For Teens
What to Expect

When will I see Streetlight?

Streetlight is a program designed especially for you – a teen or young adult who spends some time in the hospital and away from school, friends, and life because of a serious health problem.

Ultimately, we’re here for you as much or as little as you want. We know the hospital can get boring– and we want to help in whatever way we can.

On your first admission you will be introduced to our program by one of our Streetlight volunteers. They will provide you with one of our brochures and contact information. If you are able to leave your hospital room, one of our volunteers will invite you to join us in the evening for our Teen Lounge. No worries if you can’t leave your room, we can hangout in your room during lounge time. Our hours for are room visits Monday-Thursday from 4:00PM-6:00PM,  Teen Lounge shifts Monday-Thursday 6:30-8:30pm, and Friday afternoon from 2:00PM-4:00PM.

What does Streetlight offer?

  • Room visits – volunteers around your age can hang out, talk, and play games.
  • Teen Lounge with pool, music, computers, and board games (closed until further notice due to COVID-19 restrictions)
  • AboutMe – be interviewed and create a collage of your personal identity!
  • Streetlight Online – join the Streetlight Discord server to participate in our virtual community!
  • To request any of these, call 50917 from the hospital phone or 352.273.9596

Streetlight GO (Gaming and Online) Team

Streetlight Gaming League

The Streetlight Gaming and Online Team (formerly the Streetlight Gaming League) is a community for people who are going through similar situations to have a way to meet and have fun together virtually through shared interests, online gaming. Streetlight patients now have the opportunity to join the during their hospital admission as a way to play and connect with other Streetlight patients and volunteers. 

Whether you’re stuck at Shands or back at home, it’s a great way to connect with other people going through similar stuff and keep connected with people you meet in the hospital. We are always putting on fun events to get involved in, so be on the look out for new ways to engage! 

If you’d like to learn more, check out the league page.

Or contact Anna Swygert, Streetlight Assistant Director, at 352-273-9596, or via e-mail at annaswyert@peds.ufl.edu . 

Who are the Streetlight Volunteers?

Medicine can do a lot, but there are some issues that medicine does not cover. The way we see it, sometimes a friend can be the most powerful source of support. The Streetlight team is made up of 65 college-aged volunteers that focus on building friendships through peer companionship. Dealing with a serious medical condition is a difficult journey, but you don’t need to go it alone. Our team members are selected for their personal experiences that may relate to your journey in the hospital. For example, we have Streetlight volunteers that are cancer survivors, some are living with sickle cell, or lupus.