What is Key Club?
Key Club is our name and service is our game! Key Club International is an organization that inspires youth to actively engage in our society. It provides its members opportunities to provide service, build character, and develop leadership while transforming communities. Every week, we go to various community service events around New York City. Common activities include working in soup kitchens, beautifying local parks, volunteering or walking in charity walks, and so much more. We hold various fundraisers and projects throughout the year to benefit the charities of our choice. In the past, we raised thousands of dollars for Water.org and the Nepal Youth Foundation, helping youth in need from other parts of the world. In addition to club activities, we are part of a network with other Key Clubs from all over New York City, and we plan exciting movie and ice skating fundraisers, conferences, and picnics with them as well.
The first Key Club formed in 1925 in Sacramento, California, with 11 charter members. Key Club was the idea of two Sacramento Kiwanis Club members, Albert C. Olney and Frank C. Vincent, who also were high school administrators. They approached their Kiwanis club with the idea of starting a junior service club in the high school. It would resemble Kiwanis, have its own classifications based on school interests and hold luncheon meetings.
The club was comprised of the key boys in the school, willing to serve the school in any way possible and to create better school spirit. Thus, the club was dubbed Key Club. Soon, the club that started out as a vocational guidance program expanded to become a complete service organization for the whole school. It also offered a social aspect to balance its service activities. Today, Key Club is the oldest and largest service program for high school students in the world.
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.
Key Club aims to provide high school students with invaluable experience in living and working together and to prepare them for useful citizenship. Our members develop initiative and leadership skills by serving their schools and communities.
In doing so, we hope to 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 is a growing organization with global reach. With thousands of clubs in more than 38 countries, the impact of Key Club members can be felt all over the world. Key Club members around the world are learning how to lead and stand for what’s right through service and volunteerism. In partnership with their local Kiwanis club, high school students are making a positive impact as they serve others in their schools and communities.
Kiwanis Club: a global community of clubs, members, and partners dedicated to improving the lives of children one community at a time. Today, they stand with more than 550,000 members from K-Kids to Builders Club to Key Club to Circle K to Kiwanis. Kiwanis is active in 80 countries and geographic areas. Each community has different needs, and Kiwanis empowers members to pursue creative ways to serve the needs of children, such as fighting hunger, improving literacy, and offering guidance.
We provide our members with opportunities to serve, build character, and develop leadership. High school student member as of Key Club perform acts of service in their communities, such as cleaning up parks, collecting clothing and organizing food drives. They also learn leadership skills by running meetings, planning projects and holding elected leadership positions at the club, district and international levels.
Leadership: Leadership is grounded in humility and service to others. A true leader listens, recognizes, and empowers.
Character Building: Character is built by everyday acts of kindness, integrity and teamwork to grow stronger relationships and communities.
Caring: Compassion for others is a cornerstone of the Key Club experience, inspiring action and service to one’s community.
Inclusiveness: We welcome people of all backgrounds and ethnicities to join in serving and making a positive difference in our world.