Volunteer experience offers individuals with disabilities the chance to explore potential career choices, learn about workplace expectations and build marketable skills. This component of the program is known as PAVE (Providing Accessible Volunteer Experience). Volunteer opportunities include:
Greeting and escorting visitors
Interacting with children waiting for medical appointments
Providing office support
Distributing supplies and donated items
Transition from school to work
Student interns with disabilities from two Kansas City area school districts come to the hospital throughout the school year to gain work experience. School district staff staff members are available to assist hospital departments with training students. Children's Mercy is a host site for Project SEARCH, an intensive year-long program for high school students with disabilities. Students participate in classroom activities and internship rotations in three different hospital departments.
Project RISE assists current and former Children's Mercy patients preparing for transition to adulthood with employment-related resources, including connecting patients with community agencies that provide support for college, vocational training or a job search. Teen patients with disabilities or chronic health conditions may receive assistance with preparation of a resume, interview practice and the skills needed to complete a job application. This may be done one on one or within a group setting in our Career Academy classes, offered quarterly. History of care at Children's Mercy is not required to attend Career Academy classes.
Benefits for employers
Learn more about the benefits of hiring workers with disabilities.