The Youth Center has been affiliated with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America since 1997 and incorporates their youth development strategy and standards mandated by Air Force regulations in their overall program.
As a Boys and Girls Club affiliate, the Youth Center utilizes the five core program areas:
- Character & Leadership Development
- Educational & Career Development
- The Arts
- Health & Life Skills
- Sports Recreation & Fitness
Youth have the opportunity to participate in programs such as membership associations, classes and sporting activities, volunteer projects and field trips. The Youth Center and all of the McConnell youth programs are staffed by professionally trained individuals and provide the highest quality care possible.
Requirement for Computer Usage
Computer/Internet Safety Course: This class, including parental permission, are required for youth to use the computers at the Youth Center.
Youth Center Boys & Girls Club Programs
Torch Club for Pre-Teens: This small-group leadership development program is targeted to youth ages 11 to 13. Members elect officers and plan and implement their own activities and community service projects. Each Torch Club receives an official charter from Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Teen Supreme Keystone Club: Keystone Clubs are chartered small group leadership development clubs for young people ages 14 to 18. Keystoners elect officers, choose their own activities and plan and implement community service projects. A national charter entitles a Keystone Club to participate in regional and national Keystone conferences.
Youth of the Year: The National Youth of the Year Program is designed to promote and recognize service to Club and community, academic performance and contributions to family and spiritual life. Competition begins with each Club selecting a Youth of the Year who receives a certificate and medallion then enters state competition. State winners receive a plaque and $1,000 scholarship then enter the regional competition. Each of the five regional winners receives a $10,000 scholarship and enters the national competition held in Washington, DC. The National Youth of the Year receives an additional $15,000 scholarship, totaling $26,000 in scholarships, and is installed by the President of the United States.
Fine Arts Exhibit: This competition, which encourages creativity through a variety of media, is made up of local, regional and national exhibits. Young people are encouraged to create artwork in any of the following categories: monochromatic drawing, multicolored drawing, pastels, water color, oil or acrylic, print making, mixed media, collage and sculpture. Artwork selected through a national competition is displayed at BGCA’s annual National Conference.
Photography Contest: This comprehensive photography program encourages girls and boys to learn and practice photography, expressing themselves in creative and innovative ways. The national initiative delivers a state-of-the-art photography curriculum, provides photographic resources and opportunities for Club members to compete on a national level.