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.
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Childhood Cancer CampaignOptimists have become a champion for those dealing with childhood cancer. Through this unique program, Optimists are building awareness of the disease that kills more youth than any other cause. In addition, Members provide support for children with cancer and their families, and support research to find a cure. Find out how you can help today.
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Junior Optimist & Octagon International (JOOI) - Clubs 4 Kids
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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.
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Juvenile CurlingQuickly growing into one of juvenile curling’s most prestigious events, the Optimist International U-18 Curling Championship provides a unique opportunity for under-18 curlers from around the globe to compete in an international competition.
Originally sponsored and initiated in Alberta, the Optimist International U-18 Curling Championship has been recently recognized as a sanctioned Optimist International youth program.
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Oratorical CompetitionAs Optimist International's oldest program, this contest allows young adults to gain experience in public speaking on a pre-assigned topic. Optimist Districts have the opportunity to provide two $1,500 college scholarships, or a first place scholarship of $1,500, a second place scholarship of $1,000 and a third place scholarship of $500.
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Kids Speak OutThis program prepares elementary school children for future Oratorical competitions. Although winners are normally selected, emphasis is placed on making all contestants feel like a winner for just participating!
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Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH)
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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 finderprinting fairs, and starting neighborhood watches. Anything to keep children safe in their neighborhoods!
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Tri-Star SportsBring together the youth of your community in the spirit of fun competition! The tri-Star program offers exciting opportunities to promote self-confidence and physical-fitness, even if your Club has limited resources. Since this program does not involve physical contact or advanced skill, it is the ideal activity for every child including those with special needs.
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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!
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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.
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