Character & Leadership
Supporting their Club and Community
Developing a Positive Self-Image
Torch and Keystone Clubs -- Small-group leadership and service clubs for adolescents to elect officers, plan and implement activities and contribute something of value to others. Activities involve service to Club and community, leadership development, education and career exploration, unity, free enterprise and social interaction.
Youth of the Year -- A premier annual awards program recognizing members for their involvement, contributions and academic performance. Each Club annually selects a Youth of the Year (ages 14 to 18) and Junior Youth of the Year (ages 11-13). Winners write essays and speak publicly to support their nomination as the Chicago Youth of the Year. The winner then participates in regional and national Youth of the Year competitions to win scholarships and trips to Washington D.C. to meet the President.
Mentoring -- A partnership with Big Brothers/Big Sisters pairs members with adult mentors who meet once a week at the Club to provide academic and moral support, encouragement and guidance.