Optimist Club of New Ulm
Club #35204  District 35 DMM  Zone 8  Region 5
Email: nuoptimist@gmail.com
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Local Supported Programs
The Optimist Club of New Ulm regularly provides funding and support for following New-Ulm area youth-centered programs and activities.
Youth POWER offers free events, group activities and service projects for New Ulm area youth ages 7-13. Youth POWER holds a Day of Play and a Water Day of Play each summer, as well as frequent activities and events throughout the school year. Other activities include first aid/safety classes, arts and crafts, healthy eating workshops, Christmas party, movie nights, community garden games and clean up, STEM night and more! 

Youth POWER is a way for the Optimist Club of New Ulm to give back and help youth learn how to find their own personal power!

                                    For current events and information specifically related to Youth POWER
  • Healthy Community, Healthy Youth 
  • United Way of Brown County including Imagination Library, Backpack food program, scholarship program, and other youth programs
  • NUMAS Haus
  • Southern Minnesota Crisis Nursery
  • National Night Out
  • The Grand Center for Arts children’s programming
  • New Ulm Area Food Shelf
  • New Ulm area high school after-prom activities
  • Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)
  • New Ulm Boy Scout Troop 25 and Eagle Scout Projects
  • New Ulm Public Library children’s programs
  • Adopt-A-Family
  • Coats for Kids
  • Santa’s Closet
  • New Ulm Legion Halloween Party
  • New Ulm Park and Recreation youth programming
Junior Optimist International (JOI) Club of New Ulm High School was started by students wanting to share a positive impact in the community, through science, math, creative arts, social skills and team work. 

Their group is sponsored and coordinated by the NU Optimist Club.
Youth Power
Youth POWER was started when Melanie, a member of the Optimist Club of New Ulm, put together a fun club for the youth in our community. With several other enthusiastic members and the support of our Club, Youth POWER was created in 2018. The mission of Youth POWER is to spread a positive and optimistic attitude to youth and teaching them to be welcoming, enthusiastic and respectful of others.
Junior Optimist Club
Area programs regularly supported
Youth Scholarships / Contests
Essay Contest
The Optimist Club of New Ulm supports students through yearly scholarships, contests, and academic recognition events. 
This yearly scholarship provides an opportunity for students to express their opinion in written form about a specified topic & its impact on the world.

Winners of the essay contest are awarded scholarships and by our local chapter and can advance to the district level for additional scholarships. Awards range from $100 - $300 at the local level and up to $2,500 at the district level.

Details on this year's essay contest can be found here

Submit applications and essays to nuoptimist@gmail.com by February 15th of the current year.
Oratorical Contest
The Optimist Oratorical Contest gives youngsters the chance to speak to the world. This annual speech contest is designed to inspire the youth of today to inform others through the art of public speaking. 

Winners of the oratorical contest are awarded scholarships by our local chapter and can advance to the district level for additional scholarships. Awards range from $100 - $300 at the local level and up to $2,500 at the district level.

Details on this year's essay contest can be found here

Submit applications to nuoptimist@gmail.com by March 1st of the current year.
Communication Contest for Deaf & Hard of Hearing (CCDHH)
This contest provides an opportunity to youth who are hearing challenged to present their thoughts on a specified topic in a public forum.

Winners of the CCDHH are awarded scholarships by our local chapter and can advance to the district level for additional scholarships. Awards range from $100 - $300 at the local level and up to $2,500 at the district level.

Details on this year's essay contest can be found here

Submit applications to nuoptimist@gmail.com by March 1st of the current year.
Junior Golf Championship Qualifying Tournament
The New Ulm Optimist Club hosts qualifying students for the annual District Junior Golf Tournament - Qualifying Round.

Top golfers from the district tournament go on to compete at the Optimist International Junior Golf Championship in Florida.

Details on can be found here

Contact nuoptimist@gmail.com for sponsorship!