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 Kiwanis One Day April 11 2015
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  • Inspiring youth to become stronger leaders

       

    While having youth participate in one day service projects is an excellent way to teach them how they can make a difference, involving youth in the investigation and planning stages of a service project can have an even bigger impact. As an advisor, you can inspire your club members to serve with passion and become stronger leaders by involving club members from the very beginning of each service project. Let’s explore the three stages to including youth in the investigation process of planning a service project.

    The inspiration stage is when a youth finds passion for a cause that would benefit from a service project. To help youth in this stage, start asking these types of questions: What do you care about? What matters most to you? What can you do to make a difference? What type of service project should you do? Who will your service benefit? It is perfectly okay if your members cannot answer all of these questions because they will be researching these questions more fully in the next stage of the investigation process. 

    The issue stage is when each K-Kids member researches the cause or service project they each have selected to help. Each member needs to have a good understanding of the problem or the cause that they have chosen. This is where they can interview professionals, talk to individuals in need and read about their issue to discover what’s currently being done. During this stage, youth begin to fully understand why their service project can be beneficial to the cause and why it is important for them to be involved with the cause.

    The third and final stage of the investigation process is vision. During this stage, youth devise a plan on how they can make the most significant impact. Each member will need to use what they learned in the issue stage to help them develop a vision for their specific cause. Each member should be able to answer questions regarding the cause that they have chosen such as: What is currently being done for this cause? Can I join other volunteers or service projects to make a difference? Or, is it better to come up with a new project? How can I inspire others to join me?

    Engaging K-Kids members in these initial stages of a service project will inspire them. They will be more closely connected to the core issues they are addressing, and they will be more invested in the success of their projects. When their projects are complete, each member can reflect back on these initial stages and with some guidance from their advisors will be able to identify how they strengthened their leadership skills through the process.

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  • Advisor guide survey

      

    Hopefully, you have had the chance to review the K-Kids & Builders Club Advisor guide. It’s a handy resource for all club advisors—and it’s new for the 2014-15 year. So we would love to hear your feedback. It will take just 5 minutes to complete this short survey.

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  • Inspiration stage: Seeds of service project

       

    In the program kit that your club received upon renewal, there was a family service project included. This project is meant to be a reminder to each member that making a difference begins with just one person spreading a seed of service in their home, school or community. This project should be completed by each member and their families around April. However, your club members can begin talking about this project now so they can better understand the project and be inspired to carry it out at home. . At a club meeting, have members discuss how they want to spread seeds of service in their community. Here is a guide that will help you inspire your members to make plans to spread seeds of service individually, outside of the club.

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  • Celebrate and keep planning

    Drum roll, please! Ladies and gentlemen, costumed creatures near and far: We’re pleased to announce that the members of Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs—including K-Kids—have raised more than US$3.7 million to save or protect more than 2.1 million women and their futures babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus. 

    Remember that every life saving penny counts, so please turn in any donated funds using the Kiwanis family gift form. We extend our heartfelt thanks to each and every member for contributing to this effort. 

    How is your club celebrating Mother’s Day this year?
    Mother’s Day dates back to the 1800s. This holiday celebrates mothers and motherhood. As part of the UNICEF and Kiwanis partnership with The Eliminate Project, K-Kids clubs are once again challenged to participate in Eliminate Week—held the week leading up to Mother’s Day, May 4-8, 2015—and help protect the connection between mother and child. 

    It only takes US$1.80 to vaccinate a woman and protect her future babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus. With tips from the step-by-step guides, clubs can implement their own advocacy and fundraising activities to help Kiwanis reach the ultimate goal of US$110 million to immunize 61 million mothers and their future babies. How can you be a part of it?

    Eliminate Week for K-Kids clubs focuses on identifying a project that inspires your club members to get involved in The Eliminate Project. So, whether you engage a local restaurant to host a “Dining for Donations,” organize “Jeans or Pyjama Days,” or have members create flower pots to exchange for donations, your club can make a difference. Put the fun into fundraising. What are you waiting for?

    Begin the steps now to make this happen in your school and community. With every K-Kids club participating, we are sure to reach our fundraising goals. For even more success, your sponsoring Kiwanis club get involved, and double your lifesaving impact and earn the Unity Award

    Thank you again for making a difference. Together we will eliminate a dreadful disease from the face of the earth! 

    If you have questions or need more information, contact Campaign@TheEliminateProject.org.


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  • Contest deadlines are quickly approaching

      

    Do you have talented club members? Has your club hosted a great service project? If so, it’s time for your club and members to be recognized. Encourage your club and  individual members to enter the K-Kids contests. This year’s individual contest categories include: speech, essay, poster and leadership award. The club contest categories are: picture book, scrapbook and Club Single Service Award. Get all of the contest details from the contest booklet. All contest entries are due to district administrators no later than April 1st. Good luck!

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  • Happy birthday, Kiwanis!

     

    Did you know that Kiwanis International turns 100 this month? We’re celebrating with events from now until the Kiwanis International convention in Indianapolis this summer—including a global Centennial Tour with Kiwanis International President Dr. John Button. Learn more about the centennial celebrations and find an event near you at www.kiwanis.org/kiwanis100.

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  • New year, new members

     

    Happy New Year to you and your club! Start the new year by having your club come up with ways to invite new members to join the club. Encourage your members to bring a friend to a meeting or have your club host a recruitment event such as an ice cream social or fun service project in which anyone can participate.

    Involving members in recruiting peers to get involved, whether it be one project or joining the club, is an excellent opportunity for students to exercise the courage to engage.  For a list of recruitment ideas, refer to page 46 of the K-Kids & Builders Club guide.

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  • Advisor guides now in the Kiwanis store

     

    In your club’s program kit, you received two printed copies of the new K-Kids & Builders Club advisor guide. Hopefully this guide has been useful. If you were hoping  for extra copies, today is your lucky day. You can now purchase the K-Kids & Builders Club advisor guide at the Kiwanis Store

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  • Club service project: Advocacy

     
    As one of your club’s next service projects, consider an advocacy project where members learn about an issue and encourage others to take action. Help your students determine an advocacy project by having them brainstorm issues or topics that they have a passion for and would like to bring more awareness to in their school or community. Then have the club determine ways that they can focus on this issue by planning an advocacy project around it.

    Advocating for change is a way for students to exercise the courage to engage. They will have opportunities to connect with others and practice effective communication skills around an important issue. For a list of advocacy project ideas for your club, refer to page 28 of the K-Kids & Builders Club advisor guide.

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  • Club service project: Spread the love

     

    Help your club celebrate Valentine’s Day by remembering others. Your members may decide to make a valentine for someone who helps them on a daily basis such as their garbage collector, bus driver or cafeteria worker. Your club members may also want to work together to make a Valentine’s care package filled with letters and drawings to send to the troops to let them know they are appreciated.

    Be sure to provide opportunities for a discussion prior to selecting a project to help students develop a passion around appreciation and to connect this passion to the project. Going through this process with the club members allows students the opportunity to discover their heart to serve.

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