Junior Optimist International Clubs
“Bringing Out the Best in Our Youth to Make a Difference”
The Junior Optimist International (JOI) Program is a premier program for youth up to age 18! Many are associated with schools (elementary, middle, and high schools). Others are formed around groups who want to learn leadership, how to plan for projects, and how to really help others. The only criteria for belonging is a caring heart. Adult Optimist Clubs sponsor these clubs and guide them as they learn how to make a difference.
There are 3 levels of JOI Clubs: Elementary School clubs are Alpha Clubs; Middle School Clubs are JOI Clubs; and High School Clubs are either JOI Clubs or Octagon Clubs. These can all be called JOI Clubs and be correct!
JOI clubs offer a great opportunity for young people to find out that others need them and that they can make a difference in their community/world! It also gives regular Optimist members the opportunity to show that we think our youth are important. We are able to mentor; to teach, and to allow them to see how leadership and teamwork can change the world.
CO-WY District JOI Clubs
Junior – Middle School Level Clubs
KIDZ PARTNERING JOOI CLUB
HORIZON MIDDLE SCHOOL JUNIOR OPTIMIST
THE SOARING WINGS JUNIOR OPTIMIST CLUB
CHOCOLATE CHIP JUNIOR OPTIMIST CLUB
Octagon – High School Level Clubs
KULLERSTRAND ELEMENTARY JUNIOR OPTIMIST CLUB
SUMMIT COUNTY OCTAGON CLUB
SAND CREEK HIGH SCHOOL OCTAGON OPTIMIST CLUB
PHOENIX RISING JOOI CLUB
HIDDEN LAKE JUNIOR OPTIMIST CLUB
ALAMEDA GEMS JUNIOR OPTIMIST CLUB
Alpha – Elementary School Level Clubs
CO SPRINGS KELLER ALPHA CLUB 3
CHINOOK TRAIL ELEMENTARY
BRADLEY HELPING HANDS JOOI CLUB
SCOTT ELEMENTARY JUNIOR OPTIMIST CLUB
ALLIES JUNIOR OPTIMIST CLUB
KIDS OF INSPIRATION JUNIOR OPTIMIST CLUB
Starting a New JOI Club
The sponsoring Optimist Club or entity meets with the school/organization’s principals or teachers to decide where the club can meet and how often the club can meet including the day of the week and time. At least one adult from the school/organization such as a teacher commits to be involved and help coordinate as a Staff Advisor. Members of the sponsoring Optimist club work with the school/organization to help the Staff Advisor and mentor the club members. The sponsoring Optimist club also takes care of all the communication and paperwork.
The Sponsoring Optimist Club usually charters the JOI Club with the one-time fee of $50. JOI Clubs can begin with as little as eight students! Dues are paid for each member of the club. Most sponsoring clubs offer scholarships for students who wish to join so that money is never a reason for students to not participate.
The adults work together to “guide” club members and help them to understand what a Club is about, show them that adults believe in them, and let members decide how they can best be of service to others. Adults are there to help the club meet its goals by providing support without taking over ownership.
For more information contact Donna Priester, District JOI Club Committee Chair – email@example.com