What is Key Club?
Key Club is the
oldest and largest service program for high school students. What makes
Key Club so successful is the fact that it is a student-led
organization that teaches leadership through servicing others. Members
of the Kiwanis International family, Key Club members build themselves
as they build their schools and communities.
Today, Key Club exists on almost 5,000 high schools campuses, primarily in the United States and Canada. Growth efforts, however, have taken the Key Club experience internationally to Canada, the Caribbean nations, Central and South America, and most recently to Asia and Australia.
Key Club International is an organization of individual Key Clubs and is funded by nominal dues paid by every member. Its officers are high school leaders elected by the members at district and International conventions. The organization offers a wide range of opportunities to its members:
Originally, Key Club adopted as its motto, "We build," the same motto as its parent organization, Kiwanis International. In 1976, the organization opted to change its motto to "Caring - Our Way of Life" because these words more clearly conveyed members' reasons for helping others.
"Key Club is an international student-led organization which provides its members with
opportunities to provide service, build character and develop leadership."
"To develop competent, capable, and caring leaders through the vehicle of service."
The core values of Key Club International are leadership, character building, caring, and inclusiveness.
I pledge, on my honor,
to uphold the Objects of Key Club International;
to build my home, school and community;
to serve my nation and God;
and combat all forces which tend to undermine these institutions.
"Caring – Our Way of Life"
To develop initiative and leadership.
To provide experience in living and working together.
To serve the school and community.
To cooperate with the school principal.
To prepare for useful citizenship.
To accept and promote the following ideals:
To give primacy to the human and spiritual, rather than to the material values of life.
To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships.
To promote the adoption and application of higher standards in scholarship, sportsmanship, and social contacts.
To develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive, and serviceable citizenship.
To provide a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render unselfish service, and to build better communities.
To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism which makes possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism, and good will.
Key Club FAQs
Q. What kind of service projects can a Key Club undertake?
A. There is almost no limit to the scope and nature of Key Club service projects. The Key Club Web site (http://www.keyclub.org/), Key Club magazine, and conventions all offer ideas for service opportunities. Better yet, begin by looking around your school for existing needs.
Q. Are there any minimums for involvement in a Key Club?
A. Many clubs utilize a point system in which members earn points for attending meetings and projects. The best rule of thumb is the 50-hour rule: Every Key Club member should be willing to undertake 50 hours of service each year. (Throughout the organization, millions of service hours are volunteered annually.)
Read more about Kiwanis (our parent organization) here.
Last Modified on April 9, 2014