The response by students has been enthusiastic with over 120 Members already signed up and more joining every day. This is not surprising since today’s youth are eager to volunteer. A survey of US youth by the Corporation for National and Community Service found that 55 percent of young people ages 12 to19 volunteer each year.
The La Marque Independent School District serves about 2,500 students, the majority of whom are economically disadvantaged. The Mainland Optimist Club in the South Texas District, formed in 2010, boasts three Members who are on the La Marque school board, including President Pettijohn.
If you would like information on building a JOOI Club in your area, please contact the Youth Clubs department at 800-500-8130 or firstname.lastname@example.org.