Teen Advisory Council

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Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin cares for patients of all ages, from infants to young adults. As adolescence can be a critical developmental phase for children, we offer a number of age-specific resources and programs for this population to ensure the care we provide meets their unique needs. Teen Advisory Council (TAC) is one of the programs that exist to help advocate for hospitalized teens and allow for their voices to be heard.

The purpose of TAC is to give teen patients, teen siblings of patients and teen volunteers a forum to share their thoughts, ideas and concerns regarding the programming, policies, environment and overall care that directly impacts the teen population here at Children’s Hospital.

Who are Teen Advisory Council (TAC) members?

  • Members must be between the ages of 16 and 21 years
  • Current or former patients of Children’s Hospital
  • A brother or sister of a current or former patient of Children’s Hospital
  • A Children’s Hospital volunteer

How do TAC members get started?

Interested applicants should review the current TAC Standards and Contract Agreement (PDF) and submit a TAC Interest Form. The TAC Coordinators will review submitted interest forms and contact applicants to schedule an interview and determine membership status.

What other requirements should TAC members consider?

In order to protect the health, safety and confidentiality of patients, family and staff that TAC members will encounter, they must meet all Volunteer Services requirements:

  • A signed and completed Background Information Disclosure form is required for all applicants ages 18 and older.
  • All application pages and statements must be completed and signed.
  • The Reference Form attached to the application must be completed and signed by an employer, coworker, teacher or coach. References from friends and relatives are not acceptable. We prefer a referral from one of your doctors or nurses, if you are or have been a patient within the last year.
  • The Volunteer Health Assessment form must be completed and official immunization records outlined on the form must be returned with the application.
  • Completion of the Volunteer Services Orientation
  • Completion of a two step TB test

Note: All requirement forms mentioned above can be found in the Children's Volunteer Services application. This application should not be completed until an interview has been conducted and membership status is determined.

Frequently asked questions

Is there an application deadline?

We accept new members through January of each season.

How often does TAC meet?

TAC members hold scheduled meetings the second Thursday of the month from September to June to discuss “hot topics” as well as help plan events such as the annual Children's Hospital Patient Prom and parties. Additional time may be required for special events and projects.

What has TAC accomplished?

  • Helped design the Teen Lounge at Children's Hospital
  • Developed a video teaching second-year medical students how to best talk with teens in a clinical setting
  • Planned and participated in six annual prom events for teen patients who were hospitalized or missed their own due to hospitalization
  • Participated in annual fundraising events such as Extra Life Event

Can I still be a member if I go away to college?

Yes! As long as you meet the age requirement, maintain an active volunteer status and attend the monthly meetings, you can be a member.

Do I have to attend every meeting?

Yes, it should be every member’s goal to be present for all meetings. Should transportation be an issue, members should talk to the coordinators about alternative options. Meetings may be cancelled due to inclement weather.

How do I access the Volunteer Services application after interviewing with the TAC coordinators?

We’ve got you covered! Click here to apply. The Volunteer Services Coordinator will contact you soon after reviewing your application to schedule an orientation.