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Develop capable caring leaders

Kiwanis Kids programs

  • Sponsored by service-minded Kiwanis club volunteers who provide funding and support.
  • Fun and easy to administer.
  • Increase parental involvement.
  • Improve scholastic achievement.
  • Cultivate character and leadership in students.
  • Assist students in attaining developmental assets.
  • Build relationships between school and community.

Kiwanis International 

Founded in 1915, Kiwanis International is a global organization of clubs and members dedicated to serving the children of the world and developing youth leaders. Kiwanis and its family of clubs, including Circle K International for university students, Key Club for students age 14-18, Builders Club for students age 11-14, Kiwanis Kids for students age 6-12 and Aktion Club for adults living with disabilities, dedicate annually more than 18 million service hours to strengthen communities and serve children. The Kiwanis International family comprises nearly 600,000 adult and youth members in 80 countries and geographic areas.

Kiwanis Kids programs 

These programs assist elementary students in building character, developing leadership skills and developing a caring, inclusive attitude. Establishing a Kiwanis Kids program at your school will provide teachers with resources to inspire students to achieve. Which program would benefit the students at your school?

Service club 

K-Kids is a student-led community-service club that teaches members the value of helping others through participation in community service projects and club activities. Students conduct a school and community assessment, determine what needs exist and plan and conduct service project to meet those needs.

Character education recognition program 

Terrific Kids is a student-recognition program that promotes character development, self-esteem, and perseverance. Students focus on learning the Terrific Kids character traits and also learn about the importance of establishing and achieving goals. “Terrific” is an acronym for Thoughtful, Enthusiastic, Respectful, Responsible, Inclusive, Friendly, Inquisitive and Capable.

There is also a Spanish version of Terrific Kids, Ninos Destacados.

Academic achievement recognition program 

Bring Up Grades, or BUG, is a program designed to recognize students who raise their grades into an acceptable range and maintain or continue to raise them from one grading period to the next. Recognition includes: a listing on the school’s BUG Honor Roll, a healthy food-themed party and presentation of certificates, buttons, and other giveaways.


Interested in starting a program at your school?  Contact us and we’ll assist in finding a Kiwanis club to support one or all of these programs at your school.

If your interested in finding a Kiwanis club near you, use the Kiwanis Club locator.