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 healthcare?

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 healthcare.
  • Lead by sharing ideas and leading projects.

General applications for Fall 2023 are now closed. However, we are still recruiting for the following locations:

Updated July 17, 2023

We are recruiting for the following locations:

Port Hardy – Eagle Ridge Manor
Port Alberni – West Coast General Hospital
Tofino – Tofino General Hospital
Salt Spring Island – Lady Minto Hospital

About the Step Up Youth Program:

  • This unique program is for youth 15-18 years of age. 
    • No exceptions - Applicants must turn 15 prior to the start of the program.
  • The program runs from September – April.
  • Commitment is typically one 2-hour shift per week, after school or on weekends.
  • The volunteer role is centred on providing social engagement support to patients and residents. Additional duties vary by location. 
  • Volunteers are given the opportunity to work together on special projects, hear from a variety of guest speakers, and learn about different careers in healthcare.

How to Apply:

General applications for Fall 2023 intake are now closed, however we are still seeking volunteers for our Port Hardy, Salt Spring, Port Alberni, and Tofino locations.

Please email for a link to the application.

For all others, please check back in Spring 2024 for the Fall 2024 application.

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