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Do hospitals still have Candy Striper programs for teens?

Asked by BarnacleBill (16078points) May 4th, 2011

@tianaloveyou’s question about things to do with her friend brought to mind that, when I was 14, my friends and I volunteered at a hospital as Candy Stripers. We would deliver flowers and magazines to patients, work in the gift shop, help the nurse’s aids change beds, get water for patients, transport patients to and from Xray and physical therapy. It was hard work but fun. We would meet up for lunch, made some new friends, etc. All of this was great because you could count it as service hours for school and as work experience when you applied for jobs.

Do programs like this still exist for teens?

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optimisticpessimist's avatar

The short answer is yes. It depends upon the hospital and the programs they offer; however, they are not usually called candy stripers anymore. They can be junior volunteer programs or just volunteer programs. The Red Cross also has junior volunteer programs in some areas.

blueiiznh's avatar

Candy Strippers are hot!

Oh you said, Candy Stripers. Nevermind.

GracieT's avatar

I was one for all four years of high school. I took care of developmentally disabled kids and also worked in Medical Records. I actually worked for four and a half years in the early years of this century. They called us Volunteens (get it? :0) ) and I loved it. I think they still have programs like Candy Stripers, they just don’t always call them that.

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