Teens Learning in the Community (TLC) - St. Louis

The Mercy Teens Learning in the Community (TLC) summer volunteer program offers a unique opportunity to combine service and education for students, 16 years and older, who are interested in pursuing a career in the medical field. The TLC program fosters a commitment to volunteering, offers valuable insight into a variety of health care professions, and provides the opportunity to experience multiple areas of the hospital. The TLC volunteers work as a team to complete a group project designed to improve the care of Mercy patients. Additionally, this experience cultivates a sense of leadership, team building and confidence in the participants.

The TLC volunteers will interact with medical professionals such as doctors, nurses and therapists to see first-hand, the inner workings of Mercy Hospital St. Louis. The teens will also explore non-clinical positions, such as Administration and Marketing, to learn more about what it takes for a hospital to successfully serve its patients.  Each day, the teens will be invited to a Lunch and Learn lecture. Guest speakers will share information about their jobs at Mercy and their experience in the medical field, as well as offer advice on how to pursue a medical career. During Lunch and Learns, students will take tours of hospital facilities, such as the Telemedicine area. These tours show the teens how medical technology and equipment help save lives.

At the heart of the TLC Program is each student’s desire to serve his or her community. Student volunteers will spend the majority of each day assisting Mercy staff in the care of our patients and visitors. These positions will rotate, providing each teen ample time to experience the many different patient care areas at Mercy Hospital. The volunteer roles could include working in Pediatrics and Child Life with our young patients, assisting on the Medical Surgical floors by passing lunch trays to bedbound patients, directing patients’ families throughout the hospital, or simply providing a listening ear during a stressful time in a patient’s life.  Each week the teens will rotate through four unique departments, building on their skills, experience, and responsibilities.

TLC begins on Tuesday, June 12, and will run for six weeks, ending on Wednesday, July 25, with the Benefit for Mercy Kids Carnival. TLC takes place twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m.­- 3 p.m. each day (except for the last week of the program, which will be Tuesday and Wednesday), for a total of 13 sessions.  We understand that the summer can be a busy time for many teens; however, the following dates are mandatory attendance: June 12, 14 and 19, and July 25. 

To be considered for the 2018 program, applicants must turn 16 years-old prior to the March 2 deadline. To apply for TLC, please click here to access the Application and Questionnaire.  A letter of recommendation from an educational professional is also required to apply for the TLC program.  Once completed, submit the application, questionnaire and letter of recommendation to:

Mercy Hospital
Volunteer and Guest Services
615 South New Ballas Road
St. Louis, MO 63141

Applications can also be faxed to 314-251-7493 or emailed to VolunteerApps@Mercy.net.

Following the application deadline, candidates meeting Mercy Fit criteria will be contacted for an interview in March over the students’ spring breaks. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

*College students (current college freshmen and up) who are interested in participating in TLC are invited to call the Volunteer Office at 314-251-6180 for more information and opportunities for involvement.

For more information about the Mercy TLC program, please call 314-251-6180.  All applications must be received by Friday, March 2, to be considered for the 2018 TLC Program.

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