Kiwanis International empowers people at every stage of life to become competent, capable and compassionate leaders by helping them learn to help others. Through its Service Leadership Programs, Kiwanis enables its youth and adult leaders to serve their communities, opening doors for them to change the world.
Kiwanis members have the privilege of serving and guiding these young leaders.
The Cornhusker Kiwanis Club sponsors three Kiwanis Key Clubs for youth leadership development. One at Southeast High School, another at Southwest High School and most recently a club at Lincoln High School. These clubs are self-governed and select their own community service projects. High school student members of the Kiwanis 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. Members typically attend regional and national conventions.
The Cornhusker Kiwanis Club sponsors a Kiwanis Builders Club for middle school youth at the Scott Middle School. Kiwanis Builders Club is an international student-led organization providing members with opportunities to perform service, build character and develop leadership This club conducts regular monthly meetings and develops community service projects such as Retirement Home visits, food collection for People's City Mission, Matt Talbot Kitchen or the Food Bank.
The Cornhusker Kiwanis Club sponsors Kiwanis K-Kids Clubs at the Adams Elementary School and Holmes Elementary School. Kiwanis K-Kids is an international student-led organization providing members with opportunities to perform service, build character and develop leadership. These clubs introduce young members to the rewards of community service and other club activities.
The Cornhusker Kiwanis Club sponsors the Lincoln Kiwanis Aktion Club for persons living with disabilities. Kiwanis Aktion Clubs draw members from various organizations that support individuals with disabilities, as well as other community programs. These members have a strong desire to "give back to the community" through their club activities.
The Cornhusker Kiwanis Club annually sponsors at least one teenager to the Kiwanis Key Leader weekend leadership retreat at a facility conducive for interacting with all particpants. Attendees learn leadership skills and fellowship with over eighty other youth and leaders.
Young Children Priority One (YCPO) is an ongoing community service program of Kiwanis International clubs that addresses the needs of children age 0–5. All clubs are encouraged to carry out at least two YCPO projects per calendar year, though many clubs are able to do more—serving children, families and communities.