Union, NJ - Members of Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County’s Keystone Club (Teen Leadership) will be journeying to the National Keystone Conference at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia on June 22-24.

This year, 25 deserving members have been selected to attend the conference based on their involvement in activities and community service throughout the year. Local heroes like you can help support our teens by sponsoring a member on their journey to the National Keystone Conference! Your individual or company sponsorship will allow a member to attend, continue to strengthen the results of our Keystone Club, and make their futures bright! A $750 donation covers conference registration, lodging, ground transportation, and baggage fees for one member. “We are so proud of our Keystone Club members and their accomplishments”, said Russell Triolo, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County. “National Keystone Conference is a wonderful opportunity for teen members to engage with peers and discuss issues affecting them.”

Keystone Club is the Boys & Girls Clubs’ teen leadership program, which allows members ages 14-18 to gain valuable leadership skills and service experience. The program focuses on three main areas: Academic Success, Career Exploration, and Community Service. Keystone’s overall goal is to have a positive impact on members, the Boys & Girls Clubs, and the community with the help of adult advisers. At Keystone’s heart are the ideals of character and leadership development. Members learn first-hand the importance of exhibiting compassion, tolerance, responsibility, and citizenship. At the National Keystone Conference members will have the opportunity to meet with other bright, like-minded Keystone members from around the world to share ideas, celebrate their accomplishments, learn about important issues that impact teens today (such as cyber bullying, smart relationships, and safe social media use), and work together on a large scale community service project.

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Your support gives our members a once in a lifetime opportunity that they will never forget! Thank you in advance for your support. Donations can be made online at BGCUC.org/keystoneconference. For more information please call (908)687-7976 ext. 111. Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County offers youth programs in 5 communities in Union County: Plainfield, Elizabeth, Union, Hillside and Roselle. Teen leadership programs for ages 14-18 are available in Union, Elizabeth and Plainfield. Registration for Summer Camp is now OPEN! Members participate in character, leadership, career preparation and community service activities throughout the year. Aquatics instruction is available at our Union Club.

For information on our clubs and programs, please visit our website www.bgcuc.org or contact us 908-687-2697. Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County seek to inspire and enable young people, who need them most, to realize their full potential and have provided opportunity for youth since 1955. They are part of a national network of some 4,000 neighborhood-based facilities, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, which serves more than 4.6 million young people annually, in all 50 states and on U.S. military bases worldwide. Clubs provide guidance-oriented character development programs on a daily basis for children 6-18 years old, conducted by a full-time professional staff. Key Boys & Girls Club programs emphasize leadership development, education and career exploration, financial literacy, health and life skills, the arts, sports, fitness and recreation, and family outreach. # # # Media Contact Lisa Sepetjian, Director of Development & Marketing 908-687-7976 X111.