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Sometimes children just need encouragement
A nudge in the right direction. Someone to inspire them to reach their full potential. That’s what Bring Up Grades is all about!
Bring Up Grades focuses on rewarding academic improvement. The program teaches students to establish a specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, timely (SMART) goal, stay on task, deal with mistakes, and move forward. With each accomplishment and each failure participants learn important life lessons.
A Kiwanis club, made up of service-minded members of the community, sponsors the Bring Up Grades program at the school providing programming, volunteer support and funding.
Founded in 1915, Kiwanis International is a global organization of clubs and members dedicated to serving the children of the world and developing youth leaders. Kiwanis and its family of clubs, including Circle K International for university students, Key Club for students age 14-18, Builders Club for students age 11-14, Kiwanis Kids for students age 6-12 and Aktion Club for adults living with disabilities, dedicate annually more than 18 million service hours to strengthen communities and serve children. The Kiwanis International family comprises nearly 600,000 adult and youth members in 80 countries and geographic areas.
How does the program benefit the students?
- Students learn how to set goals. Students who participate in Bring Up Grades set their own academic goals and work to achieve them. They’re active participants, so they’re engaged and motivated.
- Students learn perseverance. When confronted with failure, kids who take part in Bring Up Grades reflect, adjust and try again. Students learn from failure. They learn to persevere.
- Students connect with mentors. Children interact with adults who display good character. They improve study habits and learn lessons about life. Learn more about mentoring through Bring Up Grades.
- Students learn about and practice peer mentoring. Students give back to other kids through peer mentoring. They discover their classmates’ strengths and go to each other for help, which builds skills and self-confidence.
- Students build character and develop leadership skills. They attain important life skills known as developmental assets that help them make smart choices. According to the Search Institute, an organization focused on helping youth succeed, the more developmental assets students attain, the less likely they are to participate in risky behavior and the more likely they are to succeed.
Help your child succeed
There are things you can do as a parent to help your child be more successful while participating in Bring Up Grades. Check out parent tips for supporting your Bring Up Grades participant.
Start a Bring Up Grades program in your school today.
Find a Kiwanis club in your area.