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  • Developing the next generation of service leaders

    Self-identify passion

    When K-Kids students discover their heart to serve, they recognize serving others as a new, exciting way of life. Help members find their passion to serve by using an excerpt from this year’s K-Kids member handbook. Self-identifying what members care about most allows them to think of ways to improve their school, community and the world. Once all members complete the worksheet individually, share the results as a group to brainstorm club service project ideas. 

    For example, if you find your club is passionate about animals, get creative about service projects that allow club members to be involved with or directly impact animals: Create no-sew fleece blankets for animal shelters, raise awareness about animal extinction or work with a local organization. 

    After your brainstorming session is over, share your outcome! Contact Kelly Wallace for a chance to be featured internationally and show other K-Kids clubs around the world ways to be successful. Be sure to include details of the activity experience, photos of it in action and personal quotes from members.

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  • Support Days for Girls in honor of International Day of Rural Women

    Every girl in the world deserves education, safety and dignity. Days for Girls helps girls gain access to quality, sustainable feminine hygiene. The organization does this through direct distribution of sustainable feminine hygiene kits by partnering with nonprofits, groups and organizations; raising awareness of the issue, and by helping communities around the world start their own programs. Get involved and support International Day of Rural Women by making kits, donating kit items or fabric or assembling kits. Click here to watch video how-to’s with instructions to create kits.

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  • Worldwide Day of Play 2015

    Nickelodeon inspires kids to take action and make a difference in the world. Through the Worldwide Day of Play initiative, Nickelodeon will celebrate kids’ love of play this September on Saturday, Sept. 26. The network will suspend programming from noon to 3 p.m. in order to encourage kids to get up, get out and get active! Plan activities for the day and help K-Kids members get outside and get moving with

    Kiwanis Vision Partner Nickelodeon by hosting an event like a jump-rope-a-thon, basketball game or soccer tournament. 

    For more ideas, view Nickelodeon’s top ten ways to get out and play. Consider hosting an event with other Kiwanis-family members, and register your event as an official Worldwide Day of Play event to make this year the best yet. Learn more about how you can encourage children to get up and get active at  

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  • Kiwanis Youth Protection Week

    Kiwanis International is a premier provider of youth-service clubs and programs. When it comes to youth safety, Kiwanis holds all members to the highest standards of conduct and awareness. This is

    Kiwanis Youth Protection Week, during which Kiwanis clubs are educating members on youth safety—and ensuring that the clubs are in compliance with the Kiwanis Youth Protection Guidelines

    Kiwanis advisors to K-Kids are required to have a clear criminal history background check on file with the Kiwanis club and to be in compliance with all school policies regarding youth safety. 

    Faculty advisors to K-Kids are encouraged to read the Kiwanis Youth Protection Guidelines and share the school’s own youth protection policies with the sponsoring Kiwanis club.

    Together, Kiwanis advisors and faculty advisors play an important role in the protection of K-Kids members—and providing an environment in which they learn to become leaders in their communities.

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  • Introducing Kiwanis International staff

    Please welcome Suzanne Lentz from the Service Leadership Programs team! 

    Suzanne is from Henderson, Kentucky, and received her bachelor’s degree from DePauw University with a major in sociology. She has worked in the nonprofit field for many years and has experience in foster care, event planning and youth development.

    As the Club Support Specialist, Suzanne provides support to members of the Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs department, as well as to Builders Club and Key Club advisors, administrators and parents by managing social media and monthly newsletters. 

    "It is an honor to work for the Kiwanis youth programs,” Suzanne says. “I value the opportunity I have working with Kiwanians and schools to prepare youth to be servant leaders in their communities." 

    Additionally, Suzanne educates and supports Youth Protection Managers, manages messaging to Kiwanis members about the Kiwanis Youth Protection Guidelines and assists with planning and executing training events for administrators.

    Suzanne loves spending time with her husband and two children, ages two and six months. She also enjoys cooking, reading and watching Kentucky basketball.

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  • Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF: It's almost here!

    October is right around the corner, and the fun is just about to begin.

    Is your club ready to join Kiwanis-family clubs around the globe for Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF 2015? The donations collected by your K-Kids club will help eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus from the face of the Earth.

    Hopefully by now, your club has selected this year's project for Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, and you're ready to turn your plan into action. 

    Here are four simple steps to plan your project: 

    Set a goal. After you determine your project, estimate what you'll raise and then subtract your expenses. This is your fundraising goal. Motivate club members by sharing the number of lives they'll save. If you can save or protect 555 lives, you will be eligible for the 1K patch. 

    Get your supplies. Do you have everything you need to host your fundraiser? Consider asking for donations from local businesses or even large chain stores. If you still need boxes, you can order them from the Kiwanis store

    Promote your event. Print out Trick-or-Treat labels or make your own displays, letting everyone know about the upcoming event and how they can donate. Share the information with your sponsoring Kiwanis club. You can even ask them to match the funds you raised and your Kiwanis Club will be recognized with the Unity Award—a great honor!

    Submit your donations and be recognized. Send your donations to the Kiwanis International Foundation along with the Kiwanis-family giving form. If your club submits US$250 in donations for Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF by Dec. 31, 2015, your club will earn a banner patch. Learn about other recognition opportunities at You can do it!
    Thank you for committing to help eliminate MNT. Visit or contact for more information.

