Keystone Conference

Front Row: Mikia, 16 & Cheyenne 15
Back Row: Ta’zion, 18 & Adrienne, 14 
Middle: Keystone Advisor, William Boone
With Special Thanks To: 
and Hall United Methodist Church & Dick Hegstrom
March, 2017:  Four Keystone Club Members and their advisor were among 2,500 Teen Leaders who descended on Chicago  to participate in the 50th Annual National Keystone Conference. The youth belong to BGCAA's Keystone Club in the Freetown Village Clubhouse.  For three days teens were immersed in an action-packed conference itinerary filled with development workshops, professional mentors and inspiring role models focused on the theme of helping teens to "Activate Your Legacy". 

One of the largest youth leadership conferences in the U.S., this year's Keystone Conference took place in Chicago, IL, just like the first Keystone conference back in 1967.  

Highlights from this year's conference: 
  • The general session on community policing featuring Grammy and Oscar winner Common. 
  • A teen-only break-out session called "Party Fever, Drug & Alcohol Abuse".  
  • The Passport to Manhood breakout session and learning clever ways to engage an audience of 120+.
  • CPR Training Program
  • ACT Prep Program 
  • Watching Ta'zion's gift of meeting people from all corners of the continent, and every corner of the ballroom! 
  • Enjoying the activities in the Game Room between sessions including a life-size Wipe-Out game, Laser Tag, Dance Dance Revolution, and shooting pool with new friends.
  • Admiring the talent of Keystoners who performed throughout the program with song, spoken word, dance and musical performances. 
  • Cheering on Ta'zion while he went toe-to-toe in a dance challenge against a Club member from New Jersey during the warm-up to a general session. 
  • No longer being afraid to fly! 
  • The great food, art and architecture of Chicago including the famous Chicago style deep-dish pizza. 
Thank you to everyone who helped support the Freetown Village Keystone Club, including: 
TowerCares Foundation
Hall United Methodist Church
Dick Hegstrom
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