As volunteers in Kiwanis we support children by being a guiding light through mentorship. When we involve youth in our service projects, we teach them the value of helping others. We reinforce the importance of our mission. We empower them through action, that they can change their world.
Our role in building Service Leadership Programs is to develop future leaders. We believe that through our direction, we can influence children to become strong leaders as teens, and valuable contributors to our communities as they become adults.
It is heartbreaking to see a child lost in substance use. The destruction of the family unit fighting to save their child, and unable to find a solution. It emphasizes the importance of Kiwanis and what we do to prevent children from taking this path, the value of our SLP’s to teach them resiliency skills leading to a better life.
Through our work in Kiwanis we truly “improve the world one child and one community at a time.” I am proud of the work we have done this year. Kiwanis Division 42 is a significant force supporting and sometimes changing and saving lives. Stay the course and be a member of action and a contributor to our cause.
In my career I work with children and families experiencing challenges. Some teens are having tremendous challenges navigating the tide of adolescents. They find they are in waters riddled with mines. If they choose to drink alcohol and smoke marijuana they are accepted. If they follow the rules and stay clean of substances, while they are praised by their parents, they often feel left out by their peers.