Terrific Kids > Discover > Start a program > Sponsorship toolkit
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 in organizing a Terrific Kids program is finding a site where the program is needed. Possible sites include elementary schools, Boys and Girls Clubs or other youth centers that provide after-school programming.
A Kiwanis-family club will sponsor Terrific Kids 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:
Gather materials to introduce the program to the principal or site coordinator and participating faculty or staff.
Order the Terrific Kids program kit from the Kiwanis Family Store.
Establish a program budget
Knowing your anticipated financial needs will be helpful when soliciting assistance from a local business sponsor.
Decorate the school/site
The Terrific Kids program kit includes a banner, posters and bulletin board decor. Take time to display these materials in prominent ares of the building. Need more materials? Order more.
Make time to educate participants, adult volunteers and parents.
Educate participants & adult volunteers
Invite parents to an informational meeting
The Terrific Kids 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 help participants gain these skills by mentoring and tutoring students.
Through the Terrific Kids program, you help youth improve reading and study skills. Learn more about how to mentor effectively and learn how mentoring impacts youth.
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.
Follow instructions included in the Participant Education PowerPoint and encourage students to help each other achieve their goals. Peer mentoring builds self-confidence and teaches participants how to be servant leaders.
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