K.E.Y. is an acronym and it stands for Kiwanis Educating Youth. Key Club is the high school branch of the Kiwanis Family. It is an international service leadership program for high school students. It is the oldest and largest student-led organization whose goal is to teach leadership through serving others.
Key Club is NOT a club where you make keys.
Key Club provides the opportunity for members to work alongside others to help further our school and community. It's a chance to become a part of a worldwide organization. Key Club is also a way for you to give back to the community, make new friends, and get a chance to develop leadership skills. Plus, it looks great on college and scholarship applications.
"Key Club is an international student-led organization which provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character, and develop leadership."
"To develop competent, capable, and caring leaders through the vehicle of service."
The core values of Key Club International are leadership, character building, caring, and inclusiveness.
"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."
The Objectives of Key Club are listed below. The sixfold sixth objective of Key Club incorporates the Six Permanent Objects of Kiwanis International as adopted in 1924:
To develop initiative and leadership.
To provide experience in living and working together.
To serve the school and community.
To cooperate with the school principal.
To prepare for useful citizenship.
To accept and 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 make possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism, and good will.