WHAT IS JOOI (pronounced “joy”)
JOOI stands for Junior Optimist Octagon International and is a service-learning organization that connects all of the Optimist JOOI Clubs throughout the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and France. Much like Optimist International, JOOI is governed by an international Board of Directors as well as by District officers. Each year, Optimist JOOI Club members attend District and International Conventions to elect their peers to fill these important offices. Administrative support for JOOI comes from the JOOI Clubs Department at Optimist International.
Junior Optimist Octagon International is an all-inclusive youth organization that embraces the positive values of optimism, respect for self and others, and independence of mind through the unlimited opportunities of community service and sponsorship by Optimist International.
THE BEGINNING OF JOOI
Junior Optimist Octagon International was created to enable kids to do community service. JOOI reached the international level in 1989. Since that time, JOOI has grow to 17,600 members in 690 Clubs throughout the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and France. And guess what? The numbers are rising all the time thanks in part to visionary educators who recognize the desire so many kids have to help other kids in their community.
JOOI INTO THE FUTURE
JOOI’s vision is to become a prominent youth service organization in the world.
WHY SHOULD STUDENTS JOIN?
Students can learn about teamwork, communication, self-esteem, money management and citizenship in non-traditional, fun ways.
— When kids help other kids, everyone wins.
— JOOI looks great on college applications.
— It can fulfill high school graduation requirements for community service.
— JOOI is fun.
“JOOI is the best school of life and everybody can be a part of it! We choose optimism as a way of life, and it is a choice that can only bring positive things in your life and to those around you.”
– a former JOOI International President
JUST WHAT DO JOOI CLUBS DO?
The beauty of JOOI Clubs is that Members of each individual Club can decide the projects they want to do. But JOOI is always ready with suggestions for those who need some ideas to get started.
Here are just a few:
- Clean up school grounds
- Make food baskets for the underprivileged
- Toys for Tots
- Conduct a recycling project
- Plant trees
- Sponsor a book drive
- Start a pen pal program
- Collect supplies for a local animal shelter
- Have a car wash
- Organize a bake sale
- Have an ice cream social
- Baby sit
- Penny Wars between grades/homerooms
- Sell school spirit items
OVERSEEING THE LOCAL JOOI CLUB
Each JOOI Club has an adult who is involved in the day-to-day operations of the Club. This adviser attends all meetings and projects the Club does and oversees all aspects of the Club. The Club Adviser does not have to be an Optimist member and in many cases is a faculty member of the school where the JOOI Club exists. Strong, helpful advisers are essential to the success of a JOOI Club.
JOOI District Coordinator – Sharon Nakato
618 Pine Ridge Rd , Coralville, IA 52241
H: (319) 351-2504 C: (319) 400-5136