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Learning to lead with compassion.
Members: Secondary/high school
Motto: Caring: our way of life

Key Club International encourages leadership development through service to others. A program of Kiwanis International, Key Club is the oldest and largest student-led high school service organization, with more than 270,000 members worldwide. Students build confidence and character, learn to be effective leaders, strive for academic achievement and create more inclusive environments in their schools. By working with people of all walks of life, students begin to appreciate what they have and become more caring.

Key Club members perform acts of service in their communities, such as cleaning up parks, collecting clothing and organizing food drives. All of the hands-on service by Key Club International members is directed to a single area of need, in order to make a substantial impact. Members also learn leadership skills by running meetings, planning projects and holding elected leadership positions at the club, district and international levels.


Each Key Club operates in partnership with schools, community organizations and Kiwanis clubs. Within each sponsor, an individual volunteers to serve as an advisor who guides and mentors the Key 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 Key Club by:
  • Communicating regularly with your child
  • Communicating regularly with the faculty and Kiwanis advisors to stay informed about what the Key Club is doing during the year
  • Volunteering to assist with club duties
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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