Young Children: Priority One (YCPO), an ongoing service program of Kiwanis International, addresses the needs of young children. All clubs are encouraged to carry out at least two YCPO projects per calendar year, though many clubs are able to do more—helping children, families, and communities.
Before beginning a project:
- Determine the most relevant and important issues affecting youth in its community.
- Conduct a community needs analysis and discuss options with club and community leaders.
- Identify your club’s skill set and how you can make a measurable impact. Projects should strike a nice balance between resources, time, and energy. For example, while some club members can work weekly on a project, others can only devote an afternoon a month. Consider identifying projects that appeal to all your members.
- Scroll to bottom for project ideas and resources by category
Attention: New this year, clubs that participate in YCPO projects should report the events on the online monthly report form. This helps Kiwanis track and measure service projects, participation, and help improve our programs. However, if you are requesting a banner patch, please note that you should complete the online banner patch form. Patches will be sent only once per year, on or around October 1. For clubs that also participate and request banner patches for Read Around the World and Kiwanis One Day, patches will be sent at that time too.
Maternal and infant health
Child care and development
Parent education and support
Safety and pediatric trauma