Boys & Girls Club of Mercer County, NJ

Character and Leadership


Keystone Club

The Keystone club operates as the youth government of the club. This club supports itself by planning, marketing and implementing leadership skills through planned activities through out the community.

This unique leadership development experience provides opportunities for young people ages 14 to 18. Youth participate, both in and out of the Club, in activities in three focus areas: academic success, career preparation and community service. With the guidance of an adult advisor, Keystone Clubs aim to have a positive impact on members, the Club and community.

Youth of the Year

Established in 1947, Youth of the Year is a premier recognition program for Club members, promoting service to Club, community and family;academic success; strong moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability. The program is most effective when used as a year-round tool for fostering young people’s character, personal growth and leadership qualities.

2 Smiling Teens

Boys & Girls Club of Mercer County recognizes members ages 14 to 18 for the program and select a Youth of the Year, who then participates in state competitions. State winners each receive a $1,000 scholarship and participate in regional competitions. Five regional winners each receive a $10,000 scholarship and compete on the national level. The National Youth of the Year receives up to an additional $50,000 scholarship and is installed by the President of the United States.