Character & Leadership

Our members learn to support and influence their Club and community, sustain meaningful relationships with others, develop a positive self-image, and respect the cultural identities of themselves and others.

Our Club leadership programs allow members to practice and improve their decision-making skills. The nationally chartered Torch Club and Keystone Club are complemented by Club programs developed to support specific membership needs.

Keystone Clubs

keystone-clubDynamic leaders between the ages of 14-18 makeup our Keystone Clubs. Keystoners devote their time to leadership and service in their communities. Each Keystone Club elects their own officers and implements their own activities in three focus areas: academic success, career preparation and community service.

Torch Clubs

torchclub_2010_lgteas_logoTorch Clubs are leadership and service Clubs for our younger members, ages 11–13. The goal of Torch Club is to instill qualities of tolerance, civic duty, community involvement and leadership that promote an appreciation for the responsibilities of citizenship and the democratic process. Torch Club members learn to elect officers and work together to plan and implement community service activities, educational opportunities, health and fitness projects, and social recreation. Torch Club members also participate in service-learning experiences through the National Torch Club project.

Youth Of The Year

yoy_smteas_logoClub members who exemplify our core values have the opportunity to be recognized as Youth of the Year. These youth must meet rigorous eligibility requirements for academic achievement, community involvement and leadership. Local Clubs recognize members ages 14 to 18 as Youth of the Year for their Clubs, and then these young men and women go on to compete for the Statewide Youth of the Year. State winners each receive a $5,000 scholarship and advance to regional competitions.