Hospital Honors Summer Youth Academy

The 2016 graduates of our Summer Youth Academy stood as a reminder of a bright future as Shriners Hospitals for Children ─ Northern California honored the contributions of an outstanding group of volunteers. Twenty high school students came from near and far to spend six weeks immersed in departments throughout our Shriners Hospital. Research, therapy, orthotics and prosthetics, pharmacy and hospital administration were among the many areas benefiting from an infusion of youthful enthusiasm.

With a limited number of spots in the Academy, the selection process is competitive.  Academy applicants must submit a written essay and commit to a minimum of 8 hours a week for 6 weeks.   Finalists participate in a panel interview to complete the placement process.  In addition to their volunteer placement, all Youth Academy participants attended two lectures by Shriners Hospital staff.  Kyria Petuskey, a kinesiologist, led an in-depth discussion of the Motion Analysis Lab, and Janice Conroy, R.N., gave a nuts-and-bolts overview of her role as lead nurse for the hospital’s pediatric hand program and showed students the different surgical instruments used by our orthopaedic surgeons.


Parents, grandparents and friends joined hospital staff in celebrating the contributions of the select group. Lillian Nelson, volunteer services manager, and Meredith Holkeboer, pet therapy coordinator, organized the celebration.  “This was an amazing group of students who came to learn, observe and help,” said Lillian. “We are grateful for their contributions, and inspired by their desire to make a difference.”

Shriners Hospitals for Children is devoted to transforming the lives of children through excellence in treatment, teaching and research.  Located at 2425 Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California provides care to children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip, scars from any cause and other complex surgical needs. There are no barriers to care as admission is based on age and diagnosis.   Care is provided regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For further information call (916) 453-2000 or go online to

Media Contact:  Catherine Curran | Public Relations (916) 453-2218 |

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