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Find: a site and sponsor.
Lead: Kiwanis-family members in organizing a program.
Serve: program participants through empowering and mentoring.
A site and sponsor
The first step to organizing a Bring Up Grades program is finding a site where the program is needed. Possible sites include elementary schools, Boys and Girls Clubs or youth centers that provide after-school programming.
A Kiwanis-family club sponsors the Bring Up Grades program by providing financial support and hands-on guidance. It takes two lead people to initiate the program: a contact person from your site and an advisor from your local Kiwanis club.
These resources will help you get started.
Sponsoring a Service Leadership Program
Find a Kiwanis club sponsor
Kiwanis club locator
Frequently asked questions
Gather materials to introduce the program to the principal/site coordinator and participating faculty/staff.
Bring Up Grades flier
Letter to principal from Kiwanis club
Letter to principal from Key Club
Letter to principal from Circle K club
Order the Bring Up Grades program kit from the Kiwanis Family Store.
Items in the program kit
Purchase a program kit
Establish a program budget Knowing your anticipated financial needs will be helpful when soliciting assistance from a local business sponsor.
Find a business sponsor
Decorate the school/site
The Bring Up Grades program kit includes a banner, posters and bulletin board decor. Take time to display these materials in prominent areas of the building. Need more materials? Order more.
Bring Up Grades materials
Make time to educate participants, adult volunteers and parents.
Educate participants and adult volunteers
Tips for trainers
Participant educational PowerPoint
Send a Bring Up Grades flier home with each participant.
Invite parents to an informational meeting
Parent education PowerPoint presentation
Order Kiwanis Kids brochures. View the Kiwanis Kids brochure.
The Bring Up Grades program provides students with important life skills known as developmental assets. The more developmental assets a child attains the better he or she does in dealing with life’s challenges. Kiwanis-family volunteers can help participants gain these skills by mentoring and tutoring students.
Through the Bring Up Grades program, you have an opportunity to assist youth with improving reading and study skills. Learn more about how to mentor effectively and learn how mentoring impacts youth.
How to mentor
Kiwanis Read Around the World program
Positive impact of mentors
Consider establishing a tutoring program to assist youth struggling in specific subject areas. This is a chance to involve Kiwanis members, Key Club (high school) and Circle K (college) members.
Organizing a tutoring program
Follow the Participant Education PowerPoint to identify academic strengths and weaknesses of students and create study groups. Peer mentoring teaches participants how to be servant leaders.
What is a servant leader
Organizing peer mentors
Things you need to know
Working with youth
Risk management and liability