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Character & Leadership

Programs are designed to 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 identity.

Keystone Club

This is a group of high school boys and girls who act as junior staff and serve as role models for younger members of the club. Their primary focus is service to the club. The Keystone Club supervises our supper program, helps at numerous special events, and cleans up areas when needed. They also do two community service projects each year, have weekly meetings, and raise funds to go on a trip each year.

Torch Club

This is a junior Keystone Club made up of 7th and 8th graders. Their focus is service to the club. Torch Club members volunteer three hours per week helping out around the club. They also help at special events, do a community service project and raise money for trips.

Sportsmanship Award

This is the second most important award at the club, after the Youth of the Year. It is presented at awards night in June. The winner is a high school member who has shown great sportsmanship during the year. Winners don’t have to be the best athlete, but must be heavily involved at the club and demonstrate good sportsmanship and leadership.

Youth Of The Year

A Youth of the Year is chosen at each club on the criteria of service to the club and community, academic excellence, extracurricular activities, and leadership. Our Youth of the Year is then eligible to compete in the state competition. If he or she wins, the next competition takes place for the Northeast Region and, finally, the National Youth of the Year competition. Our club is the only in the country to have two National Youth Of The Year winners and two national runners-up, along with four state winners.

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Our Smart Moves Program is educating 2,600 children of all ages about drug and alcohol abuse, smoking prevention and how to make smart decisions in life.