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K-Kids is the largest service organization for elementary school students, with more than 36,000 members worldwide. The first K-Kids was chartered in 2000. Today, there are more than 1,200 clubs worldwide.

K-Kids is a student-led community service organization that operates under school regulations and draws its members from the student body. Community-based K-Kids clubs also can be established at churches, libraries, YMCAs, lodges or similar facilities. A Kiwanis club, composed of like-minded, service-oriented people from the community, serves as the club’s sponsor.

K-Kids is structured only on the local club level but is supported by district volunteers appointed by Kiwanis leaders and the Kiwanis International Office in Indianapolis, Indiana, which provides guidelines, programs, educational resources and club recognition opportunities.

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We build


To develop competent, capable, caring leaders through the vehicle of service.


K-Kids is an international student-led organization providing members with opportunities to perform service, build character and develop leadership.


To provide opportunities for working together in service to school and community. To develop leadership potential. To foster the development of strong moral character. To encourage loyalty to school, community, and nation.

Core Values

Character building: The ability to do the right thing, even when it might be the unpopular choice. Leadership: The ability to listen, communicate, serve and guide others. Inclusiveness: Accepting and welcoming differences in other people. Caring: The act of being concerned about or interested in other people or situations.


As a K-Kid, I promise to serve my neighborhood and my school. I will show respect toward my environment and I will try to make the world a better place in which to live.

Service Leadership Model

The experience of service leadership is the primary objective of Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs. It's the premier level of social contribution. The service-club experience prepares people to become the most engaged members of their communities now and in the future.

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