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  • The IDEA Toolkit is coming your way!

    The best way to help young people develop into lifelong servant leaders is to give them personal experience in high-impact service. That’s what K-Kids is all about: members see how they can make a difference and become leaders through service.

    And that’s why we’ve created the IDEA Toolkit: to help guide K-Kids clubs’ advisors as they empower students to find their passion for service and take the lead in service projects that make a lasting impact in their school and/or community. Of course, we know that each club is different. The IDEA Toolkit is tailored specifically for K-Kids members, and it’s designed for advisors and club officers to pick and choose activities they feel would most benefit their club.

    The IDEA Toolkit is comprised of four steps:
    • Identify the Need
    • Develop the Passion
    • Execute the Project
    • Advance the Impact
    Each step contains instructions, handouts and tools for club officers. Advisors and club officers should review the toolkit together before getting started--and then use it as a resource along the way. Although we recommend spending four weeks on each step, there is no set timeline for using the IDEA Toolkit.

    Using Identify the Need
    As your club gets up and running, members will be excited to choose their focus for their first service project. Every school and community needs some kind of service. But how do you know what to do? To answer that question, the first step in IDEA is Identify the Need. First, your club should identify the service need you want to address. In this step, your club will investigate your school and community needs to identify how the club can help.

    Goals:
    • Club members will explore their own abilities and interests to learn more about themselves.
    • Club members will explore possible service needs in their area through personal reflection as well as gathering others’ point of view and observations.
    • Club members will understand how their club can make a difference by asking lots of questions.
    • Club members will choose a service need together as a club.
    Planning:

    Advisors and club officers should:

    • Read through all the outlines and worksheets included in the Identify the Need section of the IDEA Toolkit. View them online at kkids.org/IDEA.
    • Work together to decide which activities to do during meetings—and which ones members should do on their own.
    • Figure out which club officer will lead the club through each activity and how to get the best results.
    • Have fun and be proud that your club is making a big difference! When your club has successfully identified the need, it will help members feel more connected to the service project they ultimately select.


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  • Help eliminate MNT: Trick or Treat for UNICEF

    Halloween is your club members’ chance to save lives and have fun—for less than the cost of a bag of Halloween candy. It’s easy to participate. Here are five simple steps to pass along to club members so they can plan their project:

    • Pick a fundraiser. Collect funds door-to-door. Dance the night away alongside vampires and werewolves. Host a "trunk-or-treat." Enjoy an old-fashioned pumpkin pie bake-off. The ideas are endless. Click here to find a few!
    • Set your goal. Estimate what you'll raise through your project. Then subtract your expenses. This is your fundraising goal.
    • Get supplies. Do you have everything you need to host your fundraiser? Order collection boxes at the Kiwanis Family Store. Do you need decorations, food or costumes? Consider asking for donations from local businesses or even large chain stores.
    • Promote your event. Check out our social media graphics to promote your event online. Or make your own flier or display. Let everyone know about the upcoming event and how they can donate. And share the information with your sponsoring Kiwanis club. 
    • Submit your donations. Send your donations to the Kiwanis Children’s Fund, along with the donation form. If your club submits US$250 Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF donations by December 31, 2017, your club will earn a banner patch.
    Thank you for helping the Kiwanis family eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. For more information, visit our Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF webpage. Or email The Eliminate Project campaign staff.

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