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  • It’s almost time to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

    For K-Kids, Halloween means more than spooky decorations, cool costumes and ghoulish treats. It is a chance to save lives and put the fun in fundraising—for less than the cost of a bag of Halloween candy. Protect a mother and her future newborns from MNT through Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.

    Is your club ready to join the Kiwanis family to support The Eliminate Project? It’s easy to participate. Here are five simple steps to plan your project.

              1. Pick a fundraiser. Collect funds door-to-door. Dance the 

                  night away alongside vampires and werewolves. Host a
                  trunk-or-treat. Enjoy an old-fashioned pumpkin pie bake
                  off. The ideas are endless. Click the link to find a few!

              2. Set your goal. Estimate what you'll raise through your 

                  project. Then add in your expenses. This is your
                  fundraising goal.

              3. Get supplies. Do you have everything you need to host your 

                  fundraiser? Order collection boxes through the Kiwanis
                  Family Store. Consider asking for donations from local
                  businesses or even large chain stores.

              4. Promote your event. Print out Trick-or-Treat labels or make

                  your own flier or display, letting everyone know about the
                  upcoming event and how they can donate. Share the
                  information with your sponsoring Kiwanis club.

              5. Submit your donations. Send your donations to the Kiwanis

                  International Foundation, along with the Kiwanis-family giving
                  form
    . If your club submits US$250 in donations through
                  Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF by December 31, 2016, your club
                  will earn a banner patch.

    Thank you for committing to help eliminate MNT. For more information, visit TheEliminateProject.org/trickortreat, or contact campaign@theeliminateproject.org.

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  • Kiwanis Advisors: Background Checks

    On October 1, 2016, Kiwanis advisors to any sponsored Service Leadership Program (Aktion Club, Circle K, Key Club, Builders Club and K-Kids) will be required to have a clear criminal history background check conducted and verified by Kiwanis International. By offering a standard, comprehensive background check for all Kiwanis advisors through Kiwanis International, we can be confident that all Kiwanis clubs are protecting those we serve—and protecting all Kiwanis members. For more information, visit kiwanis.org/backgroundchecks2016.

    If you do not already have a background check completed through Kiwanis International, you will receive an email with instructions and a link to complete your background check. Please follow the instructions and complete the background check application in a timely manner. For more information on the cost, process or other details about the background check for Kiwanis advisors, visit kiwanis.org/backgroundchecks2016.

    Please note:

              If you are no longer serving as a Kiwanis advisor, please
              contact your Kiwanis club’s secretary and have that person
              update this information in the Kiwanis Secretary Dashboard
              of the Kiwanis Online Reporting System.

              If you do not receive an email with instructions on how to
              complete your background check by October 15
    , contact
              your Kiwanis club’s secretary and have that person update
              this information in the Kiwanis Secretary Dashboard of the
              Kiwanis Online Reporting System.

              Individuals will not be notified if the background check is
              clear.
    It will, however, be marked in the Kiwanis club
              Secretary Dashboard as clear.

              All background checks are kept confidential.

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  • Online advisor education . . . and a special sneak peek!

    Thank you for serving as a K-Kids advisor. Your involvement is crucial to members’ success. The following training courses have been developed to support your work:

    K-Kids 101: Coach. Mentor. Role Model.

    To help Kiwanis and faculty advisors better understand their role and enhance their skills, this 25-minute interactive experience explores how K-Kids works—and how the advisor fits into that picture. The training also clarifies the learning outcomes of the K-Kids program. The course is easily available through the Kiwanis Online Reporting System. After logging in, select your K-Kids club, click the Education tab on the left menu and select the “K-Kids 101” training.

    Youth Protection Guidelines training. All Kiwanis clubs are required to review the Kiwanis Youth Protection Guidelines annually. This training covers important policies and provides recommendations for keeping youth safe. This course is available to Kiwanis advisors through the Kiwanis Online Reporting System. Choose your Kiwanis club from the dropdown menu that appears after logging in. Then click on the Education tab on the left menu and selecting Youth Protection Guidelines training.

    Another course is coming soon! We’re excited to announce a new training course for Kiwanis and faculty advisors—available starting October 1, 2016. Take an in-depth look at:

              The Service Leadership Model of K-Kids.

              The characteristics members develop as a result of being involved
              in K-Kids.

              Practical techniques for advisors to help K-Kids members’
              development.

    The new course will be available on the Kiwanis Online Reporting System. Look for it on October 1st!

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  • New and improved contests!

    This year, K-Kids clubs will be able to enter new contest categories each month. To make more frequent contests easy, we’ve simplified the submission process: Clubs can submit entries online, and the voting process will promote a club’s service through social media. And if that isn't incentive enough, winning clubs will receive a $100 free shopping spree at Kiwanis.DollarDays.com

    About the judging process
    One contest will be promoted each month, and each month will feature a consistent process:

              Week 1: Entries are accepted.

