Serving Children


Our Passion: Serving Children

Our service to the children of the world starts in our hometown!

SERVICE LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS

The Kiwanis Club of Mansfield sponsors the following service leadership programs:

  • Mansfield High School Key Club

  • Summit High School Key Club

  • Frontier High School Key Club

  • Lake Ridge High School Key Club

  • Mary Orr Intermediate School Builders Club

Through its Service Leadership Programs, Kiwanis teaches young leaders new ways to change the world by serving one child and one community at a time. Service Leadership is the next step beyond service learning. Once a young person fully understands the concept of learning by helping others, he or she begins to grow personally as a leader.

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FEED THE KIDS FOR SUMMER PROGRAM

Mansfield Kiwanis, MISD and Common Ground: Feed the Kids

Feed the Kids Program

     In 2006 Common Ground created a way to help feed children during the summer that relied on the Federal free or reduced lunch program during the school year by creating the Feed the Kids Program.

    Money for this program was in very short supply until The Kiwanis Club of Mansfield heard about the efforts of Common Ground and joined forces to meet the needs of these children. The following year The Mansfield Kiwanis provided substantial financial resources, volunteers and bags to support the Feed the Kids Program.

   The number of children served has increased more than four fold since its inception. The Mansfield Kiwanis continue to support the Feed the Kids for Summer Program. Club Member Phil Stover is a Co-Chair of this program.

Click Here for More Information on the Feed the Kids for Summer Program.

PROTECTING CHILDREN

Nothing is more important than the well-being of those we serve. To help Kiwanians protect youth, Kiwanis International has opened a hotline to report a troubling incident involving a youth and/or club member. The hotline is available in two ways:

During the convention in Chiba, Japan, the Kiwanis International Board of Trustees approved the addition of Section 9 to Article VIII of the organization’s bylaws—providing direction to clubs regarding “depraved or unacceptable behavior in relation to youth or children.” One new requirement was for a Kiwanis club to report such behavior, and such a club member, to the proper authorities and to Kiwanis International.

With the new hotline, Kiwanis is helping ensure that members have a way to do so promptly. What kinds of behavior should be reported?

  • Documented and confirmed inappropriate touching

  • Documented and confirmed inappropriate sexual or bullying conversations

  • Documented and confirmed behavior that would be considered contributing to the delinquency of a minor (such as alcohol or drugs)

  • A felony conviction involving children or youth

It might be hard to believe that such an incident involving a youth or a club member could happen in any club or community. But there are countless examples among all types of youth service organizations. That’s why Kiwanis International provides club members with information and resources regarding youth protection. Find these resources and links to key information at www.KiwanisOne.org/youthprotection.