Character & Leadership Development

Building tomorrow's leaders

We encourage good character in all our programs, while empowering youth to make a positive impact on their community.

Throughout the year, Club members of all ages participate in community service and leadership programs that build their skills while teaching them that they have the power to positively bring about change in their community. Through these experiences, youth develop a strong and positive peer network, a deeper connection to their community, and an understanding of personal responsibility, social justice, and the importance of service to others. By the time they leave the Club at age 18, youth are on a pathway to success.

Signature Programs

Youth of the Year

Every year, we choose one outstanding teen from each Clubhouse to participate in our Citywide Youth of the Year program, a four-month program that builds leadership and public speaking skills, while preparing teens for success in college and beyond.

Keystone Club

Keystone Club is a national Boys & Girls Clubs of America program that helps high school students become leaders in their communities. Keystone Club members participate in an annual national service project and raise at least $3,000 to attend the National Keystone Conference.

Torch Club

Torch Club is a national Boys & Girls Clubs of America program that encourages middle schoolers to become leaders in their communities. Torch Club members participate in an annual national service project.

CLub Leaders-in-Training (LIT)

The Club Leaders-in-Training program is a job readiness, character development, and service-learning program for high school members at our Clubhouses and Camp Mendocino. Participating teens take part in professional development workshops, resume/portfolio development, and are provided hands-on work experience. Successful completion of the Club LIT program connects youth to summer employment opportunities and provides them with lasting leadership skills.
Please contact yourlocal Clubhouse for additional programs offered.

Meet Our Youth

"I learned from Torch Club that you have to be prepared and have the right mindset. A leader must provide three things: purpose, direction, and motivation.”
Gordon, 10-year member
Visitacion Valley Clubhouse
"I’m the oldest of four, and being a leader is important to me. I’m slowly growing, and I’m making sure that I learn from my mistakes and not make excuses. Keystone has taught me just that.”
Katya, 8-year member
Tenderloin Clubhouse
"The Club helped me find my passion for helping others, especially people of color.”
Diana, 4-year member
Excelsior Clubhouse