Character & Leadership

Our members learn to support and influence their Club and community, sustain meaningful relationships with others, develop a positive self-image, and respect the cultural identities of themselves and others.

Our Club leadership programs allow members to practice and improve their decision-making skills. The nationally chartered Torch Club and Keystone Club are complemented by Club programs developed to support specific membership needs.


YOUTH OF THE YEARyoy_smteas_logo

Club members who exemplify our core values have the opportunity to be recognized as Youth of the Year. These youth must meet rigorous eligibility requirements for academic achievement, community involvement and leadership. Local Clubs recognize members ages 14 to 18 as Youth of the Year for their Clubs, and then these young men and women go on to compete for the Statewide Youth of the Year. State winners each receive a $5,000 scholarship and advance to regional competitions.