There are a number of Kiwanis Clubs set up for young people and the following are operating in the New Zealand South Pacific district.
Key Club International, the oldest and largest service leadership organisation for teens, teaches leadership through service to others. Key Club’s 267,000 members build themselves as they build their schools and communities. Key Club’s 5,000 clubs thrive in 30 nations in North America, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.
Key Club members make a difference in their communities and the world, organizing a variety of service projects. They also learn leadership skills by running meetings, planning projects and holding elected leadership positions at the club, district and international levels.
Builders Club, with more than 46,000 adolescent members, provides students with opportunities to develop leadership, improve self-esteem, increase civic engagement and learn life skills through service. As students manoeuvre this “in-between stage” of life, Builders Club empowers them to be themselves, work together with friends and implement plans through action. Through Builders Club, students become leaders at school, in their community and in the world.
Builders Club is a “student-led” community service organization that operates under school regulations and draws its members from the student body. Community-based Builders Clubs also can be established at churches, libraries, YMCAs, lodges or similar facilities. A Kiwanis club, composed of like-minded, service-oriented people from the community, serves as the club’s sponsor.
Club members make an impact by selecting projects that meet their communities’ needs.
Kiwanis Kids, with more than 36,000 members, is a service leadership program for primary school students. K-Kids provides students with opportunities to work together on service projects, develop leadership potential and create strong moral character.
K-Kids is a “student-led” community-service organization, which operates under school regulations and draws its members from the student body. K-Kids clubs can also be established in a community-based organization. Such organizations might include but are not limited to a community library, Boys & Girls Club, YMCA, YWCA or church. K-Kids is unique because it’s sponsored by a local Kiwanis club, composed of leading business and professional people of the community.
K-Kids service projects can include organizing clothing, book, food and recycling drives; planning teacher-appreciation events; creating greeting cards for nursing home residents and making picture books for kindergarten students.