Bringing Out The Best In Youth

We are a non-profit organization working to promote the health, happiness, and well-being of our youth. Chartered in 1997, the club is one of 2,500 worldwide that shares the mission of providing hope and positive vision to bring out the best in kids. 100% of the proceeds from our activities benefits the youth of our community through the promotion of the following programs and organizations:

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Scholarship Program

Each year, the Sancap Optimist club grants educational scholarships to several children in need of a little help to pursue their educational dreams. At present the club sponsors six four-year college scholarships for local high school graduates. You can download a scholarship application here.

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Sanibel Recreation Center Programs

Sanibel Recreation Center offers a variety of programs that help support the health and well-being of area youth. The Sanibel Captiva Optimists Club provides funding to support the Sanibel Recreation Center’s student basketball, archery, and fishing activities, plus provides pizza lunches on Fridays.

F.I.S.H. Of Sancap

F.I.S.H. is a human services organization, focused for thirty seven years on ‘neighbors helping neighbors’. The mission of F.I.S.H. is to lend a helping hand to those who live, work or visit here. The F.I.S.H. vision is to enrich the lives of everyone on Sanibel and Captiva Islands through an array of Food Programs, Island Based Workshops, Social Services and Helping Hands.

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Ding Darling Youth Education

Ding Darling Youth Education incorporates a variety of hands-on activities into every program. Through multi-sensory experiences, audience interaction, fun animal bio facts and meaningful contact with Refuge Staff, all participants may experience a new awareness and appreciation for the natural world. The Sancap Optimists are proud to support these programs.

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There are many ways that you can help us support our youth! From volunteering at one of our many fundraising events to offering financial support and event sponsorships. Of course, you can also offer support to our partner organizations and programs. We encourage you to visit their websites, see what their up to; and let your heart decide.

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