• Optimist Volunteers Join our team to bring out the best in kids and yourself
  • Friend of Optimists Inspire yourself and others by supporting Optimism
  • 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 Volunteers1 Friend of Optimists2 Welcome New Clubs3 Scholarship Contests4 Optimist Junior Golf5 Youth Clubs (JOOI)6

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.
Mission, Vision & History

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.

For a comprehensive history of the birth, growth and progress of Optimist International, read Of Dreams and Deeds


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.

Optimist Creed

Optimists provide service in their communities while living by the tenets of the Optimist Creed.


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.


For information on Scholarship Contests, Youth Clubs, Optimist Junior Golf, the Childhood Cancer Campaign, Internet Saftey, Community Activities and more, visit the Programs page.

Optimist International Foundations

Helping Optimists Help Kids

Optimist International Foundation

Canadian Children’s Optimist Foundation

Faces of Optimism

Daniel Mallard
Mallard Creek Optimist Club, NC

Helping kids since 1999

Daniel's favorite line from the Optimist Creed
Promise Yourself: To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

Stories of Optimism

Nebraska City Optimist Club is chartered
Nikki Carlson: Nebraska City News-Press
A club that had once fizzled out in the community has now been revived once again to spark youth to make positive choices and to become responsible adults. Read more>>

Optimists at a Glance

746 New Members since October 1, 2014
1 New Clubs since October 1, 2014
0 New JOOI Clubs since October 1, 2014