August 30, 2020

As someone who is constantly on the search for knowledge and thrives off learning new skills—even if at an elementary level—I was immediately taken and impressed by this week’s Service Spotlight. Tushar Jain is the founder of Hack-a-Solution, a free virtual event to in...

August 26, 2020

This week's blog post is a guest post written by Grace Connors, co-founder and former president of Seneca Valley High School's SPARK club. She strives to find the brighter side of life and, as inspired by The Smile Project, to spread Happiness wherever she goes. You ca...

August 23, 2020

My entire life has been filled with literature—a simple fact I feel exceptionally grateful for every single day. Whether a bedtime story, a trip to the library, or writing my own adventures in blank books, writing has been a consistently beautiful and therapeutic thing...

August 19, 2020

In addition to running The Smile Project, yours truly works full time for an amazing education nonprofit. I absolutely love my job, my colleagues, and so on, but when our executive director said our (virtual) office would be closed last Friday, I immediately wondered h...

August 16, 2020

As this post will be published in mid-August, it is important to provide context. Most of the United States) has been practicing some form of social distancing since March, a result of the coronavirus pandemic that is severely affecting every aspect of our lives. 


August 12, 2020

I have a lot of social media friends who share photos of their partners. I have a lot of social media friends who never post photos of their significant others. I know some people who share every detail about their job and others who keep their professional life quiet....

August 9, 2020

Interviewing folks for Service Spotlights is already inspiring, but especially so when projects are founded from young generations. Aarya Gokhale is a rising high school junior in Virginia and also the founder of Virtually Verbal, a student-led language tutoring organi...

August 5, 2020

In a recent conversation on a topic I’ve already forgotten, a friend typed back the following line: “This I don’t know.”

Forever part word nerd, part grammar geek, I stopped copied the text onto a notepad, and carried on with my afternoon.

At first it was the way it soun...

August 2, 2020

Seeking inspiration, I opened my document of half-written notes and semi-lovely lines. Forever writing, this page is a catch-all for in-progress thoughts and potential future blog posts. One immediately caught my eye. “Write a blog post about why self-performance revie...

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