Through advocacy projects, members make others aware of an issue and encourage them to take action. Here are a few examples of advocacy projects that clubs might choose to do.
Inspire Builders Club members to take action
The new Kiwanis Read & Lead program inspires kids to take action after reading books focusing on important topics like bully prevention, environmental issues, hunger, literacy and ordinary people who change the world. Kids will love the characters and the stories they tell. They’ll be inspired to find solutions to problems they read about and plan service projects to address them within the school and community. Builders Club members can read books, hold discussion and plan next steps, or read to younger students and guide them through this process.
Write newspaper articles
Have club members choose a cause they want to promote to others. Have them research and write an article about it. Submit the article to your local newspaper and the school newspaper, and encourage readers to take action for that cause.
Sponsor a speaker
Have members find a leader in the community who is willing to come speak to the class or the entire school on a topic. For example, if members wanted to bring more awareness to their peers about anti-bullying, they could ask a local psychologist or counselor to come speak. Be sure to check with your school for approval.
Host a movie night
Show a documentary addressing a specific cause or sharing a message. Distribute discussion guides after the film and encourage audience members to share their thoughts about the film’s topic.
Create an infographic
Create an infographic to bring awareness to an issue using an online tool like Canva. Post the infographic on the Builders Club page of the school website.
Find out what club members care about
If club members aren’t sure what cause or issue they want to support help them discover what they’re passionate about by utilizing these tools.
Encourage club members to participate in virtual leadership training:
Encourage club officers to lead activities included in the IDEA Toolkit: