Terrific Kids is a student-recognition program that promotes character development, self-esteem and perseverance.
“Terrific” is an acronym for Thoughtful, Enthusiastic, Respectful, Responsible, Inclusive, Friendly, Inquisitive and Capable.
Students work with their classroom teacher to establish goals to improve behavior, peer relationships, attendance or school work. All students who achieve their goals after a specified time are recognized as Terrific Kids. Recognition includes being pinned as a Terrific Kid; a gathering / assembly; and presentation of certificates and other giveaways.
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Some children need extra encouragement. You can provide it with Bring Up Grades, giving students a chance to make academic improvements. Participants set their own goals and work to reach them.
Bring Up Grades, or BUG, rewards academic improvement. Kids raise their grades, and they're rewarded for each subsequent grading period in which they raise or maintain those grades.
Recognition includes being placed on the school’s BUG Honor Roll; a gathering / assembly; and presentation of certificates and buttons.
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Key Leader is a weekend experiential leadership program for today's young leaders. This life-changing event focuses on service leadership as the first, most meaningful leadership-development experience. A Key Leader will learn the most important lesson of leadership—it comes from helping others succeed.
Participants begin by attending a Key Leader conference, which is a weekend retreat. Large and small group workshops, discussions and team-building activities take place over the course of the weekend. Students have opportunities to learn leadership skills that will help them to change their schools, communities, and world for the better. While exploring leadership in a whole new way, participants will make amazing new friends and have experiences they will never forget. Positive, ongoing interaction with other Key Leader graduates offers continuing reinforcement, encouragement and growth of leadership skills.
Since April 2005 Key Leader has served more than 26,000 students at 553 Key Leader events in 40 U.S. states, 7 Canadian provinces, Malaysia, Brazil, Cayman Islands, El Salvador and Singapore. Read what some of these graduates say about the Key Leader experience.
Keys to Excellence
The Key Leader program is built on five essential principles. These principles reflect our mission to inspire young people to achieve their personal best through service leadership:
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Young Children Priority One (YCPO) is an ongoing community service program of Kiwanis International that addresses the needs of children age 0–5. All clubs are encouraged to carry out at least two YCPO projects per calendar year, though many clubs are able to do more—serving children, families and communities.
Young Children Priority One focuses on four key areas:
Open a child’s mind to reading—all year long! Every child should experience the joy of reading. Kiwanis’ Read Around the World program focuses on sharing the joy of books with young children—from reading with them to providing books they can have of their very own.
Every child should experience the joy of reading. Kiwanis members believe this, and have long been dedicated to Kiwanis’ Read Around the World program. But reading projects deserve more than a monthlong observance. That’s why Kiwanis International now urges the entire Kiwanis family to implement Read Around the World projects throughout the entire year.
Kiwanis is proud to partner with Scholastic, an organization that supports children’s access to books and lifelong love of reading. Thanks to our partnership, Kiwanis clubs get crucial resources for helping children in their communities get access to books and reading opportunities — regardless of socioeconomic status. Multiple resources exist to make your Read Around the World project meaningful.
More reading projects touch more kids’ lives. What can you do? Read to children. Then give them books they can cherish again and again
Kiwanis members serve their communities all year long. But the excitement for service really builds in April each year when Kiwanis members come together for Kiwanis One Day—a day of community service that is felt around the world.
The entire Kiwanis family—Kiwanis Kids, Builders Club, Key Club, CKI, Aktion Club and Kiwanis clubs—joins forces for this large-scale service project. Projects fill a specific need in each community and have included everything from building playgrounds to volunteering at a shelter to stocking shelves at a food pantry. More info on KI One Day Website.