Service Leadership Programs

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Take the Key Leader Experience Home: Introducing Virtual Key Leader:

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many of our in-person Key Leader programs were postponed to 2021.

Virtual Key Leader will introduce you to the concepts behind Key Leader and give you an opportunity to embrace your own leadership abilities. (Note: Virtual Key Leader is written for those in grade 8 to 12, but the lessons are applicable to a wide range of ages. We encourage adults to participate in the activities with their students or children.)

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More about Key Leader:

Today's high school students are a part of what is considered one of the loneliest generations in history. What difference would it make if students found their fit and committed themselves to their communities early in their high school experience? 

Key Leader teaches service leadership and social-emotional skills essential for students to become values-driven leaders. Based on Robert Greenleaf's "servant leadership" model, and delivered to more than 33,000 students around the world since 2005, Key Leader is an essential program to break down the isolation students face in the era of smartphones.

The Key Leader Curriculum Emphasizes:

  1. Personal Integrity
  2. Personal Growth
  3. Respect
  4. Building Community
  5. Pursuit of Excellence

Program Structure

Each Key Leader program is led by a qualified and certified Lead Facilitator, who oversees the implementation of the curriculum and leads all large group sessions. Older students, including previous Key Leader attendees, serve as small group facilitators for activities in small groups called "neighborhoods."

The program flows through large- and small- group sessions, time for personal reflection, interactive activities, "challenge course" activities, and is anchored by several videos, including a collection from "The Collector of Bedford Street," which follows the community leadership of Larry Selman, known as the "Shepherd of Greenwich Village,"

Key Leader can be used to fit a variety of needs including freshman orientation, a retreat for student leaders or rising student leaders, or simply as a means to establish greater connections between students and their school community. It is designed for students in grades 9, 10, and graduating 8th graders. 

Sponsorship Opportunities

Key Leader programs can be sponsored by any type of organization, including high schools, local businesses, nonprofit foundations, and Kiwanis districts or clubs. High schools can co-sponsor an event with their Key Club or local Kiwanis Club for a reduced rate. 

Contact the Key Leader team to learn more about sponsoring a Key Leader program through your school district, company, foundation, or Kiwanis Club. Learn more about sponsorship on our Partnerships page. 

Since 2005, Key Leader has hosted more than 660 events for more than 33,000 students in 40 U.S. states, seven Canadian provinces as well as in Malaysia, the Cayman Islands, Singapore, Brazil, El Salvador and the Bahamas.

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