• Honoring Our Heroes Honor a teacher, public safety officer, veteran or active duty military personnel as your #OptimistHero
  • Oratorical World Championships Students from around the world to compete for scholarships
  • Youth Clubs (JOOI) Join the world's most dynamic coalition of youth volunteers
  • Optimism Summits & Regional Conferences Leadership training to bring out the best in your Club
  • Official Suppliers Supplying Optimists with awards, pins, apparel and more
  • Welcome New Clubs Spreading Optimism to new communities
  • Optimist Junior Golf Building positive values in young people through golf
  • Friend of Optimists Inspire yourself and others by supporting Optimism
Honoring Our Heroes1 Oratorical World Championships2 Youth Clubs (JOOI)3 Optimism Summits & Regional Conferences4 Official Suppliers5 Welcome New Clubs6 Optimist Junior Golf7 Friend of Optimists8


How to Join

Become a Member
Do you want to get more involved in your community? As an Optimist Member, you will be welcomed into a Club of individual citizens who share a desire to "Bring Out the Best in Kids." We organize and participate in hands-on, interactive projects for kids. These projects range from Oratorical Contests to Youth Appreciation activities. As an Optimist Member, not only will you be connected to your local community, you'll also boast affiliation with about 75,000 Optimists around the world.

Visitors interested in learning more about Optimist Clubs in their area can visit the Contact Us page of the website. There you can request information about local Optimist Clubs, and you will receive a response from an Optimist volunteer in your area.

To learn more about membership, see the Membership Brochure. To go to the directory and find a Club near you, please click here.
 
Become a Friend of Optimists
Explore the volunteer opportunities to help “Bring Out the Best in Kids” by becoming a Friend of Optimists. Helping kids has rarely been more important than today in a world where we are disconnected from each other and engaged with our interactive technology. Being a Friend of Optimists helps support the organization's diligent efforts to reach out to kids. Receive special e-mails and The Optimist magazine. Volunteer when you want. So what do you think? Will you be a friend?

To become a Friend of Optimists, you can apply online or check out the Friend of Optimists Brochure, which includes an application.
Start a New Optimist Club
If your local community is without an Optimist Club or if you are familiar with an activity that would be perfect for a single-focus group, consider starting a New Club.