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Junior volunteers

Whether you are interested in the medical field or you would like to be part of a program that makes a difference in the lives of patients, being a junior volunteer at Cook Children's offers a very rewarding experience. If you will be between 15-18 years old by June 1, 2020, you should consider volunteering at Cook Children's.

"It has made me happier, knowing that I am doing as much as I can to help others." — Child Life volunteer

Junior volunteers help families with way-finding, support staff with clerical tasks, keep patients and siblings entertained through play and reading activities, provide much needed breaks for parents, assist with community events and much more. Opportunities to volunteer are available seven days a week, mornings, afternoons and evenings depending on the placement. Placements are at the Fort Worth medical center.

The 2020 Summer Program

The 2020 summer program runs Monday, June 8 - Sunday, August 9. You must be able to commit to one 8-hour shift every week of the 9-week program for a minimum total of 64 hours. (4-hour shifts are available, upon request and availability, for a total of a 36 hour commitment.)

Junior volunteers come in the same day and time, once a week, all summer long. Please check your summer schedule to be absolutely sure you can commit to volunteering all summer. If you will be gone more than two weeks during the summer, please do not apply for this year.

New Junior Volunteer Applications for the 2020 summer program must be received between December 1, 2019 and February 1, 2020.

  • Student contacted by email (after March 1, 2020) for an interview if the application is accepted. Student contacted by email if not accepted .
  • After an interview has been completed, the final decision process will occur. Those individuals chosen for the 2020 program will be notified the day of the interview or by email. Please be prepared to know when you will be available to volunteer.
  • Orientation(s) completed in early April, 2020.
  • Placements assigned after interviewing and orientation(s) are completed. Placement information mailed to student by the end of May 2020.


Junior Volunteer Application

Volunteer safety

Safety is of the utmost importance in protecting the patients and yourself as you volunteer in the medical setting. Please view the volunteer safety information as part of your training. When you have finished viewing the presentation, please complete the safety review test.


For more information, please contact Paige Jordan, Volunteer Program Coordinator 682-885-5500 or email