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Where young leaders learn to help others.
Members: Primary/elementary school students
Motto: We build

In ways large and small, K-Kids members change the world around them. In the process, they transform themselves. A program of

Kiwanis International, K-Kids is the largest service organization for elementary school students, with more than 35,000 members worldwide. Students lead the club, plan activities, participate in community service projects, celebrate their successes and develop empathy, self-confidence and compassion along the way. Through service to others they begin to understand the impact they can have on their school, their community and the world around them.


Each K-Kids clubs is sponsored by a school (or community organization) and a Kiwanis club. Within each sponsor, an individual volunteers to serve as an advisor who guides and mentors the K-Kids club members.
  • The faculty advisor works closely with the club, is familiar with the school or organization’s procedures and acts as a liaison between the youth club, the Kiwanis club and school administrators.
  • The Kiwanis advisor supports youth club members and the faculty advisor in all their endeavors and also serves as the liaison between the sponsoring Kiwanis club, the youth’s club’s faculty advisor and school administrators. 


Parents can carry out the mission of K-Kids by:
  • Communicating regularly with the advisors to stay informed about what the K-Kids club is doing during the year
  • Volunteering to assist with club duties
  • Talking to their child to help him or her reflect on their service work
In some clubs, a parent advisor serves as a liaison between the K-Kids club and the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) or Parent Teacher Association (PTA). If your child’s club has a parent advisor, communicate with him or her regularly. Parents are also welcome to participate in Kiwanis One Day—a day set aside each April when all Kiwanis-family club members in a community can get together and perform a service project.

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