Kiwanis International was founded in Detroit, Michigan in 1915, and has since grown to include about 8,000 clubs in 96 countries. Kiwanis is a community service organization, and our mission is to serve the children of the world. While our members are active in short- or long-term service projects in the community, Kiwanis is most proud of our dedication to the development of student leadership. Through our Kiwanis Family of organizations, we make a difference in every level of education, and work year-round with a youth membership of 320,000 worldwide.
Kiwanis sponsors five organizations dedicated to developing the ideals of servant leadership in youth and in the community. Elementary schools are host to our youngest population of leaders, Kiwanis Kids, or K-Kids. Builders Clubs are formed for students in middle schools. Our high schools are homes for the world's largest student-led service organization, Key Club International. Kiwanis builds our college students into professional servant leaders through Circle K International (CKI) on campuses worldwide. Adults with disabilities often face challenges in every day life, but that doesn't stop them from serving their communities through the Kiwanis-sponsored organization, AKtion Club.
Boynton Beach Kiwanis is the proud sponsor of three Sponsored Leadership Programs, with a K-Kids at Crosspointe Elementary, and Builders Clubs at Christa McAuliffe Middle and St. Mark's Catholic School. We are also involved in many other local elementary schools in another Kiwanis initiative, Bring Up Grades (BUG) and Terrific Kids programs, designed to promote personal and academic growth in schools.
While our programs in the schools are our biggest commitment, Boynton Kiwanis also has several signature service projects performed regularly. We recognize a member of the Boynton Beach Police Department monthly at our meetings, host a Child ID Card project yearly, and raise money for community projects and programs with our fishing tournament.