Character & Leadership

Character & Leadership

Keystone Club

Keystoning is the Boys & Girls Club Movement’s ultimate teen program. This unique leadership development experience provides opportunities for young people ages 14–18.

Keystoners elect officers and plan and implement their own activities in six areas:
  • Service to Club and Community
  • Leadership Development
  • Education and Career Exploration
  • Unity Free enterprise
  • Social recreation
Regional and national awards are presented annually to Keystone Clubs with outstanding programs and activities. Members can also be one of thousands of teens who attend regional and national conferences.

Each year, the combined action of hundreds of local Keystone Clubs results in a service project with a national scope.

The Keystone Club is for leaders who want to do more. Meetings are held in the evenings once per week. Keystone clubs are sponsored by Taco Bell.

Contact the teen center for more information.

Torch Club

Open to members ages 11–13. Torch Club members learn to elect officers and work together to plan and implement activities in four areas:
  • Service to Club and community
  • Education
  • Health and fitness
Torch Club awards are presented annually to clubs with outstanding programs and activities in the four areas.

Contact Rachel Hill for more information.

Youth of the Year

Established in 1947, Youth of the Year is BGCA’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.

Each month the Club’s Program Staff meets to choose an outstanding member to represent the club as Youth of the Month. At the end of the year, “Youths of the Month” are chosen to prepare for the Club’s Youth of the Year title. All must complete a series of essays and participate in a judging process with volunteers from the community. Each Winter a Youth of the Year is chosen and continues on to complete in the State “Youth of the Year” competition with the state winner continuing onto the regional competition.

The Club’s “Youth of the Year” also receives a $1,000 scholarship generously donated by Steve & Diane Hatem. The National Youth of the Year receives an additional scholarship money and is installed by the President of the United States. The Youth of the Year program, in existence for more than 50 years, is sponsored nationally by the Readers Digest Association.

Contact Eclipse Teen Center for more information.
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