Leadership Groups

Club leadership groups empower our young people to support and influence the Club and the community, sustain meaningful relationships with others, develop a positive self-image, participate in the democratic process, and respect their own and others’ cultural identities. Please see below for a full list of the different leadership opportunities that Club teens can participate in. 

In this Program

Torch Club

Torch Club is an early leadership group for members ages 11-13, and gives younger Club members the ability to start taking on leadership roles at the Club through planned community service projects, fundraising, and workshops aimed to assist them build strong character, and learn how to become a better leader.

Keystone Club

Keystone Club is the premier teen leadership group for Club members between the ages of 14 and 18. If you are looking to join a group of highly motivated teens, build your leadership skills, and make a positive impact on the Club and Lowell community, Keystone Club is perfect for you!  Keystoners elect their own officers, facilitate their own weekly meetings, and plan and implement self-guided community service and fundraising projects, and act as ambassadors for the youth at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell.

Youth of the Month/Youth of the Year

Youth of the Month and Youth of the Year aim to recognize Club members modeling our values at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell by participating in various programs, volunteering at the Club and in the Lowell community, and acting as a role-model for their peers and younger members.  Each month, staff select Club members who they feel deserve extra recognition for their hard work and positive attitude.  At the end of the year, Youth of the Month nominees have the opportunity to participate in our Youth of the Year process, in which teen Club members gain valuable experience writing essays, speaking in public, and being interviewed.  The winner of the competition receives scholarships for college, meets elected city officials, then goes on to represent the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell at the Youth of the Year Statewide competition.

Youth Council

Youth Council is a new club for teens who want to involve themselves and have a voice in changes made to their community. The Club’s Youth Council attends public hearings, action forums, peaceful protests, etc. Currently, the Youth Council is working with Project Learn  to bring change to the Lowell Public Schools. Some teens have participated in facilitation training to become better communicators and facilitate conversations with their peers and the community. The Youth Council helps develop skills such as public speaking, debating, and advocating effectively for what they believe is right.

Leaders in Training

Teen Club Members participating in Diplomas 2 Degrees have the opportunity to join our Leaders-In-Training Internship program, and gain early work experience and critical professional development advice here at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell. Participants will assist staff in providing programs for younger Club Members, volunteer at community events throughout Lowell, build a Career portfolio complete with resume and cover letter, learn how to network professionally, and have a successful job interview. And all teens participating in our 3-month internship receive a monthly stipend check for their involvement!

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Vladimir S.

An investment in youth is the best investment you can make. You’re not only changing the individual’s life, but the outcome of a whole society, a whole community.

Ajadus R.

I came here just to meet new friends and play basketball. I never saw coming here as anything bigger than that, but now I see it as a great outcome for me and my future.

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