Slauson Middle School
Builders Club Guidelines
Created July 2000, revised Sept. 2000, by Jeannine LaSovage, Doris
Sprentall, and Rachel Knopf
"Everyone can be great, because everyone can serve." -Martin Luther
"Builders Clubs - We serve to build community"
"Builders Clubs - Giving back to our community"
"Builders Clubs - Building a future for our school and community"
"Builders Clubs - School and community service"
"Builders Clubs - Building relationships in our school and community"
Builders Clubs are co-educational service organizations sponsored by
Kiwanis clubs. They provide young people of Junior High or Middle School
age with the opportunity to help others, to serve their community and
school, and to build a positive future for themselves. Clubs are a means to
demonstrate how we value young people and to recognize their achievements,
community contributions, and personal and collective potentials.
See Kiwanis International: www.buildersclub.org/bwhat.htm
We acknowledge the complex challenges that young people face in our complex
world. Through Builders Clubs, we will strive to provide as many
opportunities as possible for our middle school students to become active,
involved, articulate, and responsible citizens within their schools and
within the broader community where they live. We understand that these
clubs will empower youth and promote a local youth service movement, which
will in turn create a healthier community, foster citizenship of all youth
and adults involved, and encourage the personal development of our young
Service America: Making Service the Common Experience of All Young
Americans, at www.ysa.org
Goals for Builders Clubs
Builders Clubs are ideally suited for students in the age range of 11-15 to
- Provide youth opportunities to work together in service to their
school and their community
- Develop leadership potential
- Foster development of strong moral character
- Encourage loyalty to school, community, and nation
Kiwanis Club Roles
Kiwanis Clubs responsibilities include
- Initiate the development and organization of a Builders Club in
accordance with guidelines provided by Kiwanis International
- Obtain the approval and ownership of a club from school officials
so it is established as a school-sanctioned organization
- Recruit initial members
- Schedule the organizational meetings
- File the Petition for Charter with the one-time payment of a $70
charter fee (No annual fees are required)
- Plan for the charter presentation event
- After the club is fully operating, provide continuous coordination,
counsel, and assistance
The Builders Club is a local organization only; there is no division,
district, or international Builders Club. There are no club or per-member
fees to Kiwanis International Clubs. Clubs may charge dues, but it is
recommended that dues do not exceed $1 per member. Clubs may be co-sponsored
by Kiwanis, Key, and Circle K Clubs.
Advisor and Co-Coordinator Roles
The school staff advisor is fundamentally responsible for the Builders Club.
It is proposed that 2 Kiwanis and 2 University of Michigan Circle K members
be co-coordinators for each Builders Club to support the advisor and youth
with planning and projects.
We recognize three basic keys to quality youth development: hands-on
activities, appropriate adult mentors, and opportunities to engage in
From University of Minnesota Extension Service:
Youth development, or the process of growing up and developing one's
capacities, happens no matter what we do. The challenge is to promote
positive youth development and to plan quality experiences with young
people. The following guide is a working tool to stimulate, challenge, and
encourage youth and adults as they work together to plan, implement, and
evaluate quality club and community service experiences.
Possible Goals for Fall 2000
- Establish weekly club meetings at Slauson.
Help students define
their mission and goals; market their club to their peers and school;
recruit members, and have at least one purely fun activity at each
- Students plan and implement 1 or 2 service projects.
in assessing school and neighborhood needs, identifying who is already
doing community service work, and choosing 1 or 2 short-term projects
they want to do. May be something purely on their own or with an
existing school or community group.
- Students work with Kiwanis and/or Circle K to help them with 1 or 2
Assist students looking at projects Kiwanis and
Circle K are doing in the fall, picking a couple they would like to
help out with, and contacting/arranging to partner with them.
- Paint pumpkins and give away
- Blood Drive - With UM Circle K: Have flyers to pass out while
trick or treating?
- "Safe Kids" Program: Go to feeder elementary schools
- Anna Botsford Bach Home: Sponsor bingo or another monthly activity
- VA Hospital: Decorate cafeteria monthly; make meal favors; collect
clothing, toiletries, magazines
- Canned Food Drive for needy families
- Christmas: Salvation Army Bell-Ringing with Kiwanians
- Students select personal discovery and career/college planning
workshops they would like for themselves (and might offer to peers)
from UM Reach Out! Open to do 1-2 workshops with them this semester.
Some members may want to work with Karyl to become workshop
- If some students have particular career interests, Karyl and Gene may
try to hook them up with a Kiwanis career mentor. Career fair with
Neutral Zone in April?
- End of semester recognition at Kiwanis meeting. Time for Builders Club
members to share what they have done this semester, things they have
had fun doing, projects on their own and with Kiwanis and/or Circle K,
etc. Kiwanis to give them something in recognition of their club and
personal service to community, too.