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 19–22 and June 27–29, 2017
Second Session: July 17–20 and July 25–27, 2017

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.


Applications for summer 2017 are no longer being accepted.   Applications for summer of 2018 will be accepted February through March of 2018.

All 2017 applicants will be notified by e-mail of acceptance or decline by mid-April, 2017.  

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

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