EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE — It can be hard for military kids to feel a sense of community as their families move from base to base.

But with the Eglin Youth Center's Keystone Club, teens not only have a space where they can make friends and have fun, but they give back and serve the area.

"I've moved eight times in my life," said 14-year-old Caroline Rey. "With Keystone Club, I've made a lot of friends. Our bond is strengthened through our service."

The Keystone Club is comprised of just seven students, but their impact is greater. Just in the past couple of months, they've spent time building a house with Habitat for Humanity, volunteered with New Beginnings Animal Shelter, hosted a social exhibit talking about the dangers of stereotyping and bullying, and raised $220 to attend the Boys and Girls Club National Keystone Conference in Atlanta this summer.

"It's a time to get together with friends and help the less fortunate," Rey said. "It makes me feel like I'm part of a bigger solution. Teens can come together and do great things."

Every Thursday, the Keystone Club meets to plan their next service project as well as learn new life skills. Much of the projects the group works on, whether it's learning to cook or volunteering, they do as a team.

Young people don't always get the chance to be heard. But the Keystone Club gives teens a voice, said 14-year-old Brianna Beauchamp.

"We can change the community for the better," she said. "Teens sometimes feel like they don't have a voice, but when they get together they can accomplish a lot."

Last month, Keystone Club invited family and friends to their social exhibit that explored the nature of stereotyping and bullying. The group spent seven weeks and dozens of hours creating an interactive maze that attendees walked through. On the outside of the maze were different stereotypes such as "princess" or "military brat." As participants walked through, they placed a red 'X' over any names they have been called. At the center of the maze, attendees learned the importance of being united.

"It's part of a national project," said 14-year-old Carl Winters. "Most teenagers are stereotyped based off what they look like. We had people come up to us after the event telling that the project spoke to them. It feels good that we may have helped someone gain perspective."

Rey said she appreciates that the Keystone Club not only serves the community, but sets a good example for the younger kids.

"When we do these projects, the younger kids see what we do and they want to join Keystone and do good," she said.

"Some people don't expect us to make a difference," Winters said. "It's truly empowering that we can do something and we want other kids to do something as well."

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