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Character and Leadership Development

Programs in this core area empower youth to support and influence their Club and community, sustain meaningful relationships with others, develop a positive self-image and good character, participate in the democratic process, and respect their own and others' cultural identities.

Youth of the Year

youth-of-the-year-2011-lee.jpgThis program promotes and celebrates service to Club, community and family; academic performance; moral character; life goals; and poise 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 character, personal growth and leadership qualities. Clubs recognize members ages 14-18 who were Youths of the Month and select a Youth of the Year, who then participates in a state competition. State winners participate in a regional competition, and five regional winners each receive a $5,000 scholarship and compete on the national level. The National Youth of the Year receives an additional $10,000 scholarship and is installed by the President of the United States.

TEENSupreme Keystone Clubs

Keystone Clubs are chartered leadership and service clubs for youth ages 14-18. Keystoners elect officers and implement activities in six areas: service to Club and community, character and leadership development, education and career exploration, unity, free enterprise and social recreation.

Torch Clubs

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 as 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.

Goals For Growth

Goals For Growth teaches Club members ages 8-12 skills for setting and achieving goals, helps them identify their own strengths and enhances their self-esteem by reinforcing their progress and recognizing their success in realizing their goals. Members set goals in six areas; Club involvement; discovery of new knowledge; skills or pastimes; service to others; school improvement; personal improvement and career awareness.

T3: Teen Tech Teams

Teen Tech Teams are small-group leadership clubs that promote technology volunteerism, education and career exploration. Members ages 10 and up explore technology-related careers and issues, increase technology skills, and assist staff and other members with technology in the Club. After learning to build a computer of their own and completing technology service hours within the Club, members take their computer home for personal use.