Society for Healthcare
We do not have a teen volunteer of the year. My personal pref. is to celebrate them individually for tasks or actions they do over or beyond - just something little.
We have teen volunteers year round, but do have 4-5x as many over the summer months. Teens schedules allow for varried times in the summer therefore more opportunities for placements.
I have teens year round. In May we do a Sr. Honors banquet to recognize our TAVs who are graduating. We give certificates to the Srs., scholarships awards, and TAV of the Year. Our TAV of the Year is a Sr. who the other TAVs feel has been an excellent example of a TAV. The TAV has to be in good standing in order to win. Believe it or not, the TAVs do a really good job in selecting the winner and it has not been a popularity contest.
Our local hospitals get together and host the "Mayors Outstanding Hospital Teen Volunteer" awards. Each hospital chooses an outstanding teen from the summer programs. The mayor writes a proclamation and usually comes to help present the awards. Each teen receives a copy of the proclamation and gift card to the local mall.
I don't know how the other hospitals choose their outstanding teen. As for my hospitals, I and my staff person usually have no problem determining who to give it to...there is usually one that just stands out above the rest.
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