2022 An Evening with Kiwanis for Kids

2022 An Evening with Kiwanis for Kids

Held on September 29th, 2022 at the John S. Knight Center in Akron, Ohio, An Evening with Kiwanis for Kids was a spectacular night in which we all came together in recognizing Akron school educators, celebrating student and community supporters, and promoting youth service leadership clubs throughout Akron-area schools by becoming a supporter and helping us promote the club's mission of Building Leaders One Child at a Time. A special thanks to our sponsors, with whom we could not have held such a wonderful event. If you were unable to join us, you can see images and information from the evening below. 

Photos from the Evening

Justin Hilton, The evenings EmCee

Our Grant Recipients

We gave 4 grants worth $2000 each to The Akron Area YMCA, The Christ Child Society, The Greenleaf Family Foundation, and The Well CDC12

Our Award Recipients

The awards presentation included the David James Excellent Educator Award, presented to retired Akron Public Schools Superintendent David James, the Kiwanis Community Advocate Award, presented to the LeBron James Family Foundation, and the Student Future Leader Award, presented to Tallmadge Public School student Samantha Blatt.

Thanks to the Miller South Jazz Band for music during our event,.

Additional photos from the evening

Why should you support An Evening With Kiwanis for Kids?

Proceeds raised will be used to grow and maintain Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs (SLPs.) SLPs prepare people of all ages to be the most engaged members of their communities and provides them an opportunity to begin or continue a lifelong journey of service. SLPs are leadership and character-building programs hosted in a school and sponsored and supported by a Kiwanis club. The Foundation and Akron Club currently support the following SLP clubs: Builders Club, Key Club, and Aktion Club.

Our primary goal is to grow and maintain service leadership programs (Builders Clubs) for each public and private middle school in the Greater Akron area. A Builders Club—the largest service organization for middle school students ages 11 to 15—is designed to provide members with opportunities to perform service, build character, and develop leadership. The club is student led, operates under school regulations, and draws its members from the student body. When started at a young age, the service club experience prepares its members to become the most engaged members of their communities—now and in the future.

We know the transition from grade school to middle school can be tough for any adolescent boy or girl. Common challenges children face include dealing with social pressures, making new friends, communicating with teachers, confronting bullies, becoming a positive contributor, bouncing back from failure and disappointments, and learning about the world. With your help, our middle school-aged children will have access to programming and resources that will help them transition into confident young adults.

Children can continue in service leadership programs during the high school years by being members of a Key Club. Members around the world are learning how to lead and stand for what’s right through service and volunteerism. In partnership with our local Kiwanis Club, high school students are making a positive impact as they serve others in their schools and communities.
Kiwanis Aktion Klub
Kiwanis Builders Club
Kiwanis Key Clubb
Kiwanis Student Leader programs