The Ridgefield Keystone Club won four national awards last month at the Boys & Girls Club of America National Keystone Conference,
They received three programmatic awards and the award for National Keystone Club of the Year. The Ridgefield Keystone Club was the first Keystone Club ever to receive three of the four national program awards. They also made history by receiving two of the national awards two years in a row.
The club won Keystone Club of the Year for demonstrating excellence in the Keystone charter requirements and for outstanding commitment to their local Boys & Girls Club. Ridgefield is one of 4,000 Keystone Clubs across the nation and overseas eligible for this award.
The three national awards were for projects in Academic Success, Teen Outreach and Career Preparation. The awards recognize high quality projects that are well executed by the Keystone Club members. The Academic Decathlon for Elementary and Middle School Club members, an Etiquette Business Lunch for Keystone Club members, and a panel discussion for high school students on substance abuse, in partnership with the Ridgefield Prevention Council all had an impact on youth in Ridgefield. Keystone Club members are responsible for generating the ideas, planning and implementing their programs.
Twelve Ridgefield members attended the National conference in Atlanta, Ga. The conference had the largest attendance in its history with 1,800 teens from across the globe participating.
“It was an incredible evening, to say the least,” Kristin Goncalves, program director and Keystone Club advisor, said of the awards presentations. “It was a dream come true for our Keystone Club members and a night that they will never forget. I am very excited that they were recognized for their hard work and the impact they have on their peers and younger community members.”
After the National Keystone Club Awards Ceremony, conference attendees were invited to Six Flags Over Georgia to celebrate their hard work and accomplishments.
Their accomplishments will be recognized locally at the Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield’s Annual Keystone Senior Night in June.