Optimist Club of Downtown Corpus Christi

Email: dtoptimist@optimistcc.org
Youth Appreciation Week

In 1954 a group of Optimists decided too much attention was being given to the negative acts of youth and too little attention to the vast majority of youth accepting fulfilling roles as
responsible citizens. Youth Appreciation Week was conceived to recognize the contributions of young people. Since its inception, this observance has grown to where this is now sponsored by
Optimist Clubs throughout North America.

The objectives of Youth Appreciation Week are simple:

  • To recognize the accomplishments of youth in the home, school, church and community,
  • To encourage the news media to recognize the accomplishments of youth, and
  • To focus attention on the influence religion and morals have on the lives of youth and to encourage youth to actively participate in spiritual activities.

Every year we have student representatives from each of the local high schools, each selected by counselors and other school administrators for their contributions to society, their academic
excellence and their personal character. Honoring the students with their attendance are the student’s parents, school representatives and the Mayor of Corpus Christi. 

The Optimist Club of Downtown Corpus Christi is made up of volunteers from the community and is part of an international organization whose motto is “Friend of Youth." Part of our
purpose is to develop optimism as a philosophy of life and to aid and encourage the development of youth, in the belief that the giving of one’s self in service to others will advance the well-being
of human-kind, community life and the world.

The Optimist Club of Downtown Corpus Christi was founded over 75 years ago and sponsors many events each year and supports various youth groups on an on-going basis. We work directly with and financially assist the YWCA YWTeens, Driscoll Children’s Hospital, Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas, Collegiate High School, and the Ronald McDonald House.   Our projects include youth recognition projects, such as Youth Appreciation Week, Thanksgiving dinner for the Driscoll Hospital oncology patients and their families, Harbor Lights Festival activity area, blankets for the Women’s Shelter residents, and support for projects including agencies that receive donations directly or indirectly from our foundation.