Programs in Character & Leadership Development empower youth to support and influence our Club and community, sustain meaningful relationships with others, develop a positive self-image, participate in the democratic process and respect their own and others' cultural identities.
Torch Club members learn to enrich their lives and the lives of others through service, leadership and by demonstrating good character. They learn to work together to plan and implement activities in four areas: service to the Club and community, education, health and fitness, and social recreation. Through service activities, Torch Club members identify Club and community needs, develop programs and activities and actively participate in their community. These activities also provide experience in the democratic process. Torch Club is for members aged 10 to 13.
Keystoning is the Boys & Girls Club Movement’s 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. Keystone meets Tuesdays at 4:30 for high school teens.
Leaders in Training (L.I.T.)
With training and supervision from Club staff, L.I.T. members assist younger members, lead recreational activities and provide additional support for the program staff. L.I.T. is a program created to respond to the needs of our teenagers. It is designed to teach teens ages 12-18 to work with our younger members, handle responsibilities and develop essential leadership skills.