Character & Leadership

This is the highest award a Club member can achieve. 

  • Participants must be 14 or older, and have attended the Club for at least two years.  
  • Participants complete a detailed packet about their life along with a 3 minute speech & 10 minute interview with judges.  
  • The Organizational winner receives scholarship money & competes at the state program.  If they win at state they attend regionals, then nationals would be the final level.  
  • Each level provides plaques and scholarship money, and the National Youth of the Year receives an additional $15,000 scholarship and is installed by the President of the United States in an Oval Office Ceremony.

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 life.

  • This leadership development program is targeted to youth ages 11-13.  
  • Members elect officers and plan and implement their own activities and community service projects both in the Club and the community.  
  • Torch Club also promotes academic success, fundraising, and members are a part of the Jr. Staff program at the Club, too.

Similar to Torch Club, the Keystone Club is a leadership program for teens ages 14-18. 

  • Members elect officers and plan and implement their own activities, as well.  
  • Club and community service, academic success, career exploration & job shadowing, fundraising, and Jr. Staffing are all parts of this program.
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