Our Goal Is To Provide Children In Need As Much Help As We Can, It's What We're About.
This year, Smile Back will provide two children, up to the age of 18, with dental and orthodontic work that they could not otherwise afford. The professionals who are donating their services want to give these kids some helpful life skills to go with their new smiles. Each ‘smile’ recipient is required to do 15 hours of community service while in treatment. Applications are being collected until October 1 of this year and the scholarships will be awarded this December. The first two Smile Back recipients will have their braces put on in January of 2012. Smile Back will then begin collecting for the following four scholarships, which will be awarded in fall of 2012. The founders hope to have more dental health care providers join the program, so they can provide help to more children each year.
Kristen Robison is the woman behind Smile Back, which started this July when she assembled the volunteer board for the first time. Married to an orthodontist, she and her husband know first hand what a difference a smile can make in a child’s life. She put it this way, “Because most of our patients are in treatment with us for a year or more we have had the opportunity to see their lives change. They come in lacking confidence, because they have been teased. Extremely self-conscious, often times they won’t smile at all. When the day comes that they get their braces off, seeing them smile is life-changing for the patient and for our orthodontic team. A great smile can help in every aspect of a person’s life.”
Applicants may be nominated or they can apply themselves to receive help for Smile Back. Each application must be filled out entirely and be accompanied by two letters of recommendation. Smile Back wants to collect as many applications as possible by October 1, 2012.
Each new smile that is born from the Smile Back program means a child has new hope, stronger self esteem, and the knowledge that he or she can create happiness for others by giving back to the community. If you know of a child that needs help to find his/her smile, make the nomination today for Smile Back.
Help get the word out or come along with the first Smile Back kids as they find their smiles and learn to share them with their communities. We guarantee you will learn to smile all over again. Kristen Robison will gladly arrange for you to document and report on this story from beginning to end.