Leadership. Community Service. Change.
This leadership development experience is a popular component of our three high school centers. Keystone is a Boys & Girls Clubs of America premier teen program sponsored by Taco Bell Foundation for Teens with a focus on leadership development through community service. Diligent participants in academics, arts and athletics programming are recruited to create a team of volunteers who can learn from each other’s strengths and work together to reach their full potential.
Torch Club is a leadership skill building opportunity during a critical stage of development. This experience is open to middle school students and gives them the opportunity to elect their own officers and work together to implement community service activities. It serves as a powerful vehicle through which Club staff can provide guidance to our middle school students as they prepare for the transition to high school.
Enabling youth to become responsible, caring and productive citizens is the main thrust of the Leadership and Character Development program. Opportunities are offered that provide for planning, decision-making and contributions to the Club and the Los Angeles Harbor community at large.
Meet the Leaders
"“The Club has allowed me to be the leader that not only my Club needs by my community needs. As I move forward, I am keeping my grades up, becoming more active within my high school, and maintaining my dedication to my Club site because I know I am capable of greatness.”
"As I grew up, my Clubhouse grew up with me. Now, as a high school student, I will soon be on my own. I will be prepared to succeed because of the constant help my Club gives to each and every member that walks through those doors. Through programs like Keystone Leadership and College Bound, I am an active member of my community and am learning about college applications. Because of the Club, I am one step closer to achieving my dream of becoming a Child and Family Social Worker."
"Helping others and giving back to the community is something that we do in Torch Club. Sometimes, people have problems but we can always fix it when we work as a team to solve the problem. I think when I'm older, I'm going to be able to help more people because of what Torch Club taught me."
"I’ve been a Keystone Advisor for seven years and one of the many reasons I love this program is it builds civic engagement at a young age. Getting young people involved within their community is important because they get the opportunity to voice their opinions at the table on issues their communities face and many times work towards solutions. The Keystone Leadership Program shows young people that kindness, caring, inclusiveness, pride and hope ultimately build great communities and futures.
SONIA/ KEYSTONE ADVISOR
"Torch Club teaches our members about responsibility and leadership. Members are given the opportunity to have a voice and help make the Club a better place for all to enjoy"
PAIGE/ TORCH CLUB ADVISOR