educational workshops that explore various areas within the healthcare environment is also required.

The admission process is competitive and space in the program is limited, so applicants to the program need to complete the following steps:

  • Submit your application between March 1-31, 2022.
  • Complete the required essay form 
  • Arrange to have two references submitted on your behalf.
  • Attend an interest interview
  • Successfully complete a health screening, including testing for drugs and nicotine.
  • Attend the required Saturday orientation session  
  • Complete all clearances upon turning 18.
  • Complete any additional training needed before starting service.
  • Meet all Geisinger vaccination requirements.

The Program will only be offered at the following locations in 2022:

Geisinger Community Medical Center (Scranton)
Geisinger Wyoming Valley (Wilkes Barre)
Geisinger Medical Center (Danville) 
Geisinger Lewistown Hospital 

Important Dates for the 2022 Program

March 1-31:  Application period
April 18-May 13:  Participation in one evening or Saturday morning group interview as scheduled
May 14-June 4:  Participation in required orientation session, one Saturday from 9am-3pm (Specific date dependent upon location)
June 13-July 22:  Program participation of 4-5 hours weekly, between the hours of 8am-4pm, Monday-Friday

Career Exploration

Aspirations in Medicine and Healthcare Initiatives (AiM HI)

Students in grades 6-12 can participate in this interactive, hands-on career exploration experience to learn about healthcare-related careers, including clinical and non-clinical focus areas.

Virtual and/or in-person programs will be offered during the 2022-2023 school year. Learn about a variety of healthcare-related professions from experienced professional that will tell you about: the education or experience needed to fulfill a role, what to expect when working in specific career areas and the variety of opportunities available in the healthcare field.

Students can participate and register for this program through their local public school. School representatives should call 570-271-6230 or email tsmcdowell1@geisinger.edu for more information

This program will be offered annually to schools in all regions of the Geisinger service footprint:

  • Northeast: Scranton and Wilkes-Barre
  • Central: Danville, Bloomsburg, Shamokin, Muncy and Jersey Shore
  • West: Lewistown
 

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