Leadership development, instilling a sense of civic duty and an understanding of the value of giving back to the community are the foundation of the Club experience. Our programs are developing leaders who carry these values with them and become productive, caring and responsible members of the community.
of members said Club participation taught them to give back
3 out of 4
Club kids consider a staff member at the Club to be one of the main people making a positive impact in their lives
of parents have seen a positive impact on their child’s behavior
“When Zya came to the Club, she struggled with her behavior, often being disrespectful to those around her. Three years later, she is constantly setting a great example for her peers and often is recognized for her exceptional behavior.”
Torch Club is a “club within in the Club,” helping meet the special character-development needs of younger adolescents at a critical stage in their lives. Chartered, small-group character and leadership clubs for boys and girls ages 11 to 13, the Torch Club is a powerful vehicle where young people develop and strengthen their 21st-century leadership skills, giving them a firm foundation of good character and integrity.
As the Boys & Girls Club Movement’s ultimate teen program, Keystone Clubs provide leadership development opportunities to youth ages 14 to 18. Youth participate 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.
The Junior Staff program assists Club members ages 13 to 18 in exploring careers in Boys & Girls Clubs or other youth or human services related professions. Young people prepare for future roles as human services professionals by participating in career development activities, discovering the importance of community service, building customer service skills and completing a Club apprenticeship.
Youth of the Year is a comprehensive leadership development program that promotes and celebrates service to Club, community and family, academic performance, moral character, life goals and poise and public speaking ability. The program includes Youth of the Month, Junior Youth of the Year and Youth of the Year and is our signature effort to foster a new generation of leaders, fully prepared to live and lead in a diverse, global and integrated world economy.
A program to get Club youth participating in volunteer and service projects to help them become successful and productive citizens because young people who engage in service do better in school, maintain positive relationships with adults, avoid risky behaviors and are more likely to graduate.