Programs in Character and Leadership Development empower youth to support and influence their Club and community, sustain meaningful relationships with others, develop a positive self-image, participate in the democratic process and respect their own and others’ cultural identities.
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.