Key Leader Helps Students Find Their Fit

Key Leader Helps Students Find Their Fit


Key Leader Helps Students Find Their Fit

Key Leader by Kiwanis International is a weekend leadership program for high school students put on by the Rocky Mountain District Kiwanis organization. Our mission is to inspire young people to achieve their personal best through service leadership. Key Leader has served more than 33,000 students at over 660 Key Leader events around the world.

Key Leader teaches service leadership and social-emotional skills essential for students to become values-driven leaders in their communities. The program is based in part on Robert Greenleaf’s “Servant Leadership” model and is delivered by a professional, program trained facilitator. Key Leader is an essential program, designed to break down the isolation many students face in an era of smartphones and social media while teaching critical leadership skills.


Personal Integrity

Personal Growth

Respect for Self and Others

Building Community

Pursuit of Excellence


Each Key Leader Program is led by a qualified and certified lead facilitator, who oversees the implementation of the curriculum and leads all large group sessions. Older students, including previous Key Leader attendees, serve as small group facilitators for activities in small groups called “neighborhoods.”

The program flows through large- and small- group sessions, time for personal reflection, interactive activities, “challenge course” activities, and is anchored by several videos, including a collection from “The Collector of Bedford Street,” which follows the community leadership of Larry Selman, known as the “Shepherd of Greenwich Village,”

September 27 – 29, 2024
Allen Stewart Lions Camp
Casper, Wyoming

October 4 – 6, 2024
YMCA of the Rockies
Estes Park, Colorado


Do you have the desire to lead, to help, to give? A Key Leader weekend can show you how. Discover how to be the very best you can be—best friend, best leader, best citizen of the world. Sound like a lot to expect from three days of workshops, campfires, and hanging out with new friends? Well, that’s what Key Leader is all about.

Rocky Mountain District Kiwanis Key Leader weekends are open to all high school students from around Colorado, western Nebraska, and Wyoming between the ages of 14 and 18.


Key Leader has been described by former student attendees as “A life-changing leadership weekend.” The program is open to high school students between the ages of 14 to 18. Students do not need to be part of a Kiwanis Key Club to participate.

Key Leader is an inspirational weekend leadership experience sponsored by the Rocky Mountain District of Kiwanis International for high school and graduating junior high/middle school leaders. A Key Leader conference is a weekend retreat, consisting of large-and small-group workshops, discussions and team-building activities. Students learn leadership skills that help them change their schools, communities, and the world for the better. It’s an experience that participants will never forget. In fact, positive interaction with other Key Leader graduates in the years that follow will amplify the experience—offering reinforcement, encouragement and the growth of leadership skills.

To find out more about Kiwanis International’s Key Leader program visit


You meet and inspire them every day. Young people with promise. How can you help them reach their potential? Encourage them to attend a Key Leader weekend. During three days of workshops, campfires and hanging out with new friends, students learn about themselves and others, develop a sense of self-confidence and learn what true leadership is all about: helping others succeed. Key Leader has been approved by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

All events are open to students ages 14 to 18— those who are already student leaders as well as emerging leaders.


The following Kiwanis Clubs and Individual members have made donations in support of Key Leader. Without their generous support, this program would not be possible. Key Leader costs more than $450 per student to put on and we will host 60 students during the 2023 weekend. Thanks to the support of these clubs and individuals, each student participating in the program in 2023 will only pay a $50 registration fee.

Kiwanis Clubs & Organizations

Rocky Mountain District Kiwanis Foundation
Kiwanis Children’s Fund
Kiwanis Club of Castle Rock
Kiwanis Castle Rock Impact After Hours Club
Kiwanis Club of Denver
Kiwanis eClub
Kiwanis Club of Gering
Monument Hill Kiwanis Club
Kiwanis Club of Scottsbluff
Kiwanis Club of Wellington
Kiwanis Club of Center
Ft. Collins Eyeopeners Kiwanis Club


Diane and Brian Ortiz
Robin and Chris Scurto
Lathrop  and Vicky Smith
Frances Aubuchon


You can make a difference by contributing to the RMD Key Leader Fund at the Rocky Mountain District Foundation by clicking on the donate button below. Your contribution will go directly to fund student participation in Key Leader. Once you have made your donation, be sure to send us an email so we can be sure to include you in the individual donor section of our website.