by: Lisa Pyron
Kiwanis Elementary School Programs Specialist
When it comes to starting a K-Kids club, it only takes one person to get things going. Here are some tips to help you through the process.
Begin with your Kiwanis club. Explain what K-Kids is, the club’s role as a sponsor and the benefits to elementary-school students. Kiwanis International offers some online resources to help you prepare:
Form a committee. After your Kiwanis club agrees to sponsor a K-Kids club, gather a core group of individuals who have a definite interest in working with the kids. These folks will support club-building efforts, and they’ll alternate attendance at K-Kids club meetings.
Determine where the K-Kids club will be. You may already have a good idea about where to build a K-Kids club. If not, remember: a K-Kids club can be established in a school or as a community-based program in a community center.
Before approaching a prospective K-Kids club site, order the K-Kids introductory kit to use when sharing information about the program: K-Kids Introductory kit
Here are a few important points to share with the school principal or organization director:
- Explain Kiwanis and what your club does to help the community.
- K-Kids is sponsored by a Kiwanis club, but it’s a student-led community service club.
- The school (or organization) provides a K-Kids club advisor, meeting location and time.
- The school principal (or organization director) has final authority over all club activities.
Recruit and promote. If the prospective site approves the program, start recruiting members immediately. Schedule a K-Kids informational meeting. Display K-Kids posters in the hallways.
- Membership is open to any elementary-age child interested in community service. We suggest a commitment of 15 students to start a club.
- Review the Standard Form for K-Kids Bylaws for guidance on club structure.
- The K-Kids Chartering Toolkit is an online resource—it will guide you through the K-Kids club-chartering process. The necessary paperwork can be downloaded and printed from the website.
- When Kiwanis International receives the completed Petition for Charter and US$150 sponsorship fee, an all-inclusive K-Kids program kit is mailed to the Kiwanis K-Kids advisor.
It only takes one person to start the conversation about a K-Kids club. Thanks for being the one!