Start samenwerking Kiwanis en JCI

Start samenwerking Kiwanis en JCI

JCI en Kiwanis international hebben 30 juli een Memorandum of Understanding getekend voor samenwerking, o.a. in projecten voor kinderen en doorstroom van leden van Junior Kamers naar Kiwanis Clubs.

Two international organizations that provide service to more than 80 nations have partnered to extend their reach to communities around the world, with the purpose of uniting civil society and engaging global active citizens to create sustainable impact.

The partnership of Kiwanis International and Junior Chamber International (JCI) will allow both organizations more opportunities to reach the next generation of leaders, perform service projects that engage communities and provide lasting impact and give opportunities for leadership development.

“This partnership will benefit Kiwanis and JCI,” said Stan Soderstrom, executive director of Kiwanis International. “Our missions are parallel as we both work hard to improve communities around the world. Kiwanis’ focus is on addressing the needs of children and JCI focuses on providing development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change.”

Kiwanis is a global organization of club members who serve the children of the world, starting in their communities and providing help where needed. With more than 600,000 members, Kiwanis clubs raise more than US$100 million annually while dedicating 18.5 million volunteer hours to strengthen communities and serve children. Kiwanis has clubs for people of all ages, from elementary school through adulthood. JCI focuses efforts on young adults ages 18 to 40 years of age, addressing local challenges and collaborating with community partners to effect positive change.

Soderstrom says Kiwanis offers multiple opportunities for leadership growth and development. “Beginning with elementary school children and our Kiwanis K-Kids clubs, Builders Clubs for middle school students, through Key Club for high school students, we offer opportunities to serve and develop leadership skills that will last a lifetime. Our Circle K clubs for college students give young people an opportunity to continue with Kiwanis once out of high school, and our Aktion Club gives adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to serve their communities. Our Kiwanis clubs, in existence for 100 years, offer like-minded individuals an opportunity to serve together to help their communities.”

JCI’s members, who age out of the organization when they turn 40, can look to Kiwanis for similar service and leadership opportunities, Soderstrom said. Both groups will have a network of JCI alumni who remain engaged in their communities, offering guidance, help and support.

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