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The Kansas Association for Youth (KAY) is a character-building, leadership-training, service program directed by the Kansas State High School Activities Association. This nationally acclaimed organization provides students an opportunity to learn to assume their citizenship responsibilities and to enrich their personalities through well-organized programs, projects and parties. Programs educate, inspire and direct members into carefully planned service projects. These projects emphasize four areas of service - school, community, nation and world.

The Kansas Association for Youth is a student association unique to Kansas. The KSHSAA proudly offers this activity to Kansas students, through its member schools, as a means to "make a world of difference" for current and future generations.


The KSHSAA is aware of the new Kansas Accreditation System (KESA) that will be implemented by all school districts in our state. In reviewing the details of this new system we understand the KSBE has put in place a "5 R's" Framework to be used in measuring performance. Other areas that seem to stand out are the SECD Standards (Social, Emotional, Character Development) and Civic Engagement.

The KSHSAA serves Kansas students by providing leadership for the administration of education based interscholastic activities. The KSHSAA has one program in particular that fits many expectations in place for KESA and that is the KAY Program. KAY (Kansas Association for Youth) is a character-building, leadership-training, service organization that has served thousands of Kansas students over the past 70 years. The life lessons, leadership skills and an "I Get To" attitude for service student receive from their participation in KAY parallel nicely with the standards and outcomes in place by the KSBE.