Over the years, Kiwanis membership has grown and enthusiasm for its service-based format has spread; in response, Kiwanis has created additional volunteer opportunities for people at every stage of life through its sponsored programs. As part of the Kiwanis Family, Circle K is part of a rich family of organizations dedicated towards one common mission. Below are the other wonderful organizations under the Kiwanis Family:
Kiwanis International is the parent organization of CKI at the college, Key Club at the high school, Builders Club at the junior high/middle school, and K-Kids at the elementary school. A Kiwanis Club consists of leading business and professional people of the community, dedicated to building better communities through altruistic service. Circle K and Kiwanis share the same motto, “We Build.”
An Aktion Club is a community-service group composed of adults who live with disabilities. Kiwanis members focus on not only the social and emotional needs of the clients through Aktion Club, but they also help the agency purchase materials and equipment. Aktion Club members strive to return to their communities the benefits, help, and caring they have received, while at the same time developing important skills.
Kiwanis Junior clubs are recognized in Europe and help to share the Kiwanis service experience with younger adults, ages 18-35. Kiwanis Junior became an official program in 1992 and now includes more than 50 clubs.
Circle K International
Circle K International (CKI) is the premiere university service organization in the world sponsored by Kiwanis International. With clubs on more than 550 campuses globally, programming is based upon the tenets of service, leadership, and fellowship.
Key Club International is a high school-based organization with more than 245,000 members dedicated to helping others, serving their schools, and making their communities better. There are nearly 5,000 high schools around the globe with service-minded members of Key Club.
The original concept of Builders Club (known as Young Builders in the 1930s) was to provide a guidance program to combat disruptive behavior at the junior high and middle school level. From this evolved the idea of a service organization to develop leadership skills in junior high/middle school students interested in making a personal contribution to their home, school, and community.
K-Kids is a “student-led” community service club for elementary-age students that teaches members the value of helping others through participation in community service projects and club activities.