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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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