Children’s Fund grant will help Key Leader reach more teens

Nov 26, 2018

They often arrive a little wary, unsure of what the weekend will bring. They return home with a new perspective, a boosted confidence and a commitment to servant leadership. 

Since 2005, more than 32,000 teens have participated in a Key Leader event, learning the principles of personal integrity, growth, respect, community and the pursuit of excellence. 

The Kiwanis Children’s Fund has been a supporter of Key Leader since its inception. 

In October, the Kiwanis Children’s Fund awarded a grant of US$60,000 to help expand Key Leader into areas that had not been served in the recent past.

“We’re extremely excited because this grant program can produce as many as 20 new Kiwanis district or club-hosted Key Leader events,” said Stan Soderstrom, executive director of 
Kiwanis International. “Based on our average event attendance, at least 1,500 teens will be able to experience this outstanding, experiential leadership weekend.”

The grant will provide Kiwanis-family entities, such as a club, district or foundation, with a 50 percent discount to sponsor a new event in 2019. 

Kiwanis Children’s Fund President George E.H. Cadman, Q.C., noted that support for Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs is one of the five causes of the Children’s Fund. The Key Leader grant is an important part of the board’s fulfillment of that cause. 

Consistent with our mission, this support will enable Kiwanis clubs and districts to expand, advance and improve delivery of this program,” Cadman said. “Through Key Leader, as well as CKI and Key Club, Kiwanis is developing the leaders of tomorrow today. This grant is an investment in the future leadership of our communities.”

During Key Leader weekends, a professional facilitator and volunteers lead students through large- and small-group workshops, discussions and team-building activities. Students learn leadership skills that help them change their schools, communities and the world for the better.

Key Leader events have been held in every Kiwanis district. 

For more information about sponsoring a Key Leader event, go to You can also contact Dick Peterson by email at 
or by phone at (317) 217-6124.