Key Club: Key to A Better World
By: Gavin Li
The Key Club is one of Manhattan Hunter’s biggest clubs. But what is it, and more specifically, why is it named the “Key” Club? The Key Club is an international non-profit organization for high school students that aims to serve others in order to make the world a better place.
It was established in 1925 in Sacramento, California, by Albert C. Olney and Frank C. Vincent. They both were high school administrators who served as members of the Kiwanis Club. The Kiwanis Club is also a non-profit organization that works towards helping children thrive. Albert and Frank wanted a club for high schoolers that embodied the same motives as the Kiwanis Club. So they started a club where, initially, only boys were allowed to join.
Now referring back to our question, why is the Key Club called the Key Club? This is because only “key” students, or boys, who played an integral part of the school were allowed to join. However, 52 years later, females were allowed to join. Over the years, this club’s popularity skyrocketed and it has become one of the largest programs for high school students. Nowadays, they host many events where people can volunteer and fundraise. Some of these volunteering and fundraising events include food pantries, social injustice, and other fun activities. These tasks can build strong leadership roles and build character in students. The skills will benefit the future of pupils who are still figuring out their roles in the world.
Thus, thanks to both Albert C. Olney and Frank C. Vincent, we now have a wide-reaching, international community that has the potential to change the world while simultaneously helping students gain leadership roles.