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Helping youth become responsible and caring citizens
Torch Clubs are chartered, small-group leadership and service clubs for boys and girls ages 11 to 13. A Torch Club is a powerful vehicle through which Club staff can help meet the character development needs of younger adolescents at a critical stage in their life.
Keystoning is the Boys & Girls Club Movement’s ultimate teen program. This unique leadership development experience provides opportunities for young people ages 14 to 18. Youth participate, both in and out of the Club, in three focus areas: academic success, career readiness and community service. With the guidance of an adult advisor, Keystone Clubs aim to have a positive impact on members, the Club and the Community.
Established in 1947, Youth of the Year is BGCA’s premier recognition program for Club members, promoting service to Club, community and family; academic success; strong moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability. AVBGC hosts our local Youth of the Year recognition dinner in the first quarter of the year.
The Family PLUS initiative enables Clubs to partner with families and collaborate with other community agencies to ensure the positive development of youth through programming, resources and support. Through Family PLUS we have been able to send families on fun experiences together such as the Blue Angels Air Show, Mulligan Family Fun Center, Disneyland and more. We have also been able to educate families about healthcare services, including vision and dental, through community clinics and outreach programs. We also have partnered with community agencies to provide those families most in need with emergency food service on weekends, holiday meals and holiday gifts, winter clothing and hygiene products.