Volunteen Program

The Volunteen program strives to provide a rich well-rounded experience of service. It offers the opportunity to develop team building as well as leadership skills and fosters self-awareness. The program is highly demanding, as each teen works closely with patients, siblings and parents. Volunteens are able to explore possible career paths as well as gain an understanding of how our unique facility has completely changed how the world treats children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases.  

Program Description

We are excited about all our program has to offer including many interactive experiences and the opportunities for service through engagement with patients and families. Volunteens will:

  • Provide fun-filled activities for our patients and siblings each day
  • Explore health and research related careers
  • Gain an understanding of and build a connection to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The Volunteen Program is a two-week program offered two different times during the summer. Each session will consist of 16 new Volunteens and four returning Volunteens serving as program assistants in a leadership role.

Many of the activities will be experienced by the group as a whole. At times, Volunteens will break into smaller groups to participate in more focused activities.

Dates for Each 2-Week Session

First Session: June 18–21 and June 25–28, 2018
Second Session: July 16–19 and July 23–26, 2018

Returning Volunteens must be able to attend training during the week before their session.  All Volunteens must be able to attend every day of their chosen session. Note that this program is in Memphis, Tennessee. Volunteens must provide their own housing and all of their own transportation.

Age Requirements

To qualify for the 2018 Volunteen Program, all applicants must be 16 years old by June 1, 2018, and no older than 18 years old by that same date.


The summer 2018 Volunteen application will be available here in early February. Applications will be accepted February through March.

All 2018 applicants will be notified by e-mail of acceptance or decline by mid-April, 2018.  

If you have additional questions regarding the Volunteen program contact our team at volunteers@stjude.org.

Quotes from participants in the 2017 Volunteen Program

“I had an amazing experience this year at the Volunteen program. I loved spending time with the patients. I also learned so much about the medical field. I feel like I know more about what I want to do when I grow up now that I have been exposed to these amazing speakers.” – Cindy T.

“I've learned that St. Jude is so much more than I thought it was, and that it is such an amazing place. And that when you are here you forget it's a hospital.” – Alexis E.

 “I loved seeing the looks on the patients and their family’s faces when they saw the crafts and activities we had. I was very touched by how the activities made everyone so happy and excited and asked when we were coming back.” – Maddy M.

“I enjoyed venipuncture because I was able to start an IV for the first time. I loved going into the OR. It showed me new nursing career paths I would definitely consider.” – Tayler R.

 “Just playing with patients and siblings and watching them have fun in the midst of everything else going on was an awesome experience.” – Gibson S.

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