How the Kiwanis Club Works

Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs

In addition to its adult programs, Kiwanis has seven membership programs for children of all ages: Circle K International, Key Club, Key Leader, Builders Club, K-Kids, Terrific Kids and BUG.

Circle K International (CKI) is the college-age version of Kiwanis. On more than 550 college campuses throughout the world, students carry out service projects based Kiwanis' mission to save the world one child at a time [source: Kiwanis International].

Key Club is the oldest and largest service program for high school students in the world. With 245,000 members in 24 countries, Key Club high school students work on projects to eliminate AIDS in Africa and reduce premature birth as well as advocate for the rights of children in their communities [source: Kiwanis International].

Key Leader is a program of workshops for high school students involved in leadership. During the seminars, students receive adult mentoring and participate in presentations on how to motivate others and set a good example.

Several of the programs focus on younger kids. Builders Club comprises nearly 40,000 middle school students in 18 countries. Builders Club members carry out service projects in their communities like hosting recycling drives and cleaning up parks [source: Kiwanis International]. K-Kids is a club for elementary students that teaches them the value of helping others through working on community service projects. Terrific Kids is a student recognition program in which elementary students work with their teachers to establish goals to improve behavior, peer relationships, attendance or schoolwork. Bring Up Grades (BUG) is a program designed to recognize elementary students who raise their grades to an acceptable range and maintain or continue to raise them.

Kiwanis has leadership and service actives for interested people of virtually any age. For more on Kiwanis International, see the links on the following page.

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