Kiwanis International empowers people at every stage of life to become competent, capable, and compassionate leaders by helping them learn to help others. Through its Service Leadership Programs, Kiwanis teaches young leaders new ways to change the world by serving one child and one community at a time.
We define Service Leadership as the next step beyond service learning. Once a young person fully understands the concept of learning by helping others, he or she begins to grow personally as a leader. The Service Leadership concept is based on the philosophy of Servant Leadership, a term coined by Robert K. Greenleaf to define a leader who is servant first. "It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first," Greenleaf wrote. "Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead."
Youth, Students & Special Programs
Three programs for elementary students:
K-Kids is an international student-led program for elementary school students providing members with opportunities to perform service, build character and develop leadership skills. www.kiwaniskids.org
Bring Up Grades (BUG)
Bring Up Grades or BUG is a program designed to provide recognition to students who raise their grades into an acceptable range and maintain or continue to raise them from one grading period to the next.
Terrific Kids is a student-recognition program that promotes character development, self-esteem and perseverance.
Five programs for Middle/Junior High students and older:
A leadership program for middle and junior high school students.
Key Club International
The largest high school service leadership organization in the world.
A weekend experience designed to empower emerging student leaders.
CKI (Circle K International)
A global service organization for university students. www.circlek.org
The only community-service club for adults living with disabilities.
at Heights and Rayma Page Elementary Schools