Character & Leadership

Character and Leadership Development

Helping youth become responsible, caring citizens and acquire skills for participating in the democratic process is the main thrust of these programs.  That also develop leadership skills and provide opportunities for planning, decision-making, contribution to the Club and community and celebrating our national heritage.

Keystone Clubs

Keystone Clubs are charted small group leadership development clubs for young people ages 14 to 18.  Keystoners elect officers, chose their own activates, plan, and implement community service projects.  A national charter entitles a Keystone Club to participate in regional and national Keystone conferences.  This program is funded by the Taco Bell Foundation.

Leaders in Training
(L.I.T.) is a program that was developed by a collaboration of Boys & Girls Clubs, including the Santa Monica Club, to respond to the needs of our teenagers. L.I.T., generously funded by the Pacific Youth Foundation, is a program designed to teach teens ages 12 – 18 to work with our younger members, handle responsibilities and develop essential leadership skills. With training and supervision from Club staff, L.I.T. members assist younger members, lead recreational activities and provide additional support for the program staff.

Torch Club
This small-group leadership development program, sponsored by Staples, is targeted to youth ages 11 – 13. Within some 700 Torch Clubs across the country, members elect officers and plan and implement their own activities and community service projects. Each Torch Club receives an official charter from Boys & Girls Clubs of America.