Character & Citizenship

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

Leaders-In-Training (LIT) is for members ages 13 to 17. Through this program, our youth learn the virtue of handling responsibility, self-discipline, and teamwork. LIT's assist our young Club members, lead recreational activities, and provide additional support. They gain valuable work experience and explore educational and career opportunities through personal guidance and career development workshops. The Leaders-In-Training program is generously supported by the Pacific Youth Foundation.


The Keystone Club is a small-group leadership development club for young people ages 14 to 18. Keystone members elect officers, choose their own activities, and plan and implement community service projects. A national charter entitles a Keystone Club to participate in regional and national Keystone conferences.


The Youth of the Year program is designed to promote and recognize service to the Club and our community, academic performance, and contributions to family/home life. Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Club member can receive through the Boys & Girls Club of America. For us, our Youth of the Year awards winner is one of the most important events in the Whittier community, as it is a time to celebrate the success of our youth as a whole. For our award recipients, it gives them a voice and a platform to showcase their personal development. Through essays and speeches, our award recipients illustrate how they have turned their aspirations into actions and overcome personal obstacles to achieve success.


Smart Girls is a small-group program utilizes a combination of informational and experiential learning activities to help female Club members develop healthy attitudes and lifestyles.  Participants explore their own and societal attitudes and values as they practice life skills for nutritional eating, physical fitness, accessing the health care system, resolving conflict, and building healthy mentoring relationships. The Smart Girls program is generously supported by Soroptimist International of Whittier.


Passport to Manhood promotes and teaches responsibility while reinforcing positive behavior in male Club members ages 11 to 14. Passport to Manhood consists of 14 small-group sessions, each of which concentrates on a specific aspect of manhood through highly interactive activities. Each participant is issued his own "Passport" to underscore the idea that he is on a journey of maturation and personal growth.


Torch Club is a small-group leadership development program targets youth ages 11 to 13. 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.