Bringing Out the Best

About Us

The Academy Optimist Club has been serving the Pikes Peak region since 1989. Through a philosophy of Optimism, the Academy Optimist Club “Brings Out the Best in Kids” with various projects such as:

  • Liberty Day
  • Oratorical Scholarship Contest
  • Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Essay Scholarship Contest
  • Brain Bowl
  • JOI (Junior Optimist International) Clubs
  • Santa Experience
  • Childhood Cancer Campaign

See the Club Projects page for more details.

Meeting Info

We meet the first Tuesday of the month @ 6pm @ East Library at 5550 N Union Blvd, Colorado Springs
the third Tuesday of the month @ 11:30am at the IHOP on Stetson Hills & Powers Blvd.

***(April & May of 2024 we are meeting the first WEDNESDAY of the month due to meeting room availability)***

The Academy Optimist Newsletter

Check out our monthly Newsletter and see what the Academy Optimist Club has been up to!
Academy Optimist Monthly Newsletter

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Supporting the Kids

To help support our projects and events for the kids, we have different fundraising opportunities throughout the year. Please check out our Fundraising page for more info.

Optimist International

What is Optimist International? It’s an association of more than 2,000 Optimist Clubs around the world dedicated to “Bringing Out the Best in Kids.” Optimist Clubs conduct positive service projects in their communities aimed at providing a helping hand to youth. With their upbeat attitude, Optimist Club members help empower young people to be the best they can be. Each Optimist Club determines the needs of the young people in its community and conducts programs to meet those needs. Every year, Optimists conduct 65,000 service projects and serve well over six million young people.  Learn more at