Each year we award grants to over 80 non-profit organizations!!
YOUNG CHILDREN PRIORITY ONE
Young Children Priority One (YCPO) is an ongoing community service program of Kiwanis International that addresses the needs of children age 0-5. All clubs are encouraged to carry out at least two YCPO projects per calendar year, though many clubs are able to do more-serving children, families and communities. Young Children Priority One focuses on four key areas:
– maternal and child health
– child care and development
– parent education and support
– safety and pediatric trauma
“Serving the Children of the World,” the Kiwanis motto, is the major focus of the Youth Services Committee. The Youth Services Committee administers funds, provided by the Kiwanis Club of La Jolla Foundation, which are designated for charitable organizations that assist and promote the education, health and welfare of school aged children. We also provide funding for some of our annual events: Junior Olympics, and Hope of America. We assist over 25 local child related charitable organizations ranging from: Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Clubs, Boy Scouts, YMCA La Jolla and Peninsula, Camp Fire USA, Community Campership, Coastal Bay Girls Softball League, Summerbridge, Reality Changers, Voices for Children, Connor’s Cause, Monarch School and Salvation Army Youth Programs to name a few. The checks presented to these organizations go a long way toward helping children play, learn and develop in a secure environment. We know we make a big difference for the youth in La Jolla and the greater San Diego community.
La Jolla Kiwanis supports many projects that benefit the community as a whole. For example, every Thursday Kiwanis volunteers deliver Meals on Wheels on two La Jolla routes. We also support the organization by providing funding. We contribute to La Jolla Concerts by the Sea to assure that the concerts remain free and help with the Halloween party at the La Jolla Parks and Recreation by providing funds for the prizes. Among the organizations we support are the La Jolla Community Center, and the Mt. Soledad Association for their Memorial and Veteran’s day services. And every December, we help with the La Jolla parade and the lights. Our service goes beyond La Jolla and includes the military. We are proud to support the Semperfi Fund, which helps wounded soldiers and their families, and GuideOn, which gives the families of fallen service members outdoor experiences and leadership training. At the regional level, our donations we have helped Project Wildlife provide care for injured animals and for SNAP to spay and neuter animals of families that cannot afford to do so. And finally, we have contributed to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Association, Braille Institute, and the ALS Association.
Although our Kiwanis Club is local, we reach out to the world through our International Committee. We created the Kiwanis Club of La Joya de Tijuana and have supported such worthwhile projects as: Holy Innocent’s Children’s Hospital to assist in the building of a Children’s Hospital in Uganda, Africa, the first in the region! La Casa de Pobres in Tijuana, Mexico, to purchase food and blankets for children who are extremely impoverished and living in the dumps and hills of Tijuana. In concert with the Tijuana Rotary, we have supported an orphanage in Tijuana that houses orphan youths 10 years old and younger. Military Outreach of the La Jolla Community Church, which supports families that have loved ones serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. El Refugio in Tijuana, Mexico, a senior citizen facility that houses the poorest of the poor. Compassion has no boundaries. That’s why we are so very proud to be Kiwanians.
OTHER IMPORTANT AREAS OF FOCUS
Scholarships for Middle and High School students are part of our annual buget in line with our philosophy of changing the world by serving children. In recent years, we have set aside about $75,000 to support needy and deserving youth in eight schools. We honor graduating seniors with scholarships for college at the following public high schools: La Jolla High, Preuss School for inner-city youth, San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, Monarch School for homeless kids, and University City High. We support young scholars who might otherwise be unable to attend two local private schools with whom we have close ties: Bishops School, and Gillespie School founded by the first President of La Jolla Kiwanis, Dr. Samuel Gillespie. We offer scholarships to Muirlands Middle School for students to go on their annual east coast trip to learn first-hand about American history by visiting significant sites from Boston to Washington, D.C. Financial aid is set aside for those who would like to participate, but who might not be able to without help.
Hope of America
Each year in May, before the end of the school year, we hold a special luncheon meeting to honor outstanding fifth grade elementary school students who will be going on to sixth grade and middle school the next year. Early in the year, we ask the principals of each of the three local elementary schools, Bird Rock, La Jolla, and Torrey Pines, to help us identify award recipients who have been recognized by their teachers and peers as being great examples for others. Each honoree is asked to invite guests of parents, siblings, and other family members who wish to attend. Ten or so students receive awards, and we typically entertain about eighty guests.
The award recognizes excellence in citizenship, scholarship and leadership. Each recipient is given an engraved plaque and a gift certificate from Kiwanis. Each student’s Principal reads a letter from their fifth grade teacher describing their accomplishments. It is always very moving and inspirational to hear what great individuals these fantastic students are and what plans these students have in store for their futures!
For many years Kiwanis has supported the San Dieguito 4H Club where the member kids learn crafts, go camping, fishing and canoeing, raise farm animals, and learn leadership skills. Each June the 4H Club kids aged 5 to 18 take over a regular Kiwanis meeting. Participating 4H Club member talk about a specific activity or event that occurred during the past year and about their animals. Many of them bring their show or market chickens, rabbits, goats, sheep, and sometimes even pigs and cattle to the meeting. The Kiwanis financial contribution helps kids participate by allowing them to rent pasture and buy feed and supplies even if they live in an urban home or apartment. Later, during the animal auctions at the San Diego County Fair at Del Mar, a representative of the Agriculture Committee goes to the auction to bid on and buy a market swine raised by one of the 4H kids. The pig is then butchered and is later auctioned off to Kiwanis Club members. It is very rewarding to see many of the 4H kids year after year as they grow up and gain poise and verbal skills as they mature and gain experience. And the pig parts are tasty as well!
We are proud to sponsor three school clubs: UCSD’s Circle K club, and the Key Clubs of the La Jolla and University City High Schools. We provide advisors for each Club, assist them in their annual goals, invite them to participate in our volunteer events, luncheon meetings, and assist them with their annual budgets.
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OUR ACTIVE CHARITIES
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