How do we thank thee? Let us count the ways! Optimist Clubs recognize
local youth for their efforts in the arts, athletics, academics and community
service work. Youth Appreciation is the perfect opportunity for Optimists
to make a difference in their community and demonstrate the Optimists’
commitment to young people.
Youth Appreciation projects are intended to make children feel important
and highlight their positive contributions to society. Since 1956, this
program has given Optimist Clubs the occasion to work with youth toward
the common goals of education, career development, physical well-being
and community service. A Club’s Youth Appreciation program can be
more than an awards ceremony or a dinner for a few top students.
Youth Appreciation is designed to encourage a greater exchange of ideas
between young people and adults. Youth Appreciation offers Optimist Clubs
the opportunity to make a community impact by holding one or more worthwhile,
fun events that involve both adults and children.
This is one of the organization’s most popular programs, with more
than 2,000 clubs participating last year. More detailed information about
this program is available in the International
Programs Planning Guide. To view the Youth Appreciation Planning pages,
click on the planning guide link.
Support merchandise for this program can be ordered through Optimist Supply for US and Caribbean Clubs and from OptiPromo for Canadian Clubs. Contact information for both supply companies can be found here. For additional information, please contact Optimist International Programs Department by e-mail at email@example.com, or call (800) 500-8130, ext. 235.
For additional information, please contact Optimist International Programs
Department by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (800) 500-8130, ext. 235.
Publicize Youth Appreciation
Optimist International has begun developing a series of news releases
that Clubs can use in connection with their participation in international
programs. Below is a sample news release that Clubs can use for their
Youth Appreciation Week activities. Please note that the .doc version
enables Clubs to type their information into fields*, while the .pdf files
are for viewing only.
*If your Optimist Club wishes to use its own letterhead, you can remove
the Optimist International logo in the document by opening up the Word
document, going to "View," then "Toolbars" and selecting
"Forms." When the "Forms" toolbar appears, click on
the padlock, then click on the Optimist logo and delete it. For those
using Microsoft Office 2007, click on the Microsoft Office button in the
upper left corner, go to "Word options" and then select the
box next to "Show the Developer tab in the Ribbon" and click
"OK." Above the document, click the "Developer" tab
and then click on the "Protect Document" drop-down menu. Click
on "Restrict Formatting and Editing." At the bottom of the new
window to the right, click the "Stop Protection" button.