Character & Leadership Development

Youth of the Year

Sponsored by The Reader’s Digest Association, this year the Club would like to congratulate Andy Tenhagen as our 2013 Youth of the Year.

Youth of the Month Award

This monthly award, which is chosen by the staff, is given to members of all ages.

Keystone Club

Keystone Club is the Boys & Girls Club most dynamic teen program. Keystone Clubs are chartered small-group leadership and service clubs for boys and girls ages 14-18. Keystone Club Members elect officers and plan and implement their own activities in six areas: service to Club and community, leadership development, education and career exploration, unity, free enterprise and social recreation. Keystone Club members and their advisors are eligible for nomination to steering committees which organize regional and national TEENSupreme Keystone Conferences attended by thousands of Keystone Club Members each year. TEENSupreme Keystone Club Awards are bestowed annually on Keystone Clubs that undertake programs and activities which best promote the principles of Keystone Club Members. Each year, Keystone Club Members select a National TEENSupreme Keystone Project for local Keystone Clubs to complete. The combined action of hundreds of local Keystone Clubs results in a service project with a national scope. B&GCA’s TEENSupreme initiative is funded by the Taco Bell Foundation.

Members interested in joining the Keystone Club should contact Todd Cuthbert at

Torch Club

This small-group leadership development program, sponsored by the Metropolitan Life Foundation, is targeted for youngsters ages 11 to 13. Within some 339 Torch Clubs across the country, members elect officers and plan and implement their own activities and community service projects. Each Torch Club receives an official charter from Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

For more information about the Torch Club contact Kim Trull at

Junior Staff

In this program, members in grades 9-12 learn what it’s like to develop programs and be a Club staff member. As they assist staff members, they learn responsibility and develop pride in the Club. Guided by a professional adult, youngsters participate throughout the Club and in community service projects. They learn life-long job skills while having fun. Members are recognized for their level of service. For more information, please contact the Social Recreation Director.