About Optimist International

Meeting the needs of young people in communities worldwide, Optimist Clubs have been “Bringing Out the Best in Youth, in our Communities, and in Ourselves” since 1919. Optimist Clubs conduct positive service projects aimed at providing a helping hand to youth. Club Members are best known in their communities for their upbeat attitudes. By believing in young people and empowering them to be the best they can, Optimist volunteers continually make this world a better place to live. There are 80,000 Members who belong to almost 3,000 Clubs in 20 countries. Optimists conduct 65,000 service projects each year, serving six million young people. Optimists also spend $78 million on their communities annually.