Good Character & Citizenship

Through our Character and Leadership programs, Club members develop leadership skills through planning, decision-making, contributing to Club and community, participating in the democratic process, and celebrating our national heritage.

Million Members, Million Hours of Service (MMMHS) is a national effort supported by the Citi Foundation to engage millions of Boys & Girls Clubs youth in community service over the next five years. 

Million Members, Million Hours of Service also provides information and ideas to inspire families to volunteer together or help kids give back to their community.


TORCH CLUBS are chartered, small-group leadership and service clubs for boys and girls ages 11 to 13 through which younger adolescents can work with Club staff on their special character development needs at a critical stage in their life.

Torch Club members elect officers and work together to implement activities in four areas: Service to Club and community, education, health and fitness, and social recreation.


Keystone is the ultimate teen program for youth ages 14 to 18.
This unique leadership development experience provides opportunities for young people ages 14 to 18 in three focus areas: Academic success, career preparation, and community service.


CHARACTER COUNTS! is a community-wide collaboration of organizations, schools, businesses, and individual citizens committed to the development and enhancement of individual and community character.
The "Six Pillars of Character" -- Trustworthiness, Responsibility, Respect, Fairness, Caring, Citizenship -- serve as guideposts for the countless choices children and adults are asked to make on a daily basis.


HERO Challenge (Helping Each Other Realize Opportunities) 


The HERO Challenge (Helping Each Other Realize Opportunities is a comprehensive mentoring/prevention program that combines individualized case management, culturally-responsive intervention, and fun group activities designed to foster social competence and self-confidence.  



Youth of the Year has been the Boys & Girls Clubs’ premier recognition program since 1947. Each year, one exceptional Club member is selected to be the National Youth of the Year, serving as both an exemplary ambassador for Boys & Girls Club youth and as a strong voice for all of our nation's young people.

The journey to being named National Youth of the Year begins locally and progresses to the state, regional, and national levels. To achieve the title of Youth of the Year on any level, Club members must embody the values of leadership and service, academic excellence, and healthy lifestyles. They should exemplify the critical impact that Boys & Girls Clubs have on the lives of young people.