4 South Main Street
Fall River, MA 02721
Ph: (508) 679-5233
Fx: (508) 679-6211
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SMILES began in 2003 as a partnership involving leaders from the business, faith, and education communities in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The program was developed in response to the area’s longstanding high and chronic dropout rate, which has contributed to poor workforce education demographics and inhibited economic development. The establishment of SMILES is a direct response to research that identified mentoring as the most effective strategy to keep at-risk students in school through graduation. The SMILES Mentoring Program helps to empower youth in our community to make positive life choices that enable them to maximize their potential. The mentoring program recruits adult volunteers who will commit to supporting, guiding, and being a friend to a young person for a period of at least one school year, one hour per week. SMILES Mentors are an asset to the community. As a group they serve to be part of the solution to attaining a better educated, responsible and community minded society.
- SMILES is a school based one-to-one mentoring program.
- SMILES connects caring adults with students to encourage and help them thrive both in and out of
- The mission of SMILES is to help at-risk children realize their personal and educational potential through
a large scale one-to-one mentoring program.
A SMILES facilitator leads the group of one-to-one matches for an hour each week through activities
designed to help build healthy relationships.
A SMILES facilitator leads the group of one-to-one matches for an hour each week thorough
activities designed to help to improve the student’s reading and literacy skills.
Matches meet weekly, one-to-one in the child’s school. SMILES provides mentors with a kit that
includes suggestions and ideas for activities and conversation.
“The value of someone’s worth shouldn’t be measured by how much they make, where they live
or how big their house is, but by what they can give back.”
- SMILES Mentor