              Week 2: Entries are shared through Facebook, and recipients will
              be encouraged to vote on their favorites.

              Week 3: Entries receiving the most votes will be available for
              viewing online. A group of district administrators will then vote
              for the top winner.

              Week 4: The winner is announced (details to come). That club’s
              advisor goes to the Kiwanis Dollar Days portal at Kiwanis
              MarketPlace to select and order $100 of free items.

    Tried and true contests are still part of the mix

              Annual Achievement Report (Distinguished / Honor Club)
              The Annual Achievement Report remains the same. Clubs are
              encouraged to complete the online form and submit it to
              Kiwanis International no later than April 1. A banner patch
              will be mailed to the faculty advisor the following school year.
              Winners will be posted online.

              Leadership Award
              The Kiwanis International Leadership Award submissions will still
              be emailed or mailed to the district administrator, who will then
              select the winning district entry and forward it to Lisa Pyron at
              Kiwanis International. The traditional recognition items (medallion
              and gift card) will be sent to the winners.

              Scrapbooks

              The Scrapbook Contest includes two entry options: an online
              version and a traditional, physical version. Physical scrapbooks will
              be mailed directly to Kiwanis International. If district
              administrators want to use scrapbooks during district convention,
              they can email Lisa Pyron to make arrangements.

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  • Beautify the community: a K-Kids service idea

    Let K-Kids lead the effort by designating a wall where they’ll work with fellow students and their teachers to create a mural. It’s a great way to create a lasting visual message of inclusion and acceptance.

    How the mural is made
    Each student is asked to help create the mural by drawing a self-portrait on a post-it note. Each student then adds his or her drawing to the mural.

    If club members want the mural to be even more engaging, students can be encouraged to make a second post-it note and write something they could do to make others feel welcome and included during the year. Provide examples. (For instance: I’m going to smile, I’m going to listen, I’m going to invite someone I don’t know to sit with me at lunch.)

    How to begin
    Have the club decide which wall to use for this mural. Encourage them to find a prominent wall that everyone passes each day. For example, it may be near the cafeteria or the library. Have the club officers ask permission from the school principal to use the wall for a mural made from custodian-approved materials.

    Materials
    • Butcher paper, or poster board to cover the wall. 
    • Painter’s tape to adhere the paper to the wall.
    • Post-it notes in all colors to post on the butcher paper.
    • Colorful Sharpie markers to write and draw on the post-it notes.
    • Two baskets: one for the markers and one for the post-it notes.
    • One large poster board where instructions will be displayed. 
    • One long rectangular table to display the poster while it’s being made, and to hold the baskets of markers and post-it notes. Remember to cover the table with butcher paper to protect it from the markers.

    Theme
    Will the mural have a slogan or theme? Will club members write the slogan or theme at the top with marker, or will it be spelled out with post it notes in big colorful squares? Mural themes should focus on making all people in the school feel welcome. Guide the members as they brainstorm ideas.

    How to set up
    • Adhere the butcher paper to the length of the wall with tape.
    • Display the mural theme that members have agreed to use.
    • For people posting post-it note art on the mural, write instructions on the poster board and place it near the table.
    • Cover the table with paper or poster and place the baskets with post-it notes and markers on the table.
    • Let K-Kids start the process so they can lead by example—drawing their contributions to the mural first.

    Watching the mural grow
    The club can watch as the mural begins to grow. Soon the entire wall will be filled with wonderful drawings of students and happy messages. When the mural is complete, have club members take photos and share this work of art in the school newsletter. And encourage club members to ask the principal whether they can take some time during daily announcements to share things written on the post-it notes.

    And when they do, remember: They can invite all students to participate in K-Kids service projects and even become members.

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  • Preview the 2016-17 K-Kids membership kit

    This year club members and advisors can expect to find all of the following (and more) amazing resources and materials in the membership kit:

          Member handbooks. Encourage students to refer to their handbook
          regularly during the year. By identifying personal passions and
          interests, K-Kids members will discover how they are connected to
          their club, school, community and the world. It’s also a handy tool
          for sharing information with parents. 

          Member cards, certificates and buttons. Ensure members receive
          one of each so they can show their K-Kids pride. Club officers can
          designate a day each week (preferably the club meeting day) for
          members to wear their buttons at school. 

          Bulletin board decor. Encourage members to display their K-Kids
          club pride and educate others about their service by using these
          bulletin board decorations.

          Pledge and calendar poster. Help the club stay on track
          throughout the school year by hanging the poster in the
          club meeting room—and make sure members keep it
          updated! 

          Table tents. Club officers can use these during club meetings. To
          keep the items in good shape, consider laminating them, or collect
          them after every meeting. Additional table tents are available for
          download. (For officers: kkids.org/tabletentsofficers. For other
          members: kkids.org/tabletents.)

          Happy stickers. Members can use these stickers to increase
          happiness in the school and community. Members simply give
          stickers to peers they want to make happy. 

