Leadership & Service
Encouraging youth and teens to become responsible, develop leadership skills, and gain the opportunity to become involved in their community.
Open to members ages 13-18. Members must apply and interview to become a Star Player. They are scheduled to work at the Club for a certain number of hours each week to assist with snacks, homework help, and get the experience of leading programs and activities.
A leadership group for ages 14-18. These members participate in community service activities inside and outside of the Club. The group serves as the youth council for the Club, ensuring our members’ voice is present in Club decisions.
Member of the Month
Club members are nominated by staff or their peers to receive the honor of Member of the Month. Criteria for this award include program participation, leadership, and a positive attitude.
Million Members Million Hours
Studies show that young people who engage in service do better in school, maintain positive relationships with adults and avoid risky behaviors. The Million Members, Million Hours of Service initiative aims to engage 1 million Boys & Girls Club youth throughout the US in service projects each year, with each donating at least one hour of service.
Positive Behavior Support
The Boys & Girls Clubs is a safe, positive environment for all youth. Behavior is a crucial driver of Club safety. Members are acknowledged and rewarded for volunteering, supporting each other, and showing consistent kind, caring, and respectful behavior. The Club incentive program recognizes the excellent character of members.
Teen/Youth Late Night
Each month, all members are eligible to attend a late-night event for their age group. These late-night events focus on rewarding members with extra fun activities for their involvement and practice of showing kindness, caring, and respectful behavior.
A leadership group for ages 11-13. These members participate in community service activities inside and outside of the Club. They provide feedback to staff on behalf of the younger Club members.
Youth for Unity
This program is available to all members. It is aimed at celebrating and promoting diversity to prevent prejudice, bigotry, and discrimination. The program helps members appreciate and understand our society’s diversity, recognize unfairness and take personal leadership in confronting bias.
Youth of the Year
Since 1947, Youth of the Year has been the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program. Each year one exceptional young person is chosen to be the National Youth of the Year- Ambassador and voice for all of our nation’s young people. The journey to being named National Youth of the Year begins locally and progresses to state, regional, and national levels. Teens must be selected as Members of the Month to be considered for the Youth of the Year honors. Teens must be a member of the Club for at least two years and must fill out an application, write a series of essays, prepare a speech, and complete an interview by a panel of judges to compete for this honor. (Scholarship Opportunity Program)