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Key Clubs promote the ideals of voluntary service to others and provides high school students with opportunities for leadership development. Each Key Club member is required to perform at least 50 hours of service work each year.

The objectives of Key Clubs are:

  • 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

Key Club began modestly, with 15 members at Sacramento High School in California in 1925. In that era, high school fraternities were a growing problem. To provide a positive outlet for student energies, a club for "key" students was proposed to help students develop their career plans and encourage voluntary service to the school and community. The Sacramento High School Key Club is still meeting today, 73 years later.

Today, Key Clubs are the world's largest service club for high school students, and has over 217,000 members. Key Clubs are active in over 4,800 high schools in the United States, Canada, and 18 other nations. Every year, two hundred or more new Key Clubs are added to this fast growing organization. Well over 1 million adult men and women today can look back on Key Club as part of their high school experience. For more information, see the Key Club International WEB Site and the New York District Key Club Web Site.

The following Key Clubs are sponsored by the Kiwanis Clubs in the Van Rensselaer Division. Information about any of the Key Clubs listed below may be obtained by contacting the president of the Kiwanis Club that sponsors that Key Club.

The Web Site for the New York Division Key Club District 18 may be seen at District 18 Key Club Home Page. The Facebook page for district 18 may be seen at Facebook Page. The Lt. Governor of District 18, Sarah Brady, may be contacted by e-mail at "sarahbrady.ltg@nydkc.org."