LVYP Kiwanis set out to try a new endeavor…a weekend filled with service and collaboration with another Young Professional club. Deemed “Weekend of Youngness” by the event’s creator, Derek Furukawa, the event was designed to provide several back-to-back events to bring Young Professional Kiwanians together in the name of service.
The weekend started off with support of UNLV Circle K’s annual Serenade fundraiser to benefit Not for Sale, a non-profit dedicated to educate and fight against human trafficking. Three of LVYP’s members actually helped by performing and their performances brought in over $200 for the evening. Following the event, members had a social event at the Freakin’ Frog, where members from the Inland Empire Young Professionals (California) met up after the drive into Las Vegas.
On Saturday morning, the Young Professionals members got together to help out at LVYP’s adopted house, St. Francis, at St. Jude’s Ranch in Boulder City. There, the Kiwanians, along with some Key Club members from East Career Technical Academy, worked together to clean and organize the storage shed, replace light bulbs, repair cabinets, and repair a ceiling fan. The event ended with a pick-up game of kickball with the St. Jude’s residents. Following the St. Jude’s event, the Young Professionals Kiwanians hosted a workshop for the Circle K members from the Desert Oasis division titled Key to Life. This program covered tips that would help college students transition to the real world. The workshop included the topics of Resumes, Interviews, Personal Finance, Professionalism, and Serving in Your Community. To relax, the Kiwanians then celebrated with a dinner social at the Blue Martini.
The weekend concluded on Sunday with the Young Professional Kiwanians supporting UNLV Circle K’s Kiwanis Family Flapjack Fundraiser, where they ate breakfast with Circle Kers and other Division 28 Kiwanians. Shortly after, they attended the Circle K Desert Oasis Divisional Council Meeting at the UNLV campus and helped out by counting the votes during endorsements for District Office.
All in all, the weekend was a great success and between the two Kiwanis Clubs, there were over 170 hours of service given to the community.