DEVELOPING GOOD CHARACTER AND DEMONSTRATING LEADERSHIP SKILLS ARE CRITICAL FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO SUCCEED IN SCHOOL AND IN LIFE.
Our Character and Leadership programs challenge kids to be community-minded and empower them by demonstrating how they can affect change by working together. Club members have the opportunity to develop leadership skills in many ways. Boys & Girls Club members organize and carry out numerous projects to lend a hand and make a difference in their schools, Clubs and communities. Our Clubs teach young people how to roll up their sleeves, dig in and become active participants in their community.
HERE ARE A FEW OF THE KEY PROGRAMS BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OFFER THAT ARE FOCUSED ON OUR GOOD CHARACTER & CITIZENSHIP PRIORITY OUTCOME:
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 Boys & Girls Clubs of Sheboygan County recognizes local youth through the Youth of the Year competition. It is through this competition that youth are able to talk about their accomplishments throughout the year by completing an application, preparing a speech and participating in the interview process. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sheboygan County honors one Youth of the Year, ages 14 and older, and one Junior Youth of the Year, ages 10-13.
Keystoning is the Boys & Girls Club Movement’s most dynamic teen program. It affords teens an opportunity to gain valuable leadership and service experience. They conduct activities in three areas: academic success, career exploration and community service.
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 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.