The Boys & Girls Club is committed to helping all of our members become careing, responsible citizens. We offer many rewarding programs developed to promote good character and leadership.
Keystone Clubs are service and leadership groups that provide real world experiences in academic success, career preparation and community service for teens ages 14-18. Through Club and community service projects, Keystoners learn the importance of cultivating and exercising the virtues of compassion, tolerance, responsibility and citizenship. Participation in the Keystoneprogram is a unique leadership development experience that gives young people a chance to act on their humanitarian ideals while building self-respect, and strong attachments to family and community.
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.
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.
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. The program is most effective when used as a year-round tool for fostering young people’s character, personal growth and leadership qualities.
Local Clubs recognize members ages 14 to 18 as Youth of the Month winners and select a Youth of the Year, who then participates in state competitions. State winners each receive a $1,000 scholarship and participate in regional competitions. Five regional winners each receive a $10,000 scholarship and compete on the national level. The National Youth of the Year receives up to an additional $50,000 scholarship and is installed by the President of the United States.