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Key Club Meeting Kit

Civic Engagement

1. Welcome

a. Introductions.

i. Introduce officers.

ii.  Introduce advisor.

iii.  Introduce guests.

b. Icebreakers — Check out these ideas to kick off the meeting.

2. Old business

a. Report on service projects completed at home after last meeting.

b. Committee report on current club service projects:

i. Determine what has been planned to date.

ii. Discuss remaining plans to be made.

iii. Assign members to each task and day of event.

3. New business

a. What is civic engagement? 

i. Civic engagement is working to make a difference in the life of your community.

b. What kinds of activities come from civic engagement? 

i. Vote, work for candidates, work to register voters, community cleanup, road cleanup, graffiti cleanup, help seniors and younger students, etc. 

c. View the short YouTube video: What is Civic Engagement?

i. Whose job is it to solve the community’s problems?

a) Business, government, charities, people, etc.

ii.  How can people solve problems?

a) A shared understanding of the community’s needs and collaboration.

iii.  How do people make a difference?

a) Politics, volunteering, organizing, raising funds, etc. 

4. Service projects

a. Clubs in the U.S.

i. View the video Why is Voting Important?

ii. Before the meeting, have someone check your state’s voter registration ages and dates. (A good site is HeadCount.org.)

iii. Organize a voter registration campaign for students in the school who will be 18 at the time of upcoming elections and/or a get-out-to-vote campaign. This may be a virtual or in-person campaign. (Resources for creating posters and videos are available at Canva.)

b. Clubs outside the U.S.

i. Research the voting laws in the country to see when and how club members can register to vote. If there is time, prepare a voter registration campaign for the school, followed by a get-out-the-vote effort if there is an upcoming election. This may be a virtual or in-person campaign. (Resources for creating posters and videos are available atCanva.)

a) Election information for Canada. 

b) Election information for Caribbean nations.

ii. Let everyone know what materials will be needed.

iii. Instructions can be given during the meeting, and the members can finish it before the next meeting.

5. Adjournment

a. Thank everyone — especially the guests — for their participation.

b. Give details about the next meeting.

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