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Youth Volunteers

Voluntary Service considers our youth volunteers an integral part of the overall Volunteer Program. Youth between the ages of 14 to 18, and who are currently in high school are encouraged to join the program.  In return, they will receive valuable experience and training, which will be of benefit in applying for scholarships or employment.


Students Volunteering for Veterans

 Serving – our Nation’s heroes.
• Enriching – personal and professional growth.
• Rewarding – opportunities to make a difference in your life and the lives of others.
• Volunteering – to give back to Veterans who have given so much.
• Expanding - horizons with new experiences that will improve your resume while enhancing your life.

SERVE- Students Volunteering for Veterans is the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) youth volunteer program designed to enhance the volunteer experience for our community’s youth, VA staff and most importantly, SAVAHCS Veteran patients.  This program is open to youth applicants ages 14-18. The 2016 SERVE application packages will be available in the Volunteer Office, Bldg. 58 after January 4, 2016. The SERVE Program is an eight week program, based on the area schools’ calendars and summer breaks.

The SAVAHCS SERVE Program is an opportunity for selected students to gain valuable work and life experience while serving our Nation’s Veterans. There will be a limited number of youth placements available.

The SERVE Program application package will include an essay and written recommendations.  Top applicants will be invited for an interview.  Selected students and their parent/guardian will be required to attend one of two orientations offered.  Students must be available a minimum of six weeks to be eligible to participate. Students will be expected to adhere to program performance and attendance expectations.

Contact Voluntary Service at (520) 629-1822 to obtain a SERVE application.

Why should I volunteer?

In addition to the self-satisfaction of giving back to those who gave so much, there are many advantages to becoming a youth volunteer. Youth volunteers can begin developing a network of positive references for job and college applications. Several scholarships and grants available for students who volunteer. For information on the James H. Park Scholarship and the Disabled American Veteran (DAV) Scholarship please click on the following links:*   *

For information on additional scholarship opportunities, you may contact the Voluntary Service office at (520) 629-1822.

Youth volunteers can begin developing a network of positive references for job and college applications.


There is no better way to answer the question – “Why volunteer at a VA Hospital,” than to hear from other youth volunteers. 

  • “I have learned a lot about the different types of medical conditions, cures, medicine and treatment, and the differences someone’s bedside manner can make in a patient’s recovery.”
  • “It is very cool that I’m here helping take care of patients that helped our nation become a strong, free, and powerful country.”
  • “It is so nice to see the smiles because you are there to talk with them, play games like dominoes, cards, checkers, etc.”
  • “I have met a lot of interesting patients and made many new friends. I have had a lot of fun and hope to participate again next summer.”
  • “I enjoy being with the elderly. I like to help the patients that cannot hold their fork, spoon, or cup. To me, it’s a gift to help them. It is wonderful to serve the veterans as they did the same for us.”

Youth volunteers are a ray of sunshine to our sick and disabled Veteran patients. For questions on how to become a SAVAHCS Volunteer, please contact our Voluntary Service at (520) 629-1822.  Check out our SERVE Flyer 

Our Nation’s Veterans need you!