Character & Leadership
At Boys & Girls Clubs of Marion County, we empower members to contribute to their community and the Club and to celebrate their own and others’ cultural identities. We support them in real-world activities that develop leadership skills, instill the importance of building meaningful relationships, and help them to become role models among their peers.
Torch Clubs are chartered small-group leadership and service clubs for boys and girls ages 10-13. A Torch Club is a powerful vehicle through which Club staff can help meet the special character development needs of younger adolescents at a critical stage in their development. Torch Club members learn to elect officers and work together to implement activities in four areas: service to Club and community, education, health and fitness and social recreation.
Young people prepare for future roles as human services professionals by participating in career development activities, discovering the importance of community service, building customer service skills and completing a Club apprenticeship. Junior Staff is a small-group program that is both practical and user friendly. It assists Club Members in exploring a career in youth or human services, particularly Boys & Girls Club work. Junior Staff provides members with age appropriate skill building opportunities and hands on Club work experience in four areas: Career development, Apprenticeship, Customer Service and Community Service.
“I didn’t think people cared for others until I started coming to the Club!”