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Character & Leadership Development


Helping youth become responsible, caring citizens and acquire skills for participating in the democratic process is the main thrust of these programs. They also develop leadership skills and provide opportunities for planning, decision-making, contributing to Club and community while celebrating our national heritage.

Torch Clubs are chartered, small-group leadership and service clubs for boys and girls ages 11 to 13. A 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.
Keystoning is the Boys & girls Club Movement’s ultimate teen program. This unique leadership development experience provides opportunities for young peoples ages 14 to 18. Youth participate, both in and out of the Club, in activities in three focus areas: academic success, career preparation and community service. With the guidance of an adult advisor, Keystone Clubs aim to have a positive impact on members, the Club and community.
Youth of the Year
Since 1947, Youth of the Year has been Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of Club teens. Club Members who ear the youth of the Year title emobody the values of leadership service; academic excellence; and healthy lifestyles.