Youth Appreciation

The St Paul Friend of Youth Foundation was founded by the St Paul Optimist Club to recognize the principles of optimism and good citizenship in youth. We seek to honor achievement in the face of adversity and promote excellence in leadership through education. Each year the club reviews nominations for inspiring students and has directly awarded over $200,000 in post secondary scholarships to local students.
Students receive on average a $1500 scholarship, and typically 15 students who represent our principles are recognized. The Foundation sponsors a Youth Appreciation Banquet to honor all recipients, their family, and sponsoring teacher/counselor.