Operation Smile established its Student Programs in 1985 and has since cultivated more than 900 student clubs worldwide, with a network of more than 18,000 students from 44 countries, to build awareness, raise funds and educate others about core values of commitment, leadership and volunteerism.
The Student Programs mission is to empower youth to create a global movement for positive change through our four pillars of philanthropy: Leadership, Education, Service and Advocacy.
Students are a vital part of the Operation Smile volunteer community. They raise awareness and funds through their school clubs, participate on local and international medical missions and volunteer at our fundraising and awareness events, educating the public about what we do and why we do it.
School Clubs – Start a school club
Student clubs, with the approval of the school / university and relevant educational authority, focus on leadership, education, service, awareness and fundraising, contributing much-needed funds for surgical costs as well as educating their school and local communities about cleft conditions.
Presentations in Schools & Universities
Operation Smile UAE has benefited from the success and ongoing support from schools which have welcomed whole school presentations by OSUAE staff. Age appropriate presentations from KG (FS, EY) through to Year 13, including parents, have ensured that everyone has a clear understanding of the charity and the patients it helps.
The Operation Smile staff are also able to provide tailored presentations for university level including pre-med and dental students.
Students on Medical Missions
Student volunteers can train to help during medical missions. Students help comfort and educate our young patients and their families. Students also help with translation for patient’s families and assist medical volunteers.
The U-Lead is open to students from various schools as well as those learning from home. Participants will have the opportunity to learn valuable leadership skills, explore topics relevant to the charity, participate in activities, gain information about Operation Smile Student Programs, connect with club members and much, much more!
International Student Leadership Conference (ISLC)
Each year, Operation Smile hosts its International Student Leadership Conference (ISLC) at a different university around the world. This annual conference helps students develop and strengthen their leadership skills and character, provides training on how to help those in developing countries, as well as exposes them to different cultures. Current high school freshman, sophomores and juniors are invited to attend this weeklong leadership conference.