Volunteer opportunities
Volunteering in health-related settings is extremely important in being recognized as a competitive applicant for health professions programs such as medical, dental school, nursing programs, allied health, etc.  It is hard to convince an admissions committee that you are serious about a career in the health care field if you have not volunteered your time on a regular basis. 
 
Here is a list of hospitals and other community organizations looking for youth volunteers. 
 
St. Joseph Medical Center
https://www.stjosephkc.com/About-Us/Volunteers/Volunteer-Application.aspx
St. Mary’s Medical Center (Blue Springs)
http://www.stmaryskc.com/About-Us/Volunteers/Volunteer-Opportunities.aspx
Children’s Mercy Hospital
https://www.childrensmercy.org/ways-to-give/volunteer-at-the-hospital/high-school-student-volunteer/
Centerpoint Medical Center (Independence)
https://hcamidwest.com/locations/centerpoint-medical-center/about/volunteer.dot
Lee’s Summit Medical Center 
https://leessummitmedicalcenter.com/about/volunteer.dot
North Kansas City Hospital
https://www.nkch.org/community/volunteer-info/student-volunteer-form/
Research Medical Center 
https://researchmedicalcenter.com/about/volunteer.dot
Western Missouri Medical Center (Warrensburg, Missouri)
https://wmmc.com/volunteer/
Saint Luke’s Hospital System
https://www.saintlukeskc.org/volunteer
University Health (formerly Truman Medical Center)
https://www.universityhealthkc.org/about-us/volunteer-opportunities/
Belton Regional Medical Center (Belton, Missouri)
https://hcamidwest.com/locations/belton-regional-medical-center/about/volunteer.dot
Job Shadowing Programs 
 
Children's Mercy Hospital Nursing Shadow program
Summer Scholar Program
College and High School Student Observations
Cass Regional Medical Center Job Shadowing (Harrisonville, Missouri)
https://www.cassregional.org/careers/job-shadowing/