• 97th Optimist International Convention New Orleans | July 9-11, 2015
  • Friend of Optimists Inspire yourself and others by supporting Optimism
  • Leadership Summits Professional training developing strong and Optimistic leaders
  • 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
  • Optimist Volunteers Join our team to bring out the best in kids and yourself
Optimist International Convention2 Friend of Optimists3 Leadership Summits4 Scholarship Contests5 Optimist Junior Golf6 Youth Clubs (JOOI)7 Optimist Volunteers8

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.

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.

During the month of May, Optimist Clubs will create a widespread spirit of unity bringing together Optimist Members and other community volunteers for a variety of local-based activities, fundraisers and special events.


For information on the following programs, click the links below or visit the Programs page.

Youth (JOOI) Clubs
Scholarship Contests
Optimist Junior Golf
Childhood Cancer Campaign
Internet Safety
Community Activities


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

Youth (JOOI) Convention
July 6-8, 2015 (New Orleans, LA)

International Board of Directors Meeting (live stream)
July 8, 2015 (New Orleans, LA)

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.
Optimist International Foundations

Helping Optimists Help Kids

Optimist International Foundation

Canadian Children’s Optimist Foundation

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.

Faces of Optimism

Morgan Land
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Optimist Club

Helping kids since 2015

Morgan's favorite line from the Optimist Creed
Promise Yourself: To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.

Optimists at a Glance

6710 New Members since October 1, 2014
34 New Clubs since October 1, 2014
37 New JOOI Clubs since October 1, 2014