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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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  • Drum roll please.......

    Contest judging is complete and the 2015-2016 K-Kids contest winners have been selected. Congratulations K-Kids contest winners.

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  • Introducing Kiwanis International staff

    Matthew Nance was born in Lebanon, Indiana. He earned his bachelor degree in English literature from DePauw University in 2010, and a master's degree in college student affairs from Eastern Illinois University in 2012. Matthew’s professional experience includes youth leadership, leadership development and education.

    As the leadership development specialist for Key Leader, Matthew writes curriculum for leadership and training programs, coordinates Key Leader event logistics and advises the Key Club International board.

    “It is very rewarding to see young people deciding to make a positive contribution to their school, in their community, and to this world,” Matthew says. “I love interacting with students who are outright saying they want the world to be a better place, and they are taking advantage of an opportunity to make it so for themselves and their peers.”

    In his spare time, Matthew enjoys volunteering with his church’s production team, coaching boys volleyball and spending time with fraternity brothers, friends and family.

    Matthew is third from the left in the photo above. He is pictured with his family.

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  • What’s coming up

    K-Kids teaches members how to find their passion, identify needs in the school or community and take action through service. During their extended break from school, challenge your K-Kids to take what they learned in the club and apply it to real life. Here are suggestions to help them get started:

    Service project ideas
    Have a family garage sale and donate the money to charity
    Make no-sew blankets and donate them to a children’s hospital
    Read a story to children at a daycare
    Donate toys you no longer use
    Recruit your friends to participate in an environmental cleanup effort
    Ask a family member to volunteer with you at an animal shelter
    Help family members out with chores

    Upcoming observances
    World Environment Day (Jun. 5)

    World Oceans Day (Jun. 8)
    World Day Against Child Labor (Jun. 12)
    World Blood Donor Day (Jun. 14)
    World Refugee Day (Jun. 20)
    International Day of Yoga (Jun. 21)
    World Population Day (Jul. 11)
    Nelson Mandela International Day (Jul. 18)
    World Hepatitis Day (Jul. 28)
    International Tiger Day (Jul. 29)
    World Day Against Trafficking Persons (Jul. 30)
    International Cat Day (Aug. 8)
    International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (Aug. 9)
    International Youth Day (Aug. 12)
    World Elephant Day (Aug. 12)
    World Humanitarian Day (Aug. 19)
    International Dog Day (Aug. 26)
    International Day Against Nuclear Tests (Aug. 29)

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  • Thank YOU for saving lives

    Millions of women in 21 countries still need to be immunized—and your K-Kids club is crucial to saving their lives. Your club can help make that difference with these important final steps:

    Send in your donation. Use The Eliminate Project gift form for Kiwanis-family members when submitting all donations. Mail it to: The Eliminate Project, Kiwanis International, P.O. Box 6457 - Dept #286, Indianapolis, IN 46206. 

    Get recognized. Tell us about your project by completing this easy form to receive a participation patch for your club. You can also become a Bronze, Silver, Gold or 1K Club! Find out more. 

    Share your story. We want to hear how your club participated in Eliminate Week 2016. Use the hashtag #EliminateWeek on Twitter and share your photos with us on Facebook. Or email your story to campaign@TheEliminateProject.org.

    If you have any questions, please contact campaign@TheEliminateProject.org. Thank you again for your generous support . . . and for helping the Kiwanis family change the world. YOU are the heroes for the cause of saving babies!

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  • Celebrate your K-Kids by sharing their accomplishments


    Sharing with Kiwanis International
    Share what your club has accomplished this past year by taking time to complete the Annual Achievement Report. The form may be completed and submitted online, or users can download and print a copy and mail it to:
                    Attn: Lisa Pyron
                    Service Leadership Programs
                    Kiwanis International
                    3636 Woodview Trace

                    Indianapolis, IN 46268

    All clubs that complete the Annual Achievement Report by June 30, 2016, and earn a score above 10 will receive a banner patch from Kiwanis International. If you have a service project scheduled after this date that you would like to include in the report, please contact Lisa Pyron for an extension. All patches will be mailed to clubs in September. To update your club’s address, please contact memberservices@kiwanis.org.

    Sharing with your sponsoring Kiwanis club

    Letting the members of your sponsoring Kiwanis club know what your K-Kids club has accomplished is the best way to thank them and let them know your club is making a difference. Because the Kiwanis advisor is a direct link to the sponsoring Kiwanis club, contact him or her to request time to present at an upcoming meeting. First, decide whether advisors will be the only presenters or if K-Kids members would like to participate. Next, decide how you will use a powerpoint, a picture slideshow, posters, etc. No matter who presents or how, here is what you should cover:

                    Service success. Share pictures and stories from the year’s
                    service projects. Include personal quotes by the members
                    and describe how the club has made a difference in their
                    lives. Tell Kiwanians what the club members have learned
                    from volunteering, and why the club is important to the
                    school and local community.

                    Numbers. After completing the Annual Achievement Report
                     for Kiwanis International, this part should be a breeze. Show
                    Kiwanis members the great work their club is sponsoring
                    through your club report, including: the number of students
                    in the club, total dollars raised, total number of service
                    projects, etc. Highlight information in the Annual
                    Achievement Report that you feel is most important.

                    Invitation. Does your K-Kids meeting space have the
                    capacity for extra guests? If so, encourage Kiwanis club
                    members to come to the final K-Kids meeting or the
                    year-end party. This is a great opportunity for Kiwanians
                    to introduce themselves to K-Kids members and observe
                    club culture first-hand. 

                    Feedback. Were there projects your K-Kids club completed
                    that were similar to the Kiwanis club’s? Ask Kiwanians for
                    ideas for next year’s service projects. This will open the door
                    to new possibilities and build momentum for the two clubs to
                    be more involved with each other in the future. 

    Following the presentation, don’t forget to formally thank your sponsoring Kiwanis club! Have your K-Kids members create thank you cards and distribute them to the Kiwanians in attendance.

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