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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

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 an 8-week structured service program. We offer an exceptional experience through diverse service opportunities and planned educational days. Interested students will apply online, 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 a component of the program.

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 online between February 1- February 29, 2024.
  • 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 2024:

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

Important Dates for the 2024 JVP Program

Feb 1 - Feb 29:  Application period for all campuses
March 4 - 15: Application review
March 18 - April 12:  Participation in one evening or Saturday morning group interview. (Specific date dependent upon location)
April 29 - May 4:  Participation in one required orientation session, Saturday from 9am-3pm (Specific date dependent upon location)
June 17 - Aug 9: Volunteer service participation of 4-5 service hours weekly, and attendance at 1 or more in-person or virtual educational sessions each week.
Service and educational sessions are between the hours of 8am-4pm, Monday-Friday.

Career Exploration

Aspirations in Medicine and Healthcare Initiatives (AiM HI)

Students in grades 10 -12 can participate in this interactive, hands-on career exploration experience to learn about healthcare-related professions, including clinical and non-clinical focus areas.

Geisinger staff present interactive, educational sessions and share information about the education and/or experience needed to work in various roles in healthcare, what to realistically expect when working in specific career areas, as well as sharing in-depth information about 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 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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