Today was the first day of The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital’s VOLUME Summer Program. This is the second year high school students have been invited to the Hospital for a summer of professional learning. The summer program runs from June to July and is focused on providing teens insight into the medical, rehabilitative and educational services offered at the Hospital, while allowing an opportunity to work directly with the Hospital’s pediatric patients.
The VOLUME Summer Program includes 24 students from across the Oklahoma City metro area, representing 13 different schools. Because the program is aimed at teens interested in pursuing a career in a field related to services provided at the Hospital, the program has a strong educational focus.
“During the VOLUME Summer Program, the students have the opportunity to learn about nursing, medicine, special education, occupational therapy, physical therapy, music therapy, speech-language pathology, child life, social work, and hospital administration,” explained Amy Coldren, Volunteer Coordinator at The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital. “The teens also have the opportunity to work directly with patients in the special education classrooms and at bedside.”
The VOLUME Summer Program was created through a partnership with Leadership Oklahoma City’s Linking Oklahoma City’s Young Leaders (LOYAL) Class X. As a selected LOYAL Action Project, team members offered guidance in the design and structure of VOLUME, while gaining valuable learning experience in community leadership and engagement.