The Internet Safety program was established in December 2008 with the focus
of providing Clubs with resources to educate both young people and their
parents about potential dangers on the internet and offering information
about safe practices while online.
Optimist International encourages Clubs to participate in three community
activities: Respect for Law/Promotion of Non-Violence, Youth Appreciation
and Youth Safety. Since Clubs are autonomous, Optimists have the flexibility
to serve the youth of their community in any way they see fit. Members may
participate in these activities in an effort to fulfill a need in their
area, such as teaching youth about skateboard safety if a new skate park
The program planning guides are helpful, step-by-step instruction manuals
that assist Clubs with organizing and conducting the Optimist International
Programs and include all necessary applications, guidelines and forms. Guides
for the Community Activities contain suggested ideas for activities and
The Community Projects Awards (CPA) Program is an annual competition that
recognizes Clubs for their community service and fundraising activities.
The program stimulates membership involvement, gives the Club a reference
book that can be used as a guide for organizing a similar activity in the
future and assists the organization in acquiring information to share with
other Clubs looking for a new project or fundraiser. Submission of a CPA
entry to the District is an Honor Club requirement.
Have you ever wanted to learn more about an Optimist program or activity?
Maybe you’ve heard about the Community Needs Assessment or the Online
Resource Library, but you’re not sure where to find them or how to
use them. Optimists can now find all of their training resources for programs
in one place.
The Resource Library provides new and innovative program and fundraiser
ideas for Clubs to utilize. Members can access information on a variety
of projects, including set-up steps, materials needed and a contact for
more details. The Library also provides information about the endorsed organizations,
their programs and a contact person.
Package Programs are a resource that has been developed to assist Clubs
from beginning (planning) to the end (follow-up) of certain projects. The
packages include suggested timelines, job descriptions and various forms
and letters that would be used in the project.
Endorsed Organizations are organizations that have submitted an application
regarding their mission, finances and description of their programs to the
International Activities Committee for review. These organizations have
been found to be in good standing and to share the same principles as Optimist
International. Each of these organizations is recommended as a beneficial
resource for Optimist Clubs to utilize.
This helpful brochure provides an overview of each of the Optimist International programs and community activities.