High School Student Volunteer

High school student volunteers provide support for Guest Services

High School Student Volunteer Program

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Children's Mercy! Our student volunteer roles are highly competitive and registration can close within weeks of opening. We are no longer accepting new applications for Summer 2018. We will open registration for the 2018-2019 academic year session in May.  

Get Experience 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 serv role

Guest Services & Hospitality Roles

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.

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Outpatient Roles

Engage patients and their families in fun activities to help pass time in the waiting room areas throughout the hospital.

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 16 years old by the start of the volunteer session for which you are applying.
  • Time Commitment: You can volunteer in a three-hour shift in a specific role each week. For summer sessions, volunteers are asked to commit to 30 hours of service. During academic year sessions, volunteers are asked to commit to 50 or 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, complete a health form and maintain current vaccinations.
  • 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:

Step 1

Submit Your Health Form

New volunteers must complete the health and consent form. A completed health form and a copy of your immunization records must be completed and submitted via email to volunteer@cmh.edu. Current and returning student volunteers may skip this step. 

Step 2

Fill Out an Application

Once we receive your health form, we will send you a link to complete an online application. 

Step 3

Complete Orientation at Children's Mercy

Learn about volunteering at Children’s Mercy and explore which role would be best suited for you. During orientation, you will complete online training, a background check and lab draws. 

Step 4


Give back and help patients and their families as a Children's Mercy volunteer.

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.

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