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What is service leadership?

Leading by helping others

Kiwanis International empowers people at every stage of life to become competent, capable and compassionate leaders by giving them the opportunity to help others. Through its Service Leadership Programs, Kiwanis teaches young leaders new ways to change the world by serving one child and one community at a time.

Finding your heart to serve

Simply stated, service leadership is the powerful force that occurs when a person's heart to serve unites with his or her call to lead.

K-Kids provide an opportunity for young people to discover their heart to serve. When people have a heart to serve, they begin to make service a part of their character and a part of their daily life. For these people, service is not just about helping those in need, but it also becomes a guide for how they treat everyone around them. When you find your heart to serve, you truly know what it means to be a caring person.

Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs also open an opportunity for young people to answer their call to lead. Answering this call means that a person makes the intentional decision to step forward and act. Those who answer the call to lead stop being spectators, and start actively contributing to an organization, a community, or a cause. While they are eager to do service, they are just as eager to dig deeper into the root causes of social problems. They want to give back and they want to influence change.

And so, when people discover their heart to serve and answer their call to lead, they have unlocked service leadership. That is what we're trying to achieve.

For more information, contact the Kiwanis International member services team at 1-800-549-2647 ext. 411 or email