June 28, 2020

The other day, in a particularly talkative mood, I found myself responding rapidfire to a friend’s simple question of “how was your day?”

I told them the day was wonderful. “Great day of work. Went for a gentle walk. Made brownies. Learned new things in my Spanish langu...

June 24, 2020

The Leaders Readers Network (formerly Give More HUGS) has been a huge source of inspiration for The Smile Project, so when I was introduced to this next group and realized their connection to The Leaders Readers Network, I was instantly sold. 

Manogna Jonnalagadda and P...

June 21, 2020

This is a guest post written by Taylor Deckant, Program Manager at Smile Project HQ. Taylor lives life by the motto "Dream Big" and is always trying to find ways to give back. She always finds the good in people and is very happy to contribute to a movement she truly b...

June 17, 2020

As COVID-19 swept across the world, communities far and wide have had to deal with the repercussions of a global pandemic. In Cameroon, Birndze Bete Dzekewong, Founder and CEO of African Youth for Sustainable Agriculture (AYOSA), stepped up to support communities in ne...

June 14, 2020

One of my favorite things about The Smile Project is being able to connect with changemakers around the world. This week’s #ServiceSpotlight is a beautiful example of that. Joseph F. Kolapudi works with TribesforGOOD, an organization based in India. Let’s meet him. 


June 10, 2020

I was talking to a friend the other night when they said something that reminded me of a quote I had long forgotten. 

In the television show Modern Family, a character explains: “There are dreamers and there are realists in this world. You'd think the dreamers would fin...

June 7, 2020

To the graduating seniors in the Class of 2020: 

This isn’t the way it was supposed to be. You already know that. But let’s put it on the record: This isn’t the way it was supposed to be and that really sucks. 

You had plans for spring sports, musicals, concerts, dances,...

June 3, 2020

In my life, I feel so grateful to have been taught, mentored, and guided, not just by teachers, managers, and coaches, but also by my peers, by students I’ve counseled at camps, and really by anyone who takes the time to listen, learn, and grow with me. This week’s Ser...

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