• Optimist Volunteers Join our team to bring out the best in kids and yourself
  • Friend of Optimists Inspire yourself and others by supporting Optimism
  • Welcome New Clubs Spreading Optimism to new communities
  • Scholarship Contests Helping youth achieve their dreams of higher education
  • Optimist Junior Golf Building positive values in young people through golf
  • Youth Clubs (JOOI) Join the world's most dynamic coalition of youth volunteers
  • Leadership Summits Professional training developing strong and Optimistic leaders
Optimist Volunteers1 Friend of Optimists2 Welcome New Clubs3 Scholarship Contests4 Optimist Junior Golf5 Youth Clubs (JOOI)6 Leadership Summits6

About Optimist International

Optimist International is a worldwide volunteer organization made up of more than 2,500 local Clubs whose Members work each day to make the future brighter by bringing out the best in children, in their communities, and in themselves.
Mission, Vision & Purposes

Mission: By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in kids.

Vision: Optimist International will be recognized worldwide as the premier volunteer organization that values all children and helps them develop to their full potential.

Purposes: To develop optimism as a philosophy of life utilizing the tenets of the Optimist Creed; to promote an active interest in good government and civic affairs; to inspire respect for the law; to promote patriotism and work for international accord and friendship among all people; to aid and encourage the development of youth, in the belief that the giving of one’s self in service to others will advance the well-being of humankind, community life and the world.


Are you interested in joining our team so that you can Bring Out the Best in Kids in your community? For more information, click here.


International Board of Directors Meeting (Live Stream)
January 9-10, 2015 (St. Louis, MO)

2015 Leadership Summits
Intense one-day training to develop strong leaders. February to May 2015.

97th Optimist International Convention
July 9-11, 2015 (New Orleans, LA)

Optimist Creed

Optimists provide service in their communities while living by the tenets of the Optimist Creed.

For information on Scholarship Contests, Youth Clubs, Optimist Junior Golf, the Childhood Cancer Campaign, Internet Saftey, Community Activities and more, visit the Programs page.

Optimist International Foundations

Helping Optimists Help Kids

Optimist International Foundation

Canadian Children’s Optimist Foundation

Faces of Optimism

Nicole Powell
Academy Optimist Club of Colorado Springs, CO

Helping kids since 2008

Nicoles's favorite line from the Optimist Creed
Promise Yourself: To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

Stories of Optimism

Initiative touches 'soles' of Junior High students
Leonna Heuring, Sikeston Standard Democrat
Christmas came early for the more than 500 seventh and eighth graders who attend Sikeston Junior School. Through the nonprofit organization Rural Compassion, every student in the school received a free pair of new shoes on Thursday. Read more>>

Optimists at a Glance

2364 New Members since October 1, 2014
9 New Clubs since October 1, 2014
17 New JOOI Clubs since October 1, 2014