Character & Leadership Development Programs

These programs help youth become responsible, caring citizens and acquire skills to participate in the democratic process. Program participants also develop leadership skills and gain opportunities for planning, decision-making, contributing to Club and community and celebrating our national heritage.

In the Keystone Club our teens gain valuable leadership and service experience. Through activities in academic success, career exploration and community service.

Youth of the Year is the Boys & Girls Clubs of America premier youth recognition program for Club members. All members can benefit from participation in this program, which promotes and celebrates service to the Club, community and family; academic performance; moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability. Local Clubs recognize members ages 14-18 who were Youths of the Month and select a Youth of the Year, who then participates in State competition. State winners, who each receive $1,000 scholarships, participate in regional competitions. Five regional winners each receive an engraved plaque and a $10,000 scholarship and compete on the national level. The National Youth of the Year receives an additional $50,000 scholarship and is installed by the President of the United States.

Torch Clubs are charter small-group leadership and service clubs for boys and girls ages 11-13. 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 development. Torch Club members learn to elect officers and work together to implement activities in four areas:

    • Service to Club and Community
    • Education
    • Health & Fitness
    • Social Recreation

Our Grants Pass Club and Illinois Valley Club currently have active Torch Clubs.