Character and Leadership Overview
Boys & Girls Club of Glacier Country
The Boys & Girls Club of Glacier Country’s second priority outcome for youth is to be engaged citizens that are involved in the community, register to vote and model strong character throughout their lives.
Keystone Club-- affords high school students an opportunity to gain valuable leadership and service experience. They conduct activities in four areas: academic success, career exploration, community service, and teen outreach.
Torch Club-- Torch Clubs are chartered small-group leadership and service clubs for boys and girls ages 10-13. 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 Keystone Club is our signature leadership program for teens ages 14 to 18. Youth participate, both in and out of the Club, in activities in three focus areas: academic success, career preparation, and community service. Through the guidance of an adult advisor, Keystone Clubs aim to have a positive impact on members, the Club, and community.
Youth of the Year-- Since 1947, Youth of the Year has been Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of Club members. Each year, one exceptional young person from a Boys & Girls Club rises to the role of National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year serves as both an exemplary ambassador for Boys & Girls Club youth and as a strong voice for all of our nation’s young people. The journey to being named National Youth of the Year begins locally and progresses to state, regional and national levels.
Character and Leadership programs build leadership with self, leadership with others, and leadership within the community. They give youth the confidence and abilities to create meaningful change in their world. These programs help youth develop self-awareness and advocacy; collaboration with peers and adults; goal-setting; identifying and solving problems; and social and civic responsibility.