(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) Working in partnership with PG&E and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Sacramento, the Northern California Shriners Hospital provided volunteer opportunities for seven youths living in Sacramento’s urban core this summer. The youth volunteers began their placements on June 23 and spent six weeks assisting with daily tasks at Shriners, learning the basics of job skills and gaining work experience.
The seven Shriners Hospital PG&E interns were among 55 Sacramento youth selected to participate in the program. Each spent 20 hours a week volunteering at the hospital during the six-week term. They sharpened their job skills in many different hospital departments, including development, clinical lab, finance, the referral center and nutritional services. The experienced allowed the summer interns to work with professionals in each department and gain knowledge of the skills needed for success in the healthcare arena. The interns were able to ask questions and develop an understanding of the needed skill sets and attributes to become successful professionals in the future.
PG&E partners with the Boys and Girls Club to recruit youth for the program, which is designed to provide youth with intensive pre-employment training and exposure to the workplace In addition to the volunteer placements, the youth interns participated in workshops where they learned how to complete a job application, write a cover letter and prepare a resume.
Shriners Hospitals for Children is devoted to transforming the lives of children through excellence in treatment, teaching and research. Located at 2425 Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California provides care to children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip, scars from any cause and other complex surgical needs. There are no barriers to care as admission is based on age and diagnosis. Care is provided regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For further information call 916-453-2000 or go online to www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.