WHAT WE DO
Key Club International is the high school organization sponsored by Kiwanis International. Key Club assists Kiwanis in carrying out its mission to serve the children of the world. High school student members of Key Club perform acts of service in their communities, such as cleaning up parks, collecting clothing and organizing food drives. They also learn leadership skills by running meetings, planning projects and holding elected leadership positions at the club, district and international levels.
Key Club International brings together all Key Club's members' efforts and energies into an area that makes an international impact through the Major Emphasis, "Children: Their Future, Our Focus.” The Major Emphasis unites Key Clubs under the banner of service that deals with the most important part of our community, our youth.
The Key Club service initiative is the hands-on element of the Major Emphasis. All of the hands-on service provided to children by Key Club International members is directed to a single area of need, to make a substantial impact. The current service initiative,The Eliminate Project, allows Key Clubbers joining forces with Kiwanis International and UNICEF eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus.
Each year, Key Club International teams up with its three partner organizations, March of Dimes, Children's Miracle Network and UNICEF, for the fundraising element of the Major Emphasis. As you plan your club’s service programming for the year, keep these organizations in mind. Each Key Club is encouraged to participate with our partners as we join together to make a difference in the lives of children.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Key Club?
Key Club is the oldest and largest service program for high school students. It is a student-led organization that teaches leadership through service to others. Members of the Kiwanis International family, Key Club members build themselves as they build their schools and communities. Key Club has approximately 260,000 members in approximately 5,000 clubs. Key Club is represented in 37 countries.
Where is Key Club?
The International Office is in Indianapolis, Indiana, at 3636 Woodview Trace.
Key Club is represented in 37 nations:
Antigua and Barbuda
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands
United Arab Emirates
United States of America
How did Key Club get started?
The original concept was to develop a vocational guidance program aimed to combat the problems of a student fraternity. The idea evolved into the formation of a youth service organization for the home, school and community.
Where and when did Key Club begin?
The first Key Club met at Sacramento High School in California in 1925.
How did Key Club get its name?
In 1925, California State Commissioner of Schools Albert C. Olney and vocational education teacher Frank C. Vincent worked to establish the first Key Club at Sacramento High School in California. This club was comprised of the key boys in the school, willing to serve the school in any way possible and to create better school spirit. Thus, the club was dubbed Key Club.
How many service hours do Key Club members provide annually?
Each Key Club member is expected to do at least 50 service hours per year, which equals more than 12 million hours of service annually.
Who are Key Club’s preferred charities and how does Key Club support them?
UNICEF, March of Dimes and Children’s Miracle Network are all preferred charities. Key Club members provide fundraising support for each of these groups.
What is Kiwanis?
Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Our members help shelter the homeless, feed the hungry, mentor the disadvantaged and care for the sick. We develop youth as leaders, build playgrounds, raise funds for pediatric research and more. Working together, members achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone.
What is the Kiwanis family?
The Kiwanis family includes Kiwanis members, or Kiwanians, and all of Kiwanis’ Service Leadership Programs, which provide service and leadership opportunities for young people and adults with disabilities around the world.
- Elementary school students. Kiwanis Kids (www.kiwaniskids.org) provides three programs—K-Kids, Terrific Kids and Bring Up Grades—for students ages 6–12. In each, lessons of leadership and self-development are introduced through learning to plan, set goals, work with others and celebrate successes.
- Teens. Kiwanis offers three meaningful, interactive programs that allow students to discover their own leadership potential—Builders Club (www.buildersclub.org), exclusively for middle and junior high school students ages 12–14; Key Club (www.keyclub.org), the largest high school service club in the world for ages 14–18; and Key Leader (www.key-leader.org), a weekend leadership experience for students age 14–18.
- Young adults. Circle K International (www.circlek.org) is the premiere university and college service organization in the world, with clubs on more than 500 campuses in 17 nations. In Europe, Kiwanis Junior gives young adults a chance to volunteer for their communities.
- Adults living with disabilities. Aktion Club (www.aktionclub.org) is the only community service club for these adult citizens, providing members an opportunity to develop initiative and leadership skills in serving their communities, while enabling integration into society.
- Celebrate Kiwanis family during Kiwanis Family Month in November.