These development programs empower youth to support and influence their Club and community, sustain meaningful relationships with others, develop a positive self image, participate in the democratic process, and respect cultural identities.

a girl admiring a freshly harvested cabbage
a group of kids learning to cut vegetables
girl showing off an herb she grew

Character & Leadership Programs

Character and Leadership programs allow staff to guide various activities including small group sessions for young adolescents who are at a critical stage in their development. Topics covered through this program are meant to encourage the future generation as positive and successful individuals.

Areas included are: 

  • Service to Club and Community
  • Leadership Development
  • Education & Career Exploration
  • Unity
  • Free Enterprise
  • Social Recreation
  • Health & Fitness

Youth of the Year

An annual recognition program that acknowledges and awards outstanding members. YOY helps youth to develop their leadership and communication skills through an extensive application and interview process. Junior (ages 10-13) and Senior (ages 14-18) Youths of the month can compete at a club and city level. Senior winners can advance to the state, regional, and national portion of the competition.

a group of pre-teens hanging out at a park
a group of boys smiling for the camera

Youth Advisory Committee

The Youth Advisory Committee is in partnership with local organization, The Rio Grande Valley Empowerment Zone and its Community Youth Development Program. YAC is made up of youth between the ages of 13-17 who live or attend school in the 78577 area. Through YAC, youth elect group leaders, meet periodically and work together to strengthen YAC, and engage in positive activities for the Club and community every month. This portion of YAC is called Youth Leadership Development (YLD). These teens serve as the young voices of the 78577 community.