Character & Leadership


Leadership Overview

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta

At Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, we empower our kids and teens to become young leaders. We show them the power and responsibilities of citizenship and expose them to different cultures. We teach them about potential career paths and help them develop skills related to interviewing and public speaking. Perhaps most important, we focus on the importance of building meaningful relationships, developing a strong self-image, and serving as a positive influence.

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Kids Face Challenges Every Day

Many of our youth come from environments that aren’t as supportive as they need. They have little exposure to opportunities and may not have the resources or role models to chart a better path. Even though many of these kids don’t have much, we teach them they have the power to make change and give back.

Programs with Impact

Character and leadership are cornerstones in leading a successful, impactful, and fulfilling life. At Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, we are focused on building young leaders. Check out our programs!

Youth of the Year


Youth of the Year is a year-round character and leadership program that recognizes Boys & Girls Club members who demonstrate academic achievement, leadership skills, and service to the community. Aged 14-18, these teens are working hard, investing in themselves, and have their sights set on achieving a GREAT FUTURE. Every month, each of our Clubs honors a young man or woman who is leading in their Club and community. From this group, they choose one outstanding candidate to represent their Club at the annual Youth of the Year Awards & Dinner Celebration. Check out more about our Youth of the Year program!


Keystone Club


The Keystone Club is our signature leadership program for teens ages 14 to 18. Youth participate, both in and out of the Club, in activities in three focus areas: academic success, career preparation, and community service. Through the guidance of an adult advisor, Keystone Clubs aim to have a positive impact on members, the Club, and community.

Torch Club

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Torch Clubs are chartered leadership and service clubs for boys and girls ages 11 to 13. Torch Club members learn to elect officers and work together to carry out activities. They work in collaboration with Keystone Club.

Passport to Manhood


Passport to Manhood teaches responsibility in Club boys ages 11 to13. Passport to Manhood consists of 10 sessions, each concentrating on Determination, Dedication, and Discipline as the foundation for successful manhood. The program is designed to help middle school boys develop positive self-concept, build awareness of the greater community and world, and set educational and career goals.

Teen Poetry Slam

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Teen Poetry Slam is a program for middle and high school members aimed at helping develop writing and public speaking skills. It is taught in collaboration with Woodruff Art Center’s Arts for Learning. Teens study poetry, write original pieces, and compete in a poetry slam.

Learn how you can become a Program Partner today!

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Check your Local Club page for more about the programs we offer at specific locations!

Our kids stand up for what is right!

93% report speaking up for people who’ve been treated unfairly.


Our teens know the importance of giving back!


More than 75 percent of our teens volunteer on at least a monthly basis – a rate three times higher than the national average.

Our members know it’s better to give than receive!

Check out this holiday video from our Lawrenceville kids and prepare to be inspired!

Our kids are leading in their communities!


More than 1,300 kids and teens participated in key leadership programs at their Clubs to build skills they can use now and beyond.

 These Programs Help Kids Succeed








Enroll Your Child Today

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta works to save and change the lives of children and teens, especially those who need us most, by providing them with a safe, positive and engaging environment and programs that prepare and inspire them to achieve Great Futures. Ready to sign up? We can’t wait to meet you and your family! Find out next steps and get answers to frequently asked questions!

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Find a Club Near You

Our Clubs are kid-focused, fun, and engaging! We have 25 locations in 10 counties in and around Atlanta. Nearly all of our spaces offer a learning center, game room, technology center, fine arts facility, full court gym, meeting rooms, athletic fields, and a dedicated space for teens. Want to find the Club that is right for your family? Check out our locations!


Character & Leadership News & Stories

Success Stories

“It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela

At Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, we see success day in and day out! From our kids to our staff to the supporters that make our work possible, we’re surrounded by everyday heroes. Find out how our Club family is helping make their communities and the world a better place.



Want a New Career?

At Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, we have trained, dedicated, and nurturing staff. We are fortunate to work with some of the best and brightest minds in the field. No matter your role, we will put your passion to work for our kids. We’d love to meet you and find out how you can help change lives. Come join us!



 Want to Volunteer?

We love our volunteers! They give us critical support and show our kids that helping hands extend beyond our doors. Whether you are looking to help with homework, tackle landscaping projects, or coach a sports team, we have the right opportunity for you. We welcome both individuals and groups. Find out how you can give and get involved.


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