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 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 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. 

It’s...

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...

July 29, 2020

Every now and then, you are fortunate enough to be connected to the kind of energy and light that this world needs. That’s how I felt after exchanging emails with Pranavi Reddi, Founder of Kindness4All in Frisco, Texas. She is doing absolutely amazing things in the wor...

July 22, 2020

Through The Smile Project community, I became connected to Estella Irambona, the CEO and Founder of Mamas For Burundi Association (MAFOBA). This is her story.

Liz: Let’s start in true Smile Project fashion. Give me a “Happiness is.”

Estella: Happiness is wellbeing.

Liz: T...

July 15, 2020

Recently, I had the great joy of connecting with Arya Nalavade, Shivangi Gosain, Eesha Kulkarni, and Amruta Rajeev, four high school students based in Virginia. Arya, Shivangi, Eesha, and Amruta are the founders of The Gift of Learning. What started as a small program...

July 8, 2020

Even after our first phone call years ago, I felt like I’d known Chris McGilvery my entire life. Chris is the Founder and Volunteer Executive Director of The Leaders Readers Network, an incredible nonprofit based in Canyon, Texas.

I am also extremely fortunate to call C...

July 1, 2020

I’ve often referred to the Service Spotlight series that we run on The Smile Project blog as one of the most eye-opening parts of my work. No matter where I am in the world, I have the incredible gift of being connected to changemakers around the globe.

This week’s Spot...

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...

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