Good Character & Citizenship

Torch Clubs are charter small-group leadership and service clubs for boys and girls ages 11-13. A Torch Club is a powerful vehicle through which Club staff can help meet the special character development needs of younger adolescents at a critical stage in their development. Torch Club members learn to elect officers and work together to implement activities in four areas: service to Club and community, education, health and fitness and social recreation.

Keystoning is the Boys & Girls Club Movement’s most dynamic teen program. It affords teens an opportunity to gain valuable leadership and service experience. They conduct activities in three areas: academic success, career exploration and community service. Aaron's Inc. sponsors the Keystone Club program as part of a multi-year teen initiative; a strategic partnership between Aaron's Inc. and BGCA provides Clubs with the tools and resources to create a positive place for teens as well as for kids.

Since 1947, Youth of the Year has been Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of Club members ages 14-18. It promotes and celebrates service to Club, community and family: academic performance; moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability. Each year, one exceptional young person from a Boys & Girls Club rises to the role of National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year serves as both an exemplary ambassador for Boys & Girls Club youth and as a strong voice for all of our nation’s young people.

Youth Ministry Team

Youth Ministry at the Salesian Boys & Girls Club of East Boston compliments the goals of Boys & Girls Clubs of America to have a Moral Compass. Following the mission of the Salesians of Don Bosco who sponsor the club, we accept young people where they are and encourage them to be good citizens of this world and to live lives worthy of the world to come.


Purpose: to help the young people and adults

  • Allow God to influence their daily lives
  • Learn how to talk to and listen to God
  • Describe what they believe to others

We accomplish these goals through a Youth Ministry team representing members of the Salesian community, adult staff members and adolescent club members