PROGRAMS - Character and Leadership Development

Keystone: The Ultimate Teen Program
Keystoning is the Boys & Girls Club Movement’s most dynamic teen program. It affords teens an opportunity to gain valuable leadership and service experience. They conduct activities in three areas: academic success, career exploration and community service. Aaron's Inc. sponsors the Keystone Club program as part of a multi-year teen initiative; a strategic partnership between Aaron's Inc. and BGCA provides Clubs with the tools and resources to create a positive place for teens as well as for kids.


From Sept. 1, 2017 to Aug. 31, 2018, visit the Keystone Online Community at  to complete 2017-2018 charter applications.

Torch Club
Torch Clubs are chartered 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 and fitness and social recreation. The Torch Club Awards are presented annually to Torch Clubs with outstanding programs and activities in the four areas. Each year, Torch Club members from all over the country take part in a service-learning experience through the National Torch Club Project.


Be sure to visit the Torch Club Online Community to get the most up-to-date information on all Torch Club events and activities.

Youth of the Year Leadership Development Suite
Since 1947, Youth of the Year has celebrated the extraordinary achievements of Club teens. Stories of outstanding leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to living a healthy lifestyle have made Youth of the Year America’s premier leadership and recognition program for teens.


As our world becomes increasingly complex and interconnected, leadership skills such as communication, goal-setting and teamwork are essential for everyone –especially young people preparing to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood.

In response to the growing demand for resources that further cultivate these essential 21st century skills, BGCA is excited to announce the launch of The Youth of the Year Leadership Development Suite and a Program Resource Guide.

The new suite includes three levels of leadership engagement:

  • Youth of the Month – Provides members ages 6-18 the opportunity to showcase their leadership ability and be recognized among their peers – and the entry point for the Youth of the Year Leadership experience. 

  • Junior Youth of the Year – Offers members ages 10-13 the training and practice they need to develop their leadership skills.

  • Youth of the Year – Develops teens’ leadership skills through experiences in and out of the Club. This leadership development program includes hands-on activities exploring topics such as identity, passion, personal branding, voice, teamwork, goal setting, as well as activities to prepare them for the Youth of the Year selection process.  A Youth of the Year Leadership Journal is a unique companion piece, where teens can record thoughts, questions, ideas and dreams about their learnings and visions for the future.


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