Sponsored by Kiwanis International, the Key Club invites high school students to change the world for the better. With the motto “Caring: Our Way of Life,” this international organization provides important leadership, character development, and social opportunities to youths. Through local initiatives, Key Club members can improve their own communities by cleaning parks, running food drives, and volunteering with other service groups.
Globally, the Eliminate Project is one of the Key Club’s biggest programs. A joint initiative between Kiwanis International and UNICEF, the Eliminate Project is dedicated to ending maternal and neonatal tetanus. Every year, nearly 60,000 newborns die of the disease, following a short life of sensitivity to light and touch. To eradicate this problem, nearly 130 million mothers in mostly developing countries must receive immunizations. This program requires approximately $110 million for completion, and the Key Club helps raise money toward this goal. Kiwanis International and UNICEF expect the Eliminate Project to rank among its most important successes.