Inside the UC High Key Club

Edgar Zagal, Staff Writer

   The UC High Key Club has contributed tens of thousands of community service hours to the University City community and the greater San Diego area since its founding in 1982. 

   Advisor Justin Nguyen said,  “There are thousands of clubs in more than 38 countries. The impact of Key Club members can be felt all over the world.” 

  Next year’s Key Club President-to-be Katie Nguyen said, “Key Club provides an amazing opportunity for students to gain volunteering experience and a sense of community around Key Club, all while earning volunteer hours and chances for fun events exclusive for Key Club members. As for the community, Key Club had previously kept in contact with volunteer events locally; however, due to our current situation, we have not been able to volunteer offline. Our members use online or at-home events to provide service to their community.”

   Nguyen explained that the club holds meetings on Zoom and aims to help communities, districts, and sometimes the international community.

   According to the official Key Club website, there are some objectives that the club has regarding helping communities: “To give primacy to the human and spiritual, rather than to the material values of life. To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships… [and] to provide a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render unselfish service and to build better communities” (

    The website also explains, “Despite the restrictions placed due to COVID-19, our board has been able to organize online or at-home events for all of our members to take part in” (