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Finish 2016 strong: a high-impact service approach

One reason members love K-Kids: immersive learning. It’s something the club offers that the school day often cannot. By engaging in fundraising, serving and advocacy projects in ways that are playful and relatable, K-Kids members develop a deeper understanding of the “why” behind the service they do.

No matter what service project your K-Kids members choose, they can always take it further. Here’s how.

Almost all service projects require some money. Hosting a fundraiser is a way for members to participate in a philanthropic activity—and relate their fundraising efforts to their ultimate project goal. As members establish a project budget and determine how much money needs to be raised, ask members to consider these questions:

      What is our project goal?

      What items will be needed or used to meet our goal?

      How can we raise money using those (or similar) items?

Example: A K-Kids club pursues a goal to donate purchased food to those in need. To raise funds to buy nonperishable items, the club hosts a bake sale.

Hands-on service
The mission of K-Kids is to teach young people leadership through service. Planning and taking part in service projects is a great way for club members to gain leadership skills. Help them bridge experiential gaps by asking them to consider the following questions as they plan:

      Could our club assist a particular organization?

      Which organizations can we help?

      What is our club capable of?

Example: A K-Kids club pursues a goal to donate food to those in need. To deliver donated food to individuals who need it, the club offers to stock a local food pantry.

K-Kids can make others aware of an issue and encourage them to take action. But first, they have to know the issue themselves. Enrich the member experience by connecting members with educational resources that allow them to learn more. Then encourage members to tell others about what they’ve learned. The following questions can help them identify ways to educate the public about their project:

      What books are available that relate to the project goal?

      What visual resources (videos, movies, magazines) relate to the
       project goal?

      What can our club do to educate others? Who would benefit
      from hearing about our experience?

Example: A K-Kids club decides to donate food to those in need. First, the club reads an age-appropriate book about hunger and then writes a newspaper article about their experiences.

Projects that touch on all three categories of service heighten the impact of members’ work. As a result, K-Kids members discover the heart to serve, answer the call to lead and summon the courage to engage. Members also gain exposure to opportunities they wouldn’t have had otherwise: meeting new people, learning about new organizations and mastering large scale service projects.
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