The Youth Services team is a Kiwanis Club committee devoted to kids. Here is how we help:
Shoes and boots for needy children
Administered by the Jackson Public Schools, this program fits hundreds of pre-school through twelfth grade students in regular or orthotic shoes and boots. The Kiwanis Club of Jackson funds the project, at a cost of approximately $10,000 each year. Since 1939, we have supplied 20,000 pairs of shoes and boots.
Here are some thank you's:
"Thanks for the voucher for my shoes. That helped my mom save money for winter coats, gloves and snow pants. You are the best people, I love you Kiwanis."
"With economic times being what they are, this boot voucher helps more than you could know. Thank you and may God Bless You."
Meet Demarion, a second grader, and his teacher Tammy Bosom, from Cascades Elementary School in Jackson (photo below). Demarion was in desperate need of a pair of shoes that fit him correctly. Thanks to the Kiwanis Club of Jackson's Shoes and Boots program, Demarion picked out a striking pair of Nike shoes at no cost to him. In the past, he has always worn hand-me-downs or used shoes from local thrift shops. He was all smiles today and says, "I'll be able to run really fast!"
Dictionaries to Third Graders
The Kiwanis Club gives dictionaries to third graders in the Jackson Public and Vandercook Lake School districts. In 2015, we handed out approximately 500 dictionaries.
Here are some thank you's:
"Thank you for the wonderful dictionary. I can use it to help me when I am writing."
"I want to thank you for the dictionary. I will use it always. I needed one for home."
The Jackson Kiwanis Club offers scholarships to local high school graduates whose goals are consistent with Kiwanis values of leadership and community service. The application is released each winter on this website.
The Jackson Kiwanis Club sponsors a Key Club at Jackson High School. Key Club is an international student-led organization which provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character and develop leadership. Our Key Clubbers volunteer at our Halloween Party, the Travel Adventure Film Series, Chili Golf Classic and much more. They helped create dolls for kids in Africa and prepared planters in downtown Jackson (and then planted the flowers).
K-Kids was chartered at McCulloch Academy of Technology and Science in Jackson on August 24, 2009. The club has a membership of 20 students from the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. Its purpose is to instill volunteerism at a young age.
K-Kids is a leadership program for elementary students. It empowers children to lead by teaching them leadership through service. The students choose their own leaders and decide their own projects. The students are supervised by a faculty advisor and a club advisor.
Kiwanis Club members mentor children at Bennett Elementary School (i.e. reading to students, working with them on math problems, administering a Mileage Program during recess, sponsoring a field trip or an assembly, etc.). Every two years, the club partners with another elementary school in Jackson Public Schools.
Every Halloween for more than 45 years, Kiwanians throw a Halloween Party in the evening at the Kiwanis Park, in partnership with the city of Jackson. That’s at the corners of Blakely Street and Elm Avenue. Club members serve cider and donuts to hundreds of families.
Movies for Kids
The club sponsors children’s movies at local theatres and members greet the children. The club sponsors ten weeks (four days a week) in the summer, two weeks over Christmas Vacation, and one week over Spring Break. More than 10,000 people attend.