PATH--Frequently Asked Questions:
What do I do first? Beginning January 1, download, print, and read all information before determining your commitment to the program, then follow the instructions for completing the forms. Those who follow instructions and score high on the point scale will receive an invitation by the end of February to an Information/Interview Session.
What is a “point scale?" Acceptance into PATH is based on a point system. The Selection Team will rank several things: neatness and content of your application and essay, your availability, your grades, and references. If you score well and are invited to attend an Information/Interview Session, our staff will be there to mark points for presentation, promptness, and interest displayed.
Do parents attend the interview? Yes! Interviews are held in groups of students and parents March 12, 13, 18, and 19. The sessions run promptly 4:00-5:30 p.m. All new applicants and must attend one of these sessions with a parent. Please be prepared to schedule your volunteer days/times at the information session.
After attending the Info Session, how will I know if I am accepted into the program? Notification letters are mailed by mid April. You will then be required to submit all immunization records (See Immunization form) by May 2. You must also attend the Orientation and may sign up for orientation during the Info Session.
When is Orientation?
Tuesday, May 27 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
Thursday, June 5 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
Thursday, June 12 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
You may choose the date you prefer to attend if there are openings. (Dates may change if there are snow days to make up.) You must be on time and you must attend the entire Orientation; there will be no make-ups. Parents and friends do NOT attend Orientation with you. (Returning teens should allow time for TB testing.)
How long is the summer program? The program will run June 16 through August 15.
How many days a week can I volunteer? Most students work at least two or three shifts a week, for example Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays, or Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students do not work on weekends.
How long is a shift? Shifts are 3 hours and are usually divided into mornings or afternoons. What if these hours are not convenient with my parent’s schedule? Other arrangements will be considered and discussed during the interview.
Where can I volunteer? Older teens and those returning from the previous summer get first choice of patient care areas. Younger teens usually work in various departments, running errands and assisting staff, escorting or directing visitors and patients, or leading activities for children in the hospital’s daycare center located offsite.
Do I have a choice? You may specify a preference, but older and returning teens get first choice. Newcomers are placed where needed, but occasionally, exceptions are made.
Do I purchase a uniform? The PATH shirt is to be purchased at Orientation and worn each time thereafter. PLEASE NOTE: the hospital does NOT allow long or artificial nails due to Infection Control policies.
What is expected of volunteers? Behavior standards and performance will be discussed during the interview; teens and parents will be asked to sign a form stating they understand the expectations.
The forms will be posted on January 1, 2014.