SPEAK Teen Program

SPEAK Teen Program

If you are interested in a career in healthcare and/or giving back to the community, the experience of volunteering at a hospital is invaluable. Our SPEAK program was designed to give high school students, ages 16 and 17, the opportunity to volunteer with us interacting with patients, learning about the career opportunities healthcare has to offer and give back to the community. Each year, we open up limited number of volunteer opportunities for local students.


SPEAK volunteer applications open annually at the end of February and close at the end of March. Interviews and onboarding for SPEAK volunteer positions will begin during the month of April and end with training in May. The SPEAK program runs for the months of June and July.


Duties may include patient care or administrative opportunities.

  • Delivering flowers, mail and gifts to patients and families
  • Engaging in play and other structured activities with our patients
  • Hosting live bingo daily
  • Assisting with special events and activities in the Child Life Zone
  • Special projects for Child Life and Volunteer Staff
  • Run the Toy Cart and Activity Cart


  • Must be at least 16 years old and no greater than 17 years old by June 3, 2025
  • Commit to one, 4 hour shift a week for June and July

  • Complete onboarding which includes: application, interview, drug test, background check, health screen, orientation and training sessions, etc.
  • Must receive annual Flu Vaccine
  • Wear volunteer uniform (purple t-shirt provided)

Volunteer Benefits

  • Parking voucher
  • Meal/drink vouchers
  • Education session about healthcare career during each scheduled shift
  • Building a better future for yourself, others and the community
Apply to Volunteer

If you are 16 or 17 years old and interested in volunteering for the
SPEAK Teen Program, applications will reopen at the end of February 2025

“Volunteering for Oklahoma Children’s Hospital SPEAK program was truly an exceptional experience! This program submerged me in many circumstances where I practiced team-work, professionalism, social skills and most importantly kindness. This program really taught me how powerful a kind gesture can be when it comes to helping others.” – Andrew, SPEAK Volunteer