Character & Leadership Development


Youth of the Year

All Ages | Free with membership | All Locations

The Youth of Year is our premier youth recognition program, which promotes and celebrates Club members’ service to Club, community and family, academic performance, moral character, life goals, and public speaking ability. The youth of the year program is most effective when used as a year-round tool for fostering young people's personal growth and leadership qualities. The National Youth of the Year receives up to $26,000 in scholarships, and is installed by the President of the United States.

Keystone Clubs

Ages 14-18 | Free with membership | All Locations

Keystone Clubs are chartered, small group, leadership and character development clubs for teens ages 14 to 18. Keystoners elect officers, choose their own activities and plan and implement community service projects. A national charter entitles a Keystone Club to participate in regional and national Keystone conferences. This teen leadership program is funded by the Taco Bell Foundation.


Torch Club

Ages 10-13 | Free with membership | All Locations

This small-group leadership development program, sponsored by Staples, is targeted to youth ages 10 to 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. The Staples National Torch Club Awards are presented annually to Torch Clubs with outstanding programs and activities in the four areas. Each Torch Club receives an official charter from Boys & Girls Clubs of America.