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

Optimist International is an association of more than 2,600 Optimist Clubs around the world dedicated to "Bringing Out the Best in Kids." Adult volunteers join Optimist Clubs to conduct positive service projects in their communities aimed at providing a helping hand to youth. With their upbeat attitude, Optimist Club members help empower young people to be the best that they can be.

Each Optimist Club determines the needs of the young people in its community and conducts programs to meet those needs. Every year, Optimists conduct 65,000 service projects and serve well over six million young people.

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Stories of Optimism

Community Collaboration for the Kids
July 24, 2014--The safety of youth has always been a concern for Optimists and working with community organizations helps carry out that important effort. The Metro Riverfront Optimist Club of Detroit, WSU Warriors Optimist Club of Wayne State University and the Detroit Loving Community Optimist Club partnered to conduct a Community Health and Safety Fair. More>>


Online Elections
The first-ever online election of International officers is complete. A total of 555 Optimist Clubs voted in the election, which represents 25.5% of the Clubs eligible to vote. For election results, click here.

Welcome New Clubs

8.16.14 - Ya Ya Sisterhood Club, GA
7.2.14 - Miami Dade Youth, FL
7.2.14 - Optimist Connect Club of Bonita, CA

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Faces of Optimism

Shannon Stafslien
Sakakawea Area Optimist Club, ND

Helping kids since 2014

Shannon's favorite line from the Optimist Creed:

Promise Yourself: To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

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