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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center


Summer Youth Volunteer Program (SYVP) 2018

We are pleased to invite students aged 14 to 18 to participate in VA’s Summer Youth Volunteer Program. The SYVP is designed to create volunteer and learning opportunities for younger volunteers who intend to serve 50-100 hours between June and August 2018, introducing them to VA health care and our mission serving Veterans.

Important Notes

  • All youth volunteers must make a one-time trip to Charleston VA Medical Center for orientation.
  • Youth volunteers cannot have VA computer access
  • Youth assignments are meant to be contributory, supplementary and age-appropriate.
  • Children of VA employees cannot be placed in their parent’s work area.
  • We have a zero tolerance behavioral policy.

    Deadlines & Datesleston and Myrtle Beach

    Applications Due
    May 18

    Selections Made
    June 1

    Youth Orientation - June 8, 2018, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    Held at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center. Orientation covers topics such as privacy, safety, dress code, infection control and more.
    Refreshments will be provided.

    Start Date
    June 11

    Last Day
    August 3

    Youth Volunteer Appreciation Pizza Lunch will be held at the Ralph H. Johnson VAMC on August 3 for those participating in the program.


    Student Instructions

    • Deadline is MAY 18, 2018, to submit volunteer application (click here) by fax at 843-789-6132 or email to
    • You must also submit the essay and TB form as noted below (Note: you can attach a scanned copy to an email but must be signed – see next bullet).
    • Volunteer applications for students under age 18 must include parent/guardian signature on second page, as well as student signature on first and second page. Parent of students must also sign authorization for TB testing – please include this form (click here) with your application package.
    • ON A SEPARATE PAGE, or in the body of the email if attaching a scanned application to an email, include 1-2 paragraphs explaining why you want to volunteer at VA.
    • Assignments will be discussed at orientation.  We make every effort to place you in a opportunity best suited for your future intentions; however, we may be unable to accommodate.  Volunteer assignments available will be designed to enhance customer service, patient experience and the best needs of the medical center.