          Advisor guide. Created for both the faculty advisor and the Kiwanis
          advisor, this guide is filled with information and tips for supporting
          a K-Kids club. You can also download a digital copy or
          purchase additional printed copies in the meeting items/literature
          section. 

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  • Member kits to arrive in September!

    To better serve our K-Kids, the 2016–17 membership kits will be mailed to all active clubs in September. To help ensure that the youth club receives its kit with enough materials, reach out to the sponsoring Kiwanis club secretary and have them complete the following steps by August 31:


    1. Round up info. The sponsoring Kiwanis club secretary needs to get
        the number of K-Kids/Builders Club members for the 2016–17 year
        and the address to which the kit should be mailed.

    2. (Kiwanis club secretary) Log into KiwanisOne at
        reporting.kiwanisone.org. On the secretary dashboard, under
        Sponsorships, select the “pencil” icon located next to each K-Kids
        club that your club sponsors.

    3. Update the club info. Confirm or update the membership count. 

    4. Update the mailing address. Verify or update the mailing address
        to which the membership kit should be shipped. 

    The sponsoring Kiwanis club will be asked to pay the renewal fee for the K-Kids club in October. The invoice for the club will appear under the Finance tab at the top of the Secretary dashboard at the beginning of the Kiwanis fiscal year. 

    Membership kits include membership pins, cards, advisor guides and much more! Please coordinate with the sponsoring Kiwanis club secretary to complete these steps by August 31 so the K-Kids club has resources to start their year of fun, fellowship and service!

    Important notes:
          If the faculty advisor information needs to be updated, send a
          detailed email to memberservices@kiwanis.org. If the Kiwanis
          advisor information needs to be updated, make this change on
          the front page of the Secretary dashboard under Sponsorships.

          If a K-Kids club will not be active in 2016–17, email
          memberservices@kiwanis.org at your earliest
          convenience so that a membership kit is not mailed in
          September.

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  • How contests can win your club a $100 shopping spree

    This year, the K-Kids contests are getting bigger and better...and easier. 

    Check out some of our new twists on a popular program:

          Monthly contests. Now there are lots of ways to win.
          New categories. So you choose the ones you like best.
          Online entry. Taking part just got easier!
          Free promotion. With our new voting process, you can promote
          your club’s service through social media—so everyone can see
          how incredible you are!

    Contest winners receive a Kiwanis MarketPlace shopping spree worth up to $100. Visit kiwanis.dollardays.com to see all the amazing products.

    How do I learn more?

          Visit kkids.org/contests.
          Watch for contest announcements here in the monthly K-Kids
          e-newsletter.
          Follow the K-Kids Facebook page to see announcements.

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  • Gearing up for the 2016–17 club year

    Each K-Kids club sponsored by a Kiwanis club should have two advisors: a Kiwanis advisor and a faculty advisor. The Kiwanis advisor supports club members and the faculty advisor in all their endeavors and serves as the liaison between the sponsoring Kiwanis club, the faculty advisor, and the school administrators. The faculty advisor works closely with the club, is familiar with the school’s (or community organization’s) procedures, and acts as a liaison between the youth club, the Kiwanis club and school (or organization) administrators. (See pages 6–7 of the K-Kids advisor guide for more information on advisor roles and responsibilities.)

    The roles may be slightly different, but they both matter. And each works best when the people who fill those roles work together. So get the year off to a smooth start: Meet with your fellow advisor. Review club bylaws, the entire advisor guide (including the Permission to Participate Form and Photograph Release Consent Form), the Kiwanis Youth Protection guidelines, and your club calendar, budget, and member recruitment plan.

    Once you are both on the same page, schedule a meeting with the school principal (if applicable) to go over plans and goals for the year. This will help tremendously when considering potential member contests, service projects, parent engagement ideas, fundraising activities and awareness-building events. Most of all, it will help to strengthen the bond between your club and the school.

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  • Developing student voice through service

    “Student voice” happens when school leaders both believe students’ voice matters and they actively listen. This allows students to become co-leaders. In fact, one study shows the impact when students believe they have a voice in decision-making at school.* For instance, they are four times more likely to:

          Believe teachers respect students
          Think teachers enjoy working with students
          Agree that teachers help them learn from their mistakes
          Feel teachers encourage students to make decisions

    This is where K-Kids comes in. When students are viewed as valued partners, they join administrators and staff in school leadership—taking it in a direction that benefits everyone.

    K-Kids journal activity
    K-Kids members are on an exciting journey. Help them get the most out of the club experience by encouraging reflection and asking them to document what they learn. With these first few pages of the K-Kids journal workbook, members can discover what they are passionate about, understand why they want to make a difference, and envision who they will be in the future.

    Be sure to follow K-Kids on Facebook to receive new worksheet pages each month until May 2017.

    *Source: Russell Quaglia and Michael Corso’s Student voice: the instrument of change

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