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Young Friends is an introductory volunteer experience for children ages 5 to 14 or in kindergarten to eighth grade. Young Friends have the opportunity to learn about Children’s while making a difference in the lives of others. Each session will feature a short educational presentation about philanthropy and ways to support Children’s, as well as a themed activity.

Note: There is no patient interaction due to the hospital’s infection control policy.

2021 Program Dates
May 11 – Registration for our virtual Young Friends program on May 11 is now closed. Please contact Gabbi Markle for more information, or with any questions. 
Sept 21 – Registration opens online on Aug 30 and will close when maximum capacity is reached or Sept 13.

The MedKids program is an educational exploration into pediatric healthcare professions for students currently enrolled in kindergarten to eighth grade.

Students in kindergarten to fifth grade are invited to participate in Teddy Bear Clinics. Students will be asked to bring along their favorite stuffed animal for a “checkup” and will assist our clinicians with examining and diagnosing their “patient.”

Students in sixth to eighth grade are invited to participate in Healthcare Heroes. These participants will receive a medical therapy doll and work with hospital staff to prep their “patient” for transplants, IVs, casting, etc.

Interested students may only apply to and participate in one session at one campus, one time. Each session is available on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 30 participants who complete and submit the online registration form.

Note: There is no patient interaction due to the hospital’s infection control policy.

The MedKids 2021 program has been cancelled. Please check back later in the year for information regarding summer 2022. 

For more information about MedKids at Egleston and Scottish Rite, please contact Gabbi Markle.

Children’s welcomes and appreciates support from our scouting community. Whether it’s donating to one of our three hospitals or participating in one of our existing programs, Scouts have the opportunity to learn more about Children’s and make a difference in the lives of others. See below for ways your troop can get involved.

  • For individual service projects (e.g., Gold/Silver/Bronze Awards and Eagle Scout Projects): Reach out to Gabbi Markle for information about project coordination and approval.
  • For troop projects and opportunities: Reach out to Gabbi Markle for information about project coordination and approval.
  • For individual opportunities: You may participate in one of our existing programs, such as Young Friends or MedKids.

We know that our patients and their families can bring unique insights to the care we provide. Children’s is tapping into this resource with its Youth Advisory Council (YAC), a collaborative venture with patients, their siblings and children of Children's employees that gives them a formal opportunity to help us enhance our caregiving efforts.