Helping youth become responsible, caring citizens and acquiring skills for participating in the democratic process is the main thrust of these programs. They also develop leadership skills and provide opportunities for planning, decision-making, contributing to Club and community, and celebrating our national heritage.
Keystone Clubs are chartered small group leadership development clubs for young people ages 14-18. 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. The Keystone Club program is sponsored by the Taco Bell Foundation.
National Keystone Conference
Keystone Club members from across the country gather in a different city each year to develop leadership skills, exchange ideas, debate and discuss current issues, and make friends. Each year, Keystoners select a national project for local Keystone Clubs to complete. The combined action of hundreds of local Keystone Clubs throughout the nation results in a project of national significance. The National Keystone Conference is sponsored by the Taco Bell Foundation.
National Youth of the Year
Sponsored by Tupperware Brands Corporation, the National Youth of the Year Program is designed to promote and recognize service to Club and community, academic performance and contributions to family and spiritual life. Clubs select a Youth of the Year who receives a certificate and medallion then enters state competition. State winners receive a plaque and enter the regional competition. Regional winners receive a $5,000 scholarship and enter a national competition held in Washington, D.C. The National Youth of the Year receives an additional $10,000 scholarship and is installed by the President of the United States.
This small-group leadership development program, sponsored by Staples, is targeted to youngsters ages 11 to 13. Within some 700 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.
Future for Our Kids
Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley is proud to partner with Future for KIDS*, who provide our members mentoring with caring adult volunteers in the areas of Academics, Athletics, and Ethics through a weekly after-school program called Discover Your Future. Currently offered only at our Grant Woods Mesa and Thunderbird Guadalupe Branches. www.futureforkids.org