Character & Leadership Development

Youth of the Year

As Boys & Girls Clubs of America's premier youth recognition program for Club members, the Youth of the Year program promotes and celebrates service to Club, community and family; academic performance; moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability. Through a rigorous evaluation process, local Clubs designate one outstanding member to serve as its local Youth of the Year ambassador. Local winners advance to the State Youth of the Year competition and if selected, receive $1,000 scholarships and participate in regional competitions. Five regional winners each receive an engraved plaque, 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

Torch Clubs are charter small-group leadership and service clubs for boys and girls ages 11-13. 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.

Keystone Clubs

Keystoning is the Boys & Girls Club Movement’s most dynamic teen program. It affords teens an opportunity to gain valuable leadership and service experience in three areas: academic success, career exploration and community service.