Character & Leadership Programs at Boys & Girls Clubs
The Boys & Girls Club goal in Character and Leadership programming is to build the skills needed today to be effective leaders tomorrow. The programs empower young people to support and influence their 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.
Below are several examples of Boys and Girls Club Character and Leadership Programming:
Keystone is the Boys & Girls Club Movement’s ultimate teen program. This unique leadership development experience provides opportunities for young people ages 14 to 18. Youth participate both in and out of the Club in activities in three focus areas:
- Academic success
- Career preparation
- Community service
With the guidance of an adult advisor, Keystone Clubs aim to have a positive impact on members, the Club and the community.
Torch Club is a leadership and service club for boys and girls ages 11 to 13. Torch Club is a powerful vehicle through which Club staff can help meet the special character development needs of younger adolescents at a critical stage in their life. Torch Club members learn to elect officers and work together to implement activities in four areas:
- Service to Club and community
- Health and fitness
- Social recreation
Youth of the Year
Established in 1947, Youth of the Year is the Boys & Girls Club of America’s premier recognition program for Club members, promoting service to Club, community and family, academic success, strong moral character, life goals, poise, and public speaking ability. Local Clubs recognize members ages 14 to 18 as Youth of the Month winners and also select a Youth of the Year.