Character & Leadership Programs

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 and celebrating our national heritage.




Torch Club

Torch Club

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.




Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year

Youth of the Year

Since 1947, Youth of the Year has been Boys & Girls Clubs of Americaís premier recognition program, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of Club members.  Each year, one exceptional Club member is selected to be the National Youth of the Year.  The National Youth of the Year serves as both an exemplary ambassador for Boys & Girls Club youth and as a strong voice for all of our nationís young people.




Keystone, The Ultimate Teen Program

Keystone

Keystoning is the Boys & Girls Club Movementís 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 and community service.  With the guidance of an adult advisor, Keystone Clubs aim to have a positive impact on members, the Club and community.




Million Members, Million Hours of Service

Million Members, Million Hours of Service

Studies show that young people who engage in service do better in school, maintain positive relationships with adults and avoid risky behaviors.  BGCA's Million Members, Million Hours of Service efforts will help Boys & Girls Clubs increase the number of youth participating in volunteer and service projects to 1 million members each donating at least one hour of service in a single year.