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  • What's new in the kit!

    Here’s a quick look at the kit’s contents:

    Revised member handbooks. Encourage students to refer to their handbook regularly during the year. This year, it’s one of the tools that will empower them to think in terms of we instead of me. By identifying personal passions and interests, K-Kids 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. Designate a day each week (preferably the club meeting day) for members to wear their buttons at school. 

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

    NEW! Pledge and calendar poster. Here’s a fresh addition to help members stay on track throughout the school year. Hang the poster in your club meeting room—and make sure members keep it updated! 

    NEW! Table tents. Another addition for 2015–16, table tents with the title of each club officer have been created for your club to use during club meetings. Consider laminating them to keep them in good shape, or collect them after every meeting. Additional table tents for officers are available for download at and for members at

    NEW! Beach ball. Meeting new people can be scary regardless of how old you are. Help club members get to know each other by playing the Question Ball game as an icebreaker. We’re even providing the ball! For instructions on conducting the game, see page 7 of the member handbook. For more fun icebreaker ideas, visit 

    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 at or purchase additional printed copies at in the meeting items/literature section.

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  • Why I love being a K-Kids advisor

    Hey, fellow K-Kids fans! It’s Jane Erickson, from the Bellevue-Offutt Kiwanis Club in Bellevue, Nebraska, here to tell you how awesome it is to be a K-Kids Kiwanis advisor. My fellow advisor, Dennis Cleaver, and I are starting our 17th year of K-Kids in one of our local elementary schools. And do we love it? Absolutely! We just keep coming back for more.

    Each year we open our club to 4th, 5th and 6th graders who come twice a month to perform service for their school and their neighborhood. This year 82 students have signed up—let me tell you, that’s a lot of energy and pairs of scissors working on those card projects. Residents at the veterans home and senior center always smile ear-to-ear when they receive cards made by our kids.

    Whether our students are leading the meetings, learning about each other, decorating cards, making blankets for the shelter, creating centerpieces, making butterfly treats for the teachers, collecting toiletries or making “Be Nice” signs for their schools, they’re learning what it’s like to think about something and someone other than themselves. To see the looks on their faces when they realize they’ve done something nice for someone else is priceless. To hear them talk about the warm feeling they get after doing it is something that keeps us coming back.

    This year’s back-to-school orientation involved going through the meeting process, agreeing to the rules established by the school and the students themselves, learning the K-Kids pledge and playing a fun new addition: a K-Kid Hunt. Adapted from a form I found on Pinterest, I designed an activity where each student could list his or her favorite things and then go find other students who listed the same items. It was such fun to listen to them as they were meeting new friends and to hear an occasional, “You like what?” Their smiles and laughs were the best part.

    As advisors we find it an honor and a privilege to work with these wonderful young leaders, watching them grow and blossom in their own styles and with the new skills they’ve acquired in our after-school K-Kids club. It keeps us coming back.

    And just imagine the looks on our faces as we walked into school this year and saw a former K-Kid—now a teacher! Wow. K-Kids, a club that works now—and in the future.

    If you were inspired by Jane's post and are a K-Kids advisor interested in sharing your experiences, please contact Kelly Wallace for more information.

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  • Welcome back! Now let's get started

    K-Kids clubs are sponsored in partnership with schools, community organizations and Kiwanis Clubs. Advisors serve as mentors for the club. Scheduling a planning meeting with your Kiwanis or faculty advisor prior to the club’s first meeting is a great way to start the year. 

    First, take some time to review club bylaws, the K-Kids advisor guide, the Youth Protection Guidelines, and (for Kiwanis advisors) ensure your criminal history background check is complete.

    During the meeting, review your club calendar, budget, and member recruitment plan. If officers were not elected last school year, make a plan to conduct elections. Then review officer training (see our sample installation ceremony script for additional assistance). 

    Next, schedule a time to meet with your advisor and the club’s school principal (if applicable) to go over plans and goals for the upcoming year. This will help tremendously when considering potential member contests, service projects, parent engagement ideas, fundraising activities and awareness-building events. It will also help to strengthen the bond between your club and school.  

    If you have any questions as the year progresses, please contact your district administrator or email Kiwanis International at

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  • Introducing Kiwanis International Staff

    Please welcome our newest staff member on the Service Leadership Programs team, Kelly Wallace! 

    Kelly is from Indianapolis, Indiana and received her bachelor’s degree in 2010 with a major in Sociology and minor in International Studies. She is currently enrolled in a dual master’s program, earning a Master of Public Affairs and Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies. Kelly comes to us from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana where she worked for over five years in mentoring and youth development. 

    As the Club Support Analyst, Kelly works closely with the members of the Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs department to develop supporting goals, strategies, and plans in order to achieve the vision, mission, and objectives of Kiwanis International. Additionally, she writes the K-Kids newsletters, is the point of contact for advisors needing assistance, and serves volunteers who work with the Kiwanis youth programs.

    Kelly is a lifelong learner. She enjoys classes, workshops and conferences of all kinds, listening to all genres of music, trying new restaurants of all cuisines, traveling, and spending time with her fiance, Tetlu and dog, Brooklyn.

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