Good Character & Citizenship Indicators

Members will be engaged citizens involved in the community, register to vote and model strong character.

The Importance of Good Character & Citizenship
Good Character and Citizenship are integral to a young person’s ability to become a productive, caring, responsible citizen. Members’ participation in community service, avoidance of involvement with the juvenile justice system, and the development of conflict resolution skills are key indicators that our Clubs will use to demonstrate our positive impact on Members’ character and citizenship.

To determine whether Members are on track to achieve this goal, we measure the following indicators:

  • Club and community service.
  • Lack of involvement with the juvenile justice system.
  • Conflict resolution skills.

Club and Community Service
Youth who participate in service activities are more likely to vote, to have more socially responsible attitudes, and to have better work ethics as adults. Studies also indicate that young people who engage in service may also perform better academically, be more likely to graduate from high school, and avoid pregnancy and drug use.

BGCA will provide Clubs with a survey to capture data about Club service. Clubs will also collect the number of hours middle and high school Members spend engaged in community service each month. BGCA will collect these data from all Clubs.


Avoidance of  Juvenile Justice System
Adolescent delinquency is associated with dropping out of high school and depressed occupational outcomes.

BGCA will provide our Clubs with a survey to capture information about Members’ involvement with (or avoidance of) the juvenile justice system. These data will be collected for Members in middle school and high school only.


Conflict Resolution Skills
Conflict resolution skills help to reduce violence and contribute to a positive environment, but these skills also have broader benefit. Conflict resolution education has been linked to increased empathy, reduction of prejudice and increased school attachment for young people. Conflict resolution skills have also been found to predict youth civic engagement.

BGCA will provide our Clubs with a survey to capture information about members’ conflict resolution skills. These data will be collected from Members in middle school and high school only. BGCA will collect these data from all Clubs.


We support the development of Good Character & Citizenship by:

  • Providing a Club Experience that appeals to youth.
  • Engaging Members in Club and/or community-based service.
  • Teaching rights and responsibilities of citizenship.
  • Introducing concepts of good character, encouraging civility and tolerance, and recognizing good behavior.

To learn more about our Targeted Programs that support the development of Good Character & Citizenship, visit our Formula for Impact page.

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