Character and citizenship

We help our kids help their neighborhoods, families and fellow citizens.


Our Character and Citizenship programs encourage service to the Club and community, promote respect for self and others and build leadership skills. Youths following this path are less likely to fail, get suspended, drop out of school or get involved with the police – and are more likely to continue their education beyond high school. BGCC’s Character and Citizenship programs include:

  • Keystone Club, a community service and leadership development program that equips adolescents with the skills to become agents of positive change in their own lives, Clubs and communities.
  • Torch Club, a small-group club offering character development plus service and leadership opportunities to young people ages 11-13.
  • Youth of the Year.  Local Clubs recognize members ages 14-18 as Youth of the Month winners and select a Youth of the Year, who then participates in state competitions. Winners receive scholarship funds for higher education.
  • Men of Strength, a collaboration with the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, helps male youth ages 13-18 to understand appropriate boundaries and build healthy relationships.

BGCC’s programs foster character development, healthy interpersonal relationships and develop young leaders who contribute to their communities.