Key Leader

Today's high school students are a part of what is considered one of the loneliest generations in history. What difference would it make if students found their fit and committed themselves to their communities early in their high school experience? 

Key Leader teaches service leadership and social-emotional skills essential for students to become values-driven leaders. Based on Robert Greenleaf's "servant leadership" model, and delivered to more than 33,000 students around the world since 2005, Key Leader is an essential program to break down the isolation students face in the era of smartphones.

The Key Leader curriculum emphasizes:

  1. Personal Integrity
  2. Personal Growth
  3. Respect
  4. Building Community
  5. Pursuit of Excellence


Our curriculum is led by certified, professional lead facilitators, and focuses on 9th and 10th grade students. Older students serve as student facilitators for small group sessions and spring programs are open to graduating 8th grade students.    Participants learn to identify their values, set SMART goals, and find their fit within their local and high school communities — all of which are essential to positive social-emotional development. Continued year-round engagement is possible through Key Club, the oldest and largest student-led community service organization for high school students.

Cost & Payment Information

Student Participants


Student Facilitators


Adult Chaperones

$100 with current background screen/$125 if screening is needed

Check Payable to:

" SW District Kiwanis Foundation"

Please Mail Payment to:

Jim Sowers, Treasurer
SW District Kiwanis Foundation
5318 Kings Row NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109

Required Forms

Student participants, student facilitators and adult volunteers will need to download the forms listed below. The Key Leader Community Values and Medical Release Form will need to be completed, signed and brought to Kamp.



Is your Kiwanis Club or business (or you individually) interested in sponsoring a student participant? You can sponsor a specific individual or make funds available for a student needing financial assistance.

Student Facilitators


Are you a current high school student who attended a prior Key Leader? Take your Key Leader experience to the next level by applying to be a Student Facilitator. Indicate your preference in the Registration Form.

Adult Volunteers


Adult volunteers and chaperons are welcome! Get a front row seat at this life changing weekend. We are also looking for drivers to transport students to Kamp. All adults will be required to have current Kiwanis background screens. 



Click below to download our flyer designed specifically for parents considering sending their student(s) to Key Leader.



Frequently it is the teachers and school councilors who recognize the students who can most benefit from Key Leader. Download our Educator flyer below.


What is Key Leader

 Key Leader is Kiwanis International's leadership education program for students ages 14-18.  The Key Leader mission is to provide a life-changing experience that inspires young people to achieve their personal best through service leadership. This youth leadership program is gold-seal sanctioned by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the United States Army. 

Who can attend a Key Leader?

Key Leader is open to ALL students ages 14 to 18. Participants are NOT required to be members of a Kiwanis service leadership program (like Builder's Club or Key Club). There is no limit on the number of participants from the same school; however,  space is limited with registration capped at 60 participants.

I attended Key Leader last year. Can I go again?

Yes!  In fact, students who have attended a Key Leader event previously may apply to be student facilitators.  Student facilitator spots are limited, so if a student is not able to participate as a student facilitator, they are still welcome to attend Key Leader again. 

Can I sponsor a student?

Absolutely! Doing so may change a life! You can sponsor a student's registration in whole or in part. See the "Sponsor" section below for more details.

Who runs the program?

 A professional Key Leader facilitator will lead the event. This facilitator brings to the program excellent experience working with young people and has successfully completed a nationally recognized training course on the curriculum.

What adults will be at Key Leader?

 In addition to our lead facilitator, Kiwanis provides trained adult volunteers to coordinate the logistics and supervise students.  Kiwanis requires a comprehensive background check for all of the adults who will be present for the weekend. 

Kamp Kiwanis

20 Cousins Rd, Vanderwagen, NM 87326

Kamp Kiwanis will be hosting Key Leader 2020. Kamp Kiwanis, is located 20-miles South of Gallup, New Mexico. Kamp Kiwanis is 5 1/2 hours from Phoenix, 6 1/2 hours from El Paso, and just under 3-hours from Albuquerque.