Keystone Conference in Texas
Keystone Clubs are leadership development clubs for young people ages 14 to 18.
Over 2500 Keystone Club members from around the world came together in March to attend the "Year of the Teen" conference in Dallas, Texas. The conference focused on service projects, leadership activities, and college and career exploration for teens. Inspirational speakers and entertainers attend the event and address topics ranging from self-image to community service.
Six local teens, along with a Junior Keystone Advisor, raised money to attend this National Boys & Girls Club Conference. For many it was their first time outside of Maryland, and their first experience on an airplane.
Members attended workshops and networked with other Keystone Club members about how to recruit more teens to their Club. One of the highlights was a workshop about taking the next step after High School. Discussions included opportunities for college, trade schools, the military and careers.
BGCAA's Freetown Village Keystone Club focuses on leadership skills, career exploration, educational opportunities, and providing service to their Club and community. The program also helps teens learn about the free enterprise system, cultivates awareness and an appreciation of others and enhances their social skills.
Keystoners elect officers, choose their own activities and plan and implement community service projects. The Freetown Village Keystoners also participate in the #WeOwnFriday events which is an outreach program to welcome more teens to the Club. Throughout the year they also manage community service projects like food giveaways, holiday parties, and easter egg hunts.