Optimist Clubs deliver youth programs to the youth in your community. Learn about the international programs and local youth projects that are sponsored.
Internet SafetyInternet Keep Safe Coalition to address issues of internet safety as children use the Internet. Optimists have worked with the folks from ikeepsafe.org to prepare a fantastic internet safety training program for youth and parents.
Find out more about the Internet Safety Education Programs
Find out more about the Childhood Cancer Campaign
JOOI Clubs 4 Kids
Find out more about the Junior Optimist Programs
Junior GolfAs one of junior golf's most prestigious events, the OIJGC provides a uinque opportunity for junior golfers from around the globe. Every year thousands of young people compete in local Optimist qualifying tournamets. The top finishers advance to the OIJGC. Past Optimist junior golf participants include Tiger Woods, Michelle McGann, Phil Mickelson and Justin Leonard.
Find out more about Optimist International Junior Golf
Originally sponsored and initiated in Alberta, the Optimist International U-18 Curling Championship has been recently recognized as a sanctioned Optimist International youth program.
Find out more about Optimist International Juvenile Curling
Find out more about Essay Competition
Oratorical CompetitionAs Optimist International's oldest program, this contest allows young adults to gain experience in public speaking on a pre-assigned topic. The Optimist Oratorical Contest gives youngsters the chance to speak to the world. More than $150,000 in college scholarships funded by the Optimist International Foundations is awarded annually from this program.
Optimist Districts have the opportunity to provide two $2,500 college scholarships, or a first place scholarship of $2,500, a second place scholarship of $1,500 and a third place scholarship of $1000.
Find out more about the Oratorical Competition (Public Speaking Contest)
Find out more about the Kids Speak Out Program
Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH)
Find out more about the CCDHH Competition
Respect for Law & Day of Non-ViolenceEncourage peace and harmony within your community! Optimists accomplish this feat by honoring law enforcement officials, initiating black parent programs, sponsoring fingerprinting fairs, and starting neighborhood watches. Anything to keep children safe in their neighborhoods!
Find out more about the Respect for Law & Day of Non-Violence Program
Find out more about the Tri-Star Sports Program
Keeping children safe in their leisure activities has been an important part of Optimist programs for many years. The Optimist International Youth Safety Program encompasses all of the activities originally included in the Safety on Wheels and Always Buckle Children programs as well as new activities concerning internet Safety. Help spread the work about safety!
Find out more about the Youth Safety Program
Youth Appreciation WeekBuild local students' self-esteem! Recognize their talents in the arts, athletics, academics and their contribution to the community. How? By celebrating Youth Appreciation Week! To honour local youth, Optimists have successfully hosted swim parties, sponsored crazy bowls, planned youth lock-ins, chaperoned field trips, and provided funds for school supplies. This program encompasses anything that makes a difference in the life of a young person.
Find out more about Youth Appreciation Week