Service Leadership Programs

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Key Leader?

Key Leader is a service leadership education program developed by Kiwanis International for high school students and graduating 8th grade students. The Key Leader mission is to provide a life-changing experience that inspires young people to achieve their personal best through service leadership.

Who can attend a Key Leader event?

Events are open to all students ages 14 to 18. There is no limit to the number of participants from any individual school, and attendees are not required to be members of Kiwanis programs such as Key Club. 

What is the schedule for the weekend?

Students will arrive for registration from 4p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and depart after 11:30 a.m. on Sunday. All lodging, meals and activities are at the event site during that time. 

What happens at a Key Leader weekend?

The students have large- and small-group activities, with a combination of lectures, discussion, interactive activities and audio-visual presentations. Every weekend will offer lots of fun with new friends, and is lead by a highly qualified and trained Lead Facilitator.

Key Leader programs focus on the five Key Leader principles: Personal Integrity, Personal Growth, Respect, Building Community, and Pursuit of Excellence. Students learn to follow Robert Greenleaf's servant leadership model. 

Which adults will be present during the weekend?

A professional Key Leader facilitator will lead the event. Our lead facilitators come from backgrounds in education and program facilitation, and have successfully completed a training course on the curriculum.

Each Kiwanis district provides trained adult volunteers to coordinate the logistics and supervise students. Kiwanis International completes a limited criminal history background check on all adults present for the weekend.

How much does it cost?

The all-inclusive cost to attend a Key Leader weekend is dependent on the location. Select Register Now to locate a Key Leader in your area, then visit your programs registration site or get in contact with the Site Coordinator or District Chair to learn more about the registration process and cost of attendance. 

A school, Kiwanis club, community organization, religious group, family or others can also sponsor a student.

Are there student leadership opportunities during a Key Leader weekend?

Yes. Students in 11th and 12th grades who have previously attended a Key Leader event may apply to be student facilitators. Key Leader graduates can apply as student facilitators on the Register Now page.

Where can I find more information about Key Leader?

See the schedule of events which includes dates, locations, event contact information and the lead facilitator for each event. E-mail your questions to the contact for the event that interests you. You many also direct questions to the Key Leader staff at Kiwanis International.