Summer Youth Academy

*Due to continued precautions surrounding the COVID-19 virus, Shriners Hospitals for Children will not be conducting the Summer Youth Academy 2021. Our primary concern is the health and safety of our patients, staff and volunteers. We are hopeful we can resume the SYA program in 2022. Thank you for your understanding

The Summer Youth Academy at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California is available for students 16 and 17 years old.  The Academy runs from June 21 through July 30 with participants working an average of two 4-hour shifts a week.  While participating in the program, students are placed in a variety of departments within the hospital to assist staff. Click here for more information on the program.

Applications are ONLY accepted February 15 until noon on April 1. If you would like to apply for the program, please complete the volunteer 2021 Summer Youth Application.

We hope to offer the Summer Youth Academy in 2021. However, as the world-wide Covid-19 pandemic progresses there may be changes. Please check back here regularly to see updated information.

Steps to apply for our Summer Youth Academy

  1. Complete the Application;
  2. Complete your essay; and
  3. Type or cut/paste your COMPLETED essay into the Essay field on your Application, or use Copy/Paste. The system will automatically notify us that your essay has been added to your Application.


Deadline: April 1 at Noon

Selected applicants will be invited to participate in an interview process and finalists will be selected from that group. We look forward to receiving your application!  If you have any questions, please contact Volunteer Services at (916) 453.2087.

Group picture from the 2019 Summer Youth Academy

A kid holding  supplies

A student working with a man on a project

A kid conducting an experiment