• 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

Leadership Development

Personal Growth & Involvement (P.G.I.) Program
There are many benefits to becoming an Optimist. And since "Bringing Out the Best in Kids" is the consensus top benefit, the organization’s Personal Growth & Involvement (P.G.I.) program ranks a cool second. Where else can you become a more knowledgeable volunteer?

The P.G.I. program offers every Optimist member the opportunity to learn more about Optimism while advancing through 10 levels of involvement, leadership growth and achievement.

The P.G.I. program will make you a better volunteer. Through communication training, self-development modules and other personal growth activities, Optimist International is giving you a fantastic opportunity to continue to learn and grow into a leader.

For additional P.G.I. information, go to the P.G.I. section of the Optimist Leaders website or contact the Leadership Development Department at (800) 500-8130, ext. 261, or by e-mail at leadership@optimist.org.

Certified Trainers
Certified Trainers are pre-qualified “official” representatives of Optimist International who are chosen for their presentation skills, go through a qualification course and are available to speak to Districts and Optimists by contacting the Optimist International Leadership Department. For information about Certified Trainers, go to the Certified Trainers section of the Optimist Leaders website.

Training Materials
Training materials on a variety of subjects are available to Optimist Members through the Optimist Leaders website.

Leadership Summits
Optimist International will be hosting a series of one-day training events at locations across North America. Click here to find a summit near you.