Welcome back and happy Kiwanis new year! As the calendar rolls to October 1, it is time to celebrate a fresh start for all of our Kiwanis family programs. Before we jump straight into the year head, let’s take a minute to celebrate the progress of our Service Leadership Programs (SLPs) this past year.
Last October we launched our Homecoming initiative. With the pandemic continuing, we knew it would be difficult for many of our clubs to come back and begin meeting and serving again. We launched a suite of resources to assist clubs with service, leadership and connecting. Our leaders found new partners and new opportunities to strengthen all of our clubs and programs.
Thanks to an enthusiastic response to the Homecoming initiative, we are pleased to announce that we saw outstanding growth in 2021-2022 across all five SLPs. We appreciate everyone who found a way to keep service and leadership programs thriving in your schools and communities.
Thank you for your membership and commitment to Kiwanis Youth Programs and Service Leadership Programs. Together we are over 300,000 strong, working together to serve and lead. Collectively we provide over a million hours of service each year as we tackle critical issues such as water scarcity, hunger, environmental issues, access to education and more. You are all not just future leaders — you are leaders today. And you are all making a difference each and every day.
Thank you for your service and your dedication to making your community and world a better place.
Kiwanis Youth Programs Executive Director