• Leadership Summits Professional training developing strong and Optimistic leaders
  • Friend of Optimists Inspire yourself and others by supporting Optimism
  • 97th Optimist International Convention New Orleans | July 9-11, 2015
  • 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
  • Optimist Volunteers Join our team to bring out the best in kids and yourself
Leadership Summits1 Friend of Optimists2 Optimist International Convention3 Welcome New Clubs4 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.

Optimists in Action Month
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 May 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)
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.

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

Faces of Optimism

Javanni Waugh
Fortis Octagon Club of Kingston College

Helping kids since 2011

Javanni's favorite line from the Optimist Creed
Promise Yourself: To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

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

6112 New Members since October 1, 2014
30 New Clubs since October 1, 2014
36 New JOOI Clubs since October 1, 2014