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  • One direction

    Story by Jamie Moore

    It doesn’t matter whether you’re part of a tiny club in the countryside, a club of 200 members in an urban cityscape or something in between. As Key Clubbers, we’re all working to make the world a better place— starting with our own schools and communities. 

    Click on the images below to see how four clubs across North America—in places ranging from the mountains of Calgary, Alberta, to the island beaches of Oranjestad, Aruba— are fulfilling Key ...

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  • The other "F" word

    Nobody likes failure. But it’s something that everyone experiences—even you. The good news: You can turn a big mistake or rejection into something better. Don’t believe us? Read how these three teens overcame the other “F” word. 

    Story by Sarah Moreland

    Illustration by Linzie Hunter
    Photos courtesy of Joyce Svitak

    Adora Svitak was confident. She had put months of work into her early admission application to Stanford University. She’d written (and rewritten) her CommonApp essay 11 times to make sure it was ...

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  • Follow the leader

    Why our world needs leaders and followers—and where you fit in

    Story by Nicole Harris 

    Imagine you’re sitting in your school’s auditorium for a school-wide rally. The rally’s main speaker poses a question: “Do you believe you’re a leader?” If your answer is “yes,” the speaker says, “Raise your hand.” 

    What would you do? Raise your hand immediately? Look around to see if your friends were raising theirs? Or keep your hand at your side?  ...

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  • Core values

    Key Club is in no way an “all-about-me” organization. You joined to help your school and to hone your leadership skills. When you focus on the Key Club core values of caring, leadership, inclusiveness and character building, you’ll discover you get something back too.

    Story by Nicole Keller

    A smile is the universal key for entry into any situation because people are hardwired to respond. Those are your mirror neurons at work, says Marco Iacoboni, a ...

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    Houston Key Clubbers step it up with a dance marathon to benefit Texas Children's Hospital.

    Story by Sarah Moreland    |   Photos by Scott Dalton

    If you were just passing by, the Houston-area Dance Marathon would have been hard to miss. The Holland Lodge’s three stories were covered in neon: cardboard disco balls hanging from the ceiling, paper streamers dangling on the stairway, bright orange and green signs and balloons taped to the wall. Even the statues inside the ...

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  • Right place, right time

    Magoffin County High School Key Club saves a life—with leadership

    Story by Amy Wiser 

    There are leaders who stand at podiums and make magnificent, dramatic speeches. They inspire. 

    There are leaders who command board rooms and build companies. They bring people together to invest in ideas. 

    Then there are leaders who step away from the spotlight and into often unglamorous circumstances. They build character. They change lives. They are Key Club members. 

    Leadership and character-building are ...

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