This is the core of the program – companioning with teens in the hospital. A visitation team goes into the teen rooms every afternoon, with an offer to provide movies, play a game of cards, talk, make a ShandsSpace, give Mom & Dad a coffee/food break, hear their story and build a relationship with a teenage patient. Visitation shifts occur Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons 3:00 – 6:00 PM, and Friday afternoon 1:00 – 4:00 PM.
Teen Lounge shift happens every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night (5:30 – 8:45 PM). There is no structured “one-thing” happening. There is often a heated game of UNO, as well as beading and crafts. There is a a pool table, and a Nintendo Switch and XboxOne. Yes, relationships are formed, but diversion is the key element. The therapy here is about forgetting the hospital for an hour or so. It is also about getting them to meet other teens who also are struggling with different and similar things.
Focused interest just seems to happen as you are working with Streetlight. You start to have a soft heart for one area or another, or you see a need and have an idea. And we welcome ideas!!! But focus groups do not work as well if you do not have that weekly relationship with your teens through shift work. To learn more about our project teams, go to Specialized Support.
Streetlight Gaming and Online (GO) Team
Volunteers also have the opportunity to be further involved by participating in our Discord server. All volunteers are onboarded to the “Streetlight Online” server hosted on the Discord platform where they are encouraged to message in chat channels and join voice channels to connect with patients virtually. Some volunteers become further involved with Discord and participate in Streetlight GO Team to promote and organize cool events that engage our patient community whether they are at Shands or at home. To find out more, check out Streetlight Gaming and Online (GO) Team.