Step Up Youth Program

Are you interested in an exciting and challenging volunteer role?

Are you in high school looking for experience toward a career in health care?

Island Health's Step Up Youth Program is for you!

This unique program offers high school students aged 15 - 18 an opportunity to Step Up and:

  • Practice Island Health's C.A.R.E. values (Courage, Aspire, Respect, and Empathy)
  • Learn about clinical and non-clinical careers in health care
  • Lead by sharing ideas and leading projects.


Updated October 2022

We are pleased to announce that we have launched our popular Step Up Youth Program for the 2022-2023 school year!

Intake for the 2022-23 for the following location is still open:

Intake for the 2022-23 for the following locations is closed:

  • Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria
  • The Summit (Long-Term Care), Victoria
  • Saanich Peninsula Hospital, Saanichton
  • Lady Minto Hospital, Salt Spring Island
  • Cowichan District Hospital, Duncan
  • Nanaimo Regional General Hospital / Dufferin (Long-Term Care), Nanaimo
  • West Coast General Hospital, Port Alberni

About the Step Up Youth Program:

  • This unique program is for youth 15-18 years of age. 
    • No exceptions currently for those younger than 15. Applicants must turn 15 prior to the start of the program.
  • Commitment is generally one 2-hour shift once a week, after school, for the duration of the school year (September to April).
  • Volunteer duties will vary based on location and each facility’s needs.

How to Apply:

The next intake for the Step Up Youth Program will be in Spring 2023 for a Fall 2023 program start.

Please check back on this page in Spring 2023 to complete an application.

The Volunteer Resources & Engagement team 

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