Key Leader is scheduled for May 5-7, 2017 at Camp Wingmann in Avon Park, FL with special celebrity Lead Facilitator Jane Erickson, 2016-2017 Kiwanis International President.
Cost is $250 per student ($225 for Key Club members). Scholarships available.
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Key Leader is a weekend experiential leadership program for today's young leaders. This life-changing event focuses on service leadership as the first, most meaningful leadership-development experience. A Key Leader will learn the most important lesson of leadership—it comes from helping others succeed. 

Participants begin by attending a Key Leader conference, which is a weekend retreat. Large and small group workshops, discussions and team-building activities take place over the course of the weekend. Students have opportunities to learn leadership skills that will help them to change their schools, communities, and world for the better. While exploring leadership in a whole new way, participants will make amazing new friends and have experiences they will never forget. Positive, ongoing interaction with other Key Leader graduates offers continuing reinforcement, encouragement and growth of leadership skills. 

Since April 2005 Key Leader has served nearly 30,000 students at nearly 60 Key Leader events in 40 U.S. states, 7 Canadian provinces, Malaysia, Brazil, Cayman Islands, El Salvador and Singapore. Read what some of these graduates say about the Key Leader experience.

Kiwanis international is committed to serving the needs of children. The Kiwanis presence is felt in nearly 100 nations and geographic areas worldwide. Working together, about 8,000 clubs make a difference locally, nationally and globally. 

Since 1925, Kiwanis International has positively impacted the lives of young leaders through its youth leadership organizations. Many credit these programs for their first taste of leadership, including senators, governors, university presidents, corporate executives and an United States president.

In 2003, Kiwanis International assembled a task force of professionals with more than 175 years of experience in teaching, coaching, developing and encouraging young leaders. They were asked to design a program that moves beyond where most other youth leadership programs stop. The result: Key Leader.

Kiwanis International continues to support the Key Leader program, sponsoring more than 50 weekend experiences throughout the world annually. Kiwanis clubs sponsor Key Leader participants and promote the program in their communities. Many Kiwanians also enjoy volunteering on the weekend retreats as chaperones, such as those pictured to the left. Pictured to the right are many of the Kiwanis members who dedicate countless hours as Key Leader district chairs and site coordinators. Key Leader wouldn't be possible with out them. Learn more about how you can get involved!

Key Leader Principles
The Key Leader program is built on five essential principles. These principles reflect our mission to inspire young people to achieve their personal best through service leadership:

  • Personal Integrity: Doing the right thing 
  • Personal Growth: Developing in mind, body, and spirit 
  • Respect: Showing consideration for self, others, and property 
  • Building Community: Developing relationships to achieve positive goals 
  • Pursuit of Excellence: Expecting and achieving the best
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