Clubs within the Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County provide our teens unique opportunities to grow and develop their leadership skills. Lippert has been supporting Club activities like these for more than 15 years.
These programs provide leadership development opportunities through Keystone Club, Torch Club and Youth Of The Year programs.
Torch Club is a small-group leadership and service club for boys and girls ages 10-13. It’s 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.
Keystone Club is our most dynamic teen program for ages 14-18. It affords teens an opportunity to gain valuable leadership and service experience. Teens conduct activities in four areas: academic success, career exploration, community service and teen outreach. With the guidance of an adult advisor, Keystone Clubs aim to positively impact teens, their Club and local communities.
Youth of the Year is Boys & Girls Clubs premier leadership program, distinguishing and celebrating the extraordinary achievements of Club members who embody the values of leadership, service, academic excellence, and healthy lifestyles. Each year, thousands of Club teens participate in local, state and regional Youth of the Year events. Six teens advance to the National Youth of the Year, where one outstanding young person is named National Youth of the Year. This national teen spokesperson is a role model, leader and advocate for the millions of youth served by Clubs each year and all of America’s young people.
2022 Youth of the Year winners selected
All four Clubhouses have selected their Youth Of The Year winners.
Satarah Tittle from Elkhart Club, Kiley Hutton from Goshen Club, Andrew Deal from Middlebury Club and Paige Truman from Nappanee Club were selected after months of preparation.
Candidates for the honor write several essays, participate in interviews with judges, prepare and deliver speeches, develop a resume of their activities and solicit letters of recommendation about their leadership and potential.
All four of the Elkhart County winners are heavily involved in their school and Club activities. They cited that experience in their interviews with the judges.
“The activities you can get involved with at Club are so incredible,” Deal said. “The experience and friends I have wouldn’t be possible without it.”
“When I’m at Club it gives me something to do that’s impactful,” Tittle said. “It’s also a comfortable place.”
The teens told the judges that there are issues facing teens today they hope to help overcome.
“Right now, self-awareness is a big issue,” said Truman. “A lot of people my age can’t open up because they have been isolated during Covid. We need to teach them how to open up.”
Hutton said social media is also a concern.
“It affects teens in a way that’s hard for people to understand. We take social media and mask our problems with it. It’s sad to see how negative it can be if you let it,” she said.
Hutton was selected from among the four to represent Elkhart County at the state Youth Of The Year competition, with hopes of moving on to the regional and national competitions.
Six teens, including five regional winners and a national military youth winner, advance to the National Youth of the Year Celebration, where one outstanding young person is named Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s national teen spokesperson.
Jason Lippert Talks To Teens About Career Development
Teen were treated to food and a discussion about careers and becoming a strong leader during a visit by Jason Lippert from Lippert. He took questions the members had about the skills needed join the workforce and shared the qualities that help define a strong leader in an organization. We appreciate the commitment our partners have in developing the next generation.
Middlebury And Goshen Teens Tour Lippert Plant
Club works hard to make sure our teens are ready for life after high school. That includes college visits and opportunities to partner with local companies like Lippert to show them the skills they’ll need to be workforce ready. These teens from Goshen and Middlebury visited Lippert Plant 85 for a tour.