The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital recently held a graduation ceremony for their 2018 VOLUME Summer Program. VOLUME (Volunteer, Observe, Learn, Unify, Mentor, Explore) is a program focused on providing high school students insight into the medical, rehabilitative and educational services offered at the Hospital.
The program provides hands-on learning experiences to students who hope to pursue careers in health care, physical rehabilitation, special education or social work. Throughout the program students participate in team and character-building activities, educational presentations and one-on-one patient interaction.
“Through VOLUME we have seen our participants develop a passion not only for the healthcare field, but for working with children with complex medical needs,” said Amy Coldren, manager of volunteer services at The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital. “We have had tremendous success with our VOLUME participants. Each summer they make a positive impact on the Hospital’s patients and staff.”
Kevin Thomas will attend the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics in the fall. Kevin applied for VOLUME to learn more about the field of radiology. Kevin wants to go into radiology, as it will allow him to apply his love for math and science.
“My passion for math and science was a big factor behind my decision to apply for VOLUME. I wanted to learn more about radiology and healthcare in general,” said Thomas. “This experience has exposed me to so many different areas of healthcare, but radiology is still where I want to focus my efforts.”
Kevin’s perspective on life and patient care has changed thanks to VOLUME. He enjoyed his time at the Hospital and spending time with patients.
“Being with the patients has been life-changing. Reading a book to them and seeing how it brightens their day is very rewarding. The children here work hard everyday, but they also enjoy playing and having fun,” said Thomas.
Melissa Green will be attending the University of Oklahoma in the fall. Melissa originally wanted to major in Health and Exercise Science and become a pediatric physical therapist. VOLUME exposed Melissa to child life and she has decided to pursue another major.
“Going into this I was set on pediatric occupational therapy. VOLUME has changed everything for me. Child life is the best of both worlds for me. I get to help teach children and love them in the same process. I want to change my major to Human Growth and Development. This is a huge change for me, but a good change,” said Green.
Melissa was unsure about applying to VOLUME and working with children with special needs.
“I was nervous going into this, I had never worked or been around children with special needs. After a few days of seeing how happy they are and how hard they work has changed me forever,” said Green.
The VOLUME Summer Program is open to students enrolled in 10th through 12th grades and limited to 24 participants each year. To learn more about the program, or other ways to be involved at the Hospital click here.