Get Experience, Earn Credit and Give Back as a Volunteer
High school volunteers like you play an important role in helping the families Children’s Mercy serves have a positive experience.
From helping families find where they are going to entertaining kids in the waiting room, you’ll make a BIG difference in any role you take on. And, you’ll earn credit for volunteering!
As a high school student volunteer, you can’t shadow the medical staff or watch procedures, but you will get experience in a hospital setting and make a difference for kids and families when they need it most.
Explore Volunteer Opportunities for High School Students
High school student volunteers support the Children’s Mercy staff, as well as help make the experience here a positive one for patients, families and visitors.
Each opportunity uniquely supports our mission to transform the lives of kids cared for at Children’s Mercy.
Guest Services & Hospitality
Help make every visitor feel welcome and ensure they feel comfortable from the moment they walk in the door and throughout their time at the hospital.
Engage patients and their families in fun activities to help pass time in the waiting room area.
High School Student Volunteer Requirements
Please read the following requirements carefully and ensure you meet all of them before submitting your application. This process is in place to provide a safe, positive experience for our patients and their families, and for you as a volunteer.
- Age: You are at least 15 years old by the start of the volunteer session for which you are applying.
- Time Commitment: You can work a three-hour shift in a specific role each week. For summer sessions, volunteers are asked to commit to 30 hours of service. During school sessions, volunteers are asked to commit to 100 hours of service.
- Health & Background Clearance: The health and safety of our patients and their families is paramount, so you’ll be required to pass a background check and complete a health form.
- Performance Standards: You are prepared to abide by all hospital policies, including all patient confidentiality rules and customer service expectations.
How to Become a Volunteer
When you’re ready to join our team of dedicated high school student volunteers, here are the steps you’ll take:
Fill Out an Application
You’ll provide basic contact information and tell us why you’re interested in becoming a hospital volunteer during your high school years!
Send in Your Health Form
A health form that details your immunization records will need to be completed by your healthcare provider and submitted to Volunteer Services.
Attend an Online Info Session & Interview
Learn about volunteering at Children’s Mercy and explore which role would be best suited for you.
Get Your Background Check
The final step is to make sure your background check is clear.
Have Questions About Being a High School Student Volunteer?
Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about becoming a volunteer at Children’s Mercy.