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  • Issue stage: Seeds of service project

    The time for your club members to complete the seeds of service family project (included in the club renewal kit) is almost here. But first, the club needs to continue completing the service project investigation process. There are three stages to including youth in the investigation process of planning a service project: the inspiration stage, issue stage and vision stage. In the February edition of the BC Wire, you learned about the inspiration stage and how to help your students find their passion for a cause that would benefit from a service project. It is now time for the issue stage where Builders Clubs members research the cause or service project selected. Here is an activity to help you lead your club members through this stage. 

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  • The investigation process of a service project

    Involving your club members in the full planning process for a service project can create a big impact and will encourage them to become service leaders. Before executing a service project, have your members engage in the investigation process of a service project. Let’s review the three stages included in the investigation process. 

    The inspiration stage is when youth find their passion for a cause that would benefit from a service project. To help students in this stage, start asking these types of questions: What do you care about? What matters most to you? What can we do to make a difference? What type of service project should we do? Who will our service benefit? It is perfectly okay if your members cannot answer all of these questions because they will be researching these questions more fully in the next stage of the investigation process. 

    The issue stage is when Builders Club members research the cause or service project selected. They need to have a good understanding of the problem or the cause. This is where they can interview professionals, talk to individuals in need and read about the issue to discover what’s currently being done. During this stage, youth begin to fully understand why their service project can be beneficial to the cause and why it is important for them to be involved with the cause.

    The third and final stage of the investigation process is vision. During this stage, youth devise a plan on how they can make the most significant impact. They will need to use what they learned in the issue stage to help them develop a vision. They should answer questions such as: What is currently being done for this cause? Can we join other volunteers or service projects to make a difference? Or, is it better to come up with a new project? How can we inspire others to join us?

    Engaging Builders Club members in this initial stage of a service project will inspire the members. They will be more closely connected to the core issues they are addressing, and they will be more invested in the success of the project. When the project is complete, and you reflect back on this initial stage, you can help club members identify how they strengthened their leadership skills through the process.

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  • Contest entries: There’s still time!

    Two weeks left! The deadline to turn in your club’s contest submissions to your district administrator is April 1st. Show off your talented club members and your club’s success by entering into the Builders Club contests. Get all of the contest details, including contest categories, rules and entry information from the contest booklet.  District winners will then be judged by Kiwanis International. Winners of the international judging will receive one or more of the following: medallions, certificate or trophy. Good luck!

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  • Electing new officers

    April is the ideal time to elect new club officers for the next school year. In March club meetings, begin talking about the responsibilities of the club officers and ask members if they are interested in running for a position. Hold the election in April so that the new club officers have time to meet with the outgoing club officers and start learning and preparing for their new role. For more resources on how to hold an election, see pages 32-39 of the K-Kids & Builders Club advisor guide.

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  • Plan your Kiwanis One Day project

    Each year, all members of the Kiwanis family are encouraged to serve together on Kiwanis One Day. This year, Kiwanis One Day is Saturday, April 11, so mark your calendars and start planning your projects! The goal of Kiwanis One Day is to team up with as many members of the Kiwanis family as possible to work on a service project. There are no rules or restrictions, so be creative!

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