Character & Leadership


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These programs help youth become responsible, caring citizens and acquire skills to participate the democratic process. Program participants also develop leadership skills and gain opportunities for planning, decision-making, contributing to Club and community and celebrating our national heritage. 

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Torch Clubs are chartered, small-group leadership and service clubs for boys and girls ages 11 to 13. A Torch Club is a powerful vehicle that helps Club staff meet the special character development needs of younger adolescents at a critical stage in their life. Torch Club members work together to implement projects in the four focus areas: service to Club and community; education; health and fitness; and social recreation.
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Junior Youth of the Year seeks to develop junior leaders ages 10-13 within the Club environment. The program cultivates leadership potential, providing the foundation needed for advanced leadership development, academic excellence and postsecondary success. Through this program, Club youth become motivated to seek opportunities for leadership and to act as responsible citizens and change agents.
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Million Members, Million Hours of Service program, gets Club youth participating in volunteer and service projects that help them become successful and productive citizens. Studies show that young people who engage in service do better in school, maintain positive relationships with adults and avoid risky behaviors. The program initiative aims to engage 1 million Boys & Girls Club youth in service projects each year, with each donating at least one hour of service.