The Keystone Club is Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada National Leadership Development program for youth 14 to 18 years of age. Keystone provides youth with the knowledge ad skills to make positive choices in their lives as well as a place to use their creative skills to make a difference in the Club and their community. Youth are involved in the following five core areas:
Service to Club
Community and Learning for Life
Giant Steps offers opportunities for young people to complete homework in a supportive environment, and also offers them the chance to learn about opportunities for further education or career guidance. Through Giant Steps, youth build knowledge and skills not only in academics, but also in communication and leadership.
Power Up! is an academic support program that helps kids develop positive study habits and practices at school, and encourages a life-long interest in learning. Participants are given the tools and environment necessary to set and plan for academic goals, and are helped along the way by volunteer tutors and mentors.
Youth Council members are ambassadors who influence decisions relating to issues impact Club members at the Club:
1) They identify interests, ideas or issues,
2) They create potential solutions,
3) They are given access to the Club decision makers, and
4) They collaborate with the Club to create solutions and/or change
Youth Council members provide the Club with valuable feedback on current programming, make recommendations for new programs based on interests and/or needs, collect relevant member data and are engaged with our community (e.g. focus groups, youth voice, youth wellness, etc.)
The purpose of the Youth Mentorship Program (YMP) is to support the positive development of high-risk youth through access to consistent, caring adults who will support youth participants to pursue and achieve goals and outcomes related to:
2) Educational achievement and/or
3) Civic engagement/leadership
The YMP supports program participants through the provision of mentorship opportunities, to make health and safe choices , increase resiliency and make progress toward identified goals.
The Club is the lead organization in the development and execution of the YMP, however has strong community & service delivery relationships with Woodview Mental Health & Autism Services, Why Not Youth Centre and YMCA Immigrant Settlement Services.
Collectively the YMP is able to provide mentors, guidance, resources and supports to over 175 youth annually in our community.
We know that when we engage youth we make a big impact on their lives. Nationally, provincially and locally we are committed to creating spaces and opportunities that support youth to reach their potential.
Provincial Youth Council - BGC Canada's Provincial Youth Councils (PYC) provide youth with an opportunity to bring their voice, creativity, lived experiences and leadership to their Clubs and their youth peers. PYC youth develop their leadership skills, support and help guide youth program development and bring youth perspectives to BGC governance and public policy.
National Youth Council - BGC Canada National Youth Council (NYC) is committed to providing representation for Boys and Girls Club youth, reflecting issues and goals from across the country and ensuring youth input into national initiatives and activities. NYC members serve as ambassadors and role models for other children and youth throughout the organization, positively influence decision-making on issues related to young people, and plan a national youth forum every two years.