There’s been a high level of excitement at Kin Canada and among members over the past couple of months and we’re finally able to officially share the energy: we're officially promoting opportunities for students in college and university to become involved by joining Kin Canada Campus Clubs.
After a pilot period to see if Kin campus clubs were viable for us, a Resolution was voted on at National Convention in August to make members of campus clubs full members of Kin Canada. (Picture: Kaila Robin, member of the University of Saskatchewan Kin Campus Club, casting the first vote).
What does this mean for Kin? The purpose of these campus clubs is the same as other Kin Canada clubs; serve the community’s greatest need(s) through volunteer service projects and events. Existing Kin, Kinsmen and Kinette clubs across the country will be looking to help start up and support these post-secondary clubs. We're also looking for passionate students who are interested in starting these volunteer clubs.
The stats are overwhelming; Canadians aged 15 – 24 have the highest rate of volunteering. They may contribute the smallest amount of hours each year, but when it comes down to it, an average of more than115 hours of volunteering per year is given by this younger age group!
Keeping young volunteers engaged and ensuring they get the most out of their volunteer experiences is crucial. Being part of a Kin Canada beginning at a younger age has many benefits, some of which include:
Kin Canada currently has campus clubs at the University of Saskatchewan, Alberta, Halifax and Regina. The presence of some of these campus club members at National Convention last year and this past August was a positive boost to membership and I’m certain the inclusion of even more younger members will only better our association and mark a significant point in our 93 year history.
- Creating a network of personal and professional connections in all industries across Canada
- Learning how to run events and fundraise
- Gaining business skills, such as running effective meetings
- Learning how to properly handle financials and reporting
- Improving communication skills
Find out more about getting involved with Kin Canada Campus Clubs.