Teen programs include:
Keystone Club is a leadership and service club for boys and girls ages 14–18. Keystone Club members elect officers and implement activities in six areas: service to club and community, character and leadership development, education and career exploration, unity, free enterprise and social recreation. A national charter entitles the Keystone Club to participate in regional and national Keystone conferences.
TOPS is an exciting Boys & Girls Club initiative in partnership with the Madison Metropolitan School District. The initiative works with high school students to prepare them for college and makes college more affordable. AVID/TOPS offers tutoring, mentorship and paid summer internships, in addition to eligibility for college scholarships. Please see our AVID/TOPS page to learn more.
Youth of the Year
Youth of the Year is the Boys & Girls Club’s premier recognition program for club members ages 14–18, promoting service to the Club, community and family; academic success; strong moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability. State and regional winners have a chance to win scholarships.
Denzel Irby, 2011 Youth of the Year
Denzel joined the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County when he was 10 years old. In 2011 he was name Youth of the Year. Along the way, he overcame many obstacles including his father’s drug addiction and mother’s absenteeism. But thanks to support from his grandmother and Boys & Girls Club programming, he has grown into an open-minded, respectful, inspirational young man who has achieved much in many areas of his life, most notably theatre. This fall he plans to pursue his dream of becoming an actor by studying Theatre and Performing Arts at DePaul University in Chicago.
CUNA Mutual Job Ready! Program
The Job Ready! Program allows our members to complete a curriculum and practical experience that will prepare them not just for jobs but for careers. This research-based program, created by the Boys & Girls Club of America, demonstrates that through career exploration, money management skills and on-the-job mentoring, students are more engaged in their career trajectories and are more likely to attend college.