The Character and Leadership core program area empowers youth to support and influence the Club and community, sustain meaningful relationships with others, develop a positive self-image, participate in the democratic process and respect their own and others’ cultural identities.
These programs help youth become responsible, caring citizens and acquire skills to participate the democratic process. Program participants also develop leadership skills and gain opportunities for planning, decision-making, contributing to Club and community and celebrating our national heritage.
Youth of the Year is Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program for Club members, promoting service to Club, community and family; academic success; strong moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability. The program is most effective when used as a year-round tool for fostering young people’s character, personal growth and leadership qualities.
Teens are offered employment as junior staff where they learn soft-skills, entry-level management and customer services skills.
Torch Club is a small group, peer-driven “Club within “the Club” focused on developing critical leadership skills, character development and service learning for youth ages 10-13. Torch Club members learn to elect officers and work together to implement activities in four areas: service to Club and community, education, health and fitness and social recreation. This Club provides youth with the ability, confidence and motivation to make meaningful changes.
Through Keystone Club, you’ll become the leader you’re meant to be. You’ll practice leadership through real-world projects, you’ll be part of a team of members who help each other grow and learn and you’ll get practical guidance from an advisor who will challenge you to build on abilities you already have. As part of the next generation of leaders, you’ll be spearheading change in the workplace, in your community and even globally – doing your part to make the world a better, safer, cleaner, fairer and kinder place. For teens 14-18. Coming in 2020-2021
Regular service projects are arranged for teens and middle school Members. They learn how service learning ties to social justice and being a good citizen.