Character & Leadership
At Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus, we empower members to contribute to their community and the Club and to celebrate their own and others’ cultural identities. We support them in real-world activities that develop leadership skills, instill the importance of building meaningful relationships, and help them to become role models among their peers.
Torch Club (ages 11-13) and Mini Flares (ages 6-10) are the service and leadership programs that serves younger members. Members in these programs identify Club and community needs, develop programs and activities and actively participate in their community. They also participate in activities that focus on personal development, socialization, problem solving, communication and decision making skills. The Torch Club serves as a natural feeder for members to join Keystone Club in their teenage years.
Keystone is the premier teen leadership program that meets teens’ vital need for positive group experiences. With the guidance of Club staff, teens are given opportunities to take on leadership roles, make leadership decisions, serve others, and engage in experiences. These experiences help to shape their knowledge of academic, career, community service, and teen outreach initiatives and projects. Keystone leaders have the opportunity to attend the National Keystone Conference each spring.
Youth of the Year is Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier youth recognition program for Club members, which promotes and celebrates service to Club, community and family; academic performance; moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability. Local Clubs recognize members ages 14-18 who were Youths of the Month and select a Youth of the Year, who then participate in state, regional, and national competitions with opportunities to win college scholarships.
“My Boys and Girls Club has helped me in so many ways. It has opened my eyes to what is possible for my future. There are so many things I thought were impossible for me, but the Boys & Girls Club showed me that I can do anything”