What is Key Club?

Key Club International is the high school organization sponsored by Kiwanis International. Key Club assists Kiwanis in carrying out its mission to serve the children of the world. High school student members of Key Club perform acts of service in their communities, such as cleaning up parks, collecting clothing and organizing food drives. They also learn leadership skills by running meetings, planning projects and holding elected leadership positions at the club, district and international levels.

Key Club International brings together all Key Club's members' efforts and energies into an area that makes an international impact through the Major Emphasis, "Children: Their Future, Our Focus.” The Major Emphasis unites Key Clubs under the banner of service that deals with the most important part of our community, our youth. 

The Key Club service initiative is the hands-on element of the Major Emphasis. All of the hands-on service provided to children by Key Club International members is directed to a single area of need, to make a substantial impact. The current service initiative, The Eliminate Project, allows Key Clubbers joining forces with Kiwanis International and UNICEF eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus.

Each year, Key Club International teams up with its three partner organizations, March of DimesChildren’s Miracle Network and UNICEF, for the fundraising element of the Major Emphasis. As you plan your club’s service programming for the year, keep these organizations in mind. Each Key Club is encouraged to participate with our partners as we join together to make a difference in the lives of children.

The Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City currently sponsors Key Clubs at the following high schools:

Atholton High School

Glenelg High School

Marriotts Ridge High School

River Hill High School

The club is also working with students at the following high schools to charter a Key Club:

Long Reach High School

Mt. Hebron High School

Centennial High School


Are you are interested in starting a Key Club at your high school?  If so, please contact the Service Leadership Program Committee Co-chairs, Michael Ball & Jennifer Hiscock.