Keystone is a chartered, small-group leadership and service club for Boys & Girls Club members ages 14 to 17. Keystone members elect officers and work together to implement activities in four areas: service to club and community; education; health and fitness; and social recreation. The Keystone program teaches the members how to be caring, responsible and productive citizens.
Annually, Boys & Girls Club of American hosts the National Keystone Conference, a character and leadership development conference for Boys & Girls Club teens that brings together members from all across the globe.
The “Sierra Vista Torch Club Tumbleweeds” recently attended the Arizona State Torch Club Conference in Komatke, Arizona where they participated in different activities, community service projects, and challenges with other Torch Clubs around the state.
Torch Clubs are chartered, small-group leadership and service clubs for Boys & Girls Club members ages 11 to 13. Torch Club members elect officers and work together to implement activities in four areas: service to Club and community; education; health and fitness; and social recreation. The Torch Club program teaches the members how to be caring, responsible and productive citizens.
The Boys & Girls Club of Sierra Vista offers a variety of programs at their facility. One particular program that’s a favorite in the club is the “Be a Chef! program”. The program gives the teen members a opportunity to explore a different interest in culinary.
The club recently took a visit to the Philadelphia Baking Company to see what they do and how their day to day operations work.
The owner Samuel “Soup” Campbell talked to the members about how his business started and the different kind of pastries and foods they serve.
The Boys & Girls Club of Sierra Vista celebrated its annual “Great Futures Dinner” Saturday evening, where 15-year-old Bianca Lopez was recognized as “Youth of the Year” for her leadership, service and academic achievements.
But Lopez wasn’t the evening’s only honoree.
In a surprise announcement, Ric Boyer, who is the club’s board president-elect, introduced two new additions to the annual celebration: “Woman of the Year” and “Man of the Year.”
Standing before a packed room at the Boys & Girls Clubhouse of Sierra Vista, Bianca Lopez delivered an inspiring speech about her years with the local club and how those experiences have helped to shape her vision for the future.
Through the club, Lopez says she has learned valuable leadership and mentoring skills, self confidence and serves as a role model for the club’s younger members. A 15-year-old Buena High School sophomore, she is the Sierra Vista club’s 2016 Youth of the Year. Lopez was honored at the local club’s Great Futures Dinner Saturday evening where she presented her speech to a standing ovation.
“We thank you for what you do for our community,” said Joanna Michelin, chairwoman of the Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona board of directors. “You do incredible work every day for those who are the least, the lost and the little.”
Michelin’s comments concluded an hour-long presentation ceremony that awarded seven grants totalling $200,000 to nonprofit agencies providing health and social services in the community.
“You know, it’s just marvelous for us on the Legacy Foundation to hear your stories about what it is you do and what you plan to do with these funds. It just motivates us and makes us feel really good about what it is we do,” said Margaret Hepburn, the organization’s chief executive officer. “Thank you all for what you do in the community, you work hard and you’re invaluable.”
This year, the club added a caroling concert into the mix. Members that were involved in this event practiced for weeks. They were able to show all their hard work to their family and friends. Sunny Fichtl and Millie MacGregor donated their time to help out with teaching the members songs and perfecting their vocals.
Sierra Vista’s Boys & Girls Club members attended the annual State Keystone Conference held at Camp Sky-Y in Prescott on Nov. 4-6. It was a chance for teens to collaborate with fellow club members from 30 Boys & Girls Clubs across the state.
The Keystone Club is a unique leadership development experience that provides opportunities for members ages 14 to 18 to participate in activities in four focus areas: academic success, teen outreach, career preparation and community service.