About Smile for a Lifetime Foundation
The mission of S4L is to create self-confidence, inspire hope and change the lives of children in their communities in a dramatic way. The gift of a smile can do all this for a deserving, underserved individual who, in turn, can use this gift to better themselves and their community. During treatment, many S4L local chapters also encourage scholarship recipients to participate in community service through a "pay it forward" program inspiring young people to participate in lifelong giving.
Currently, there are 150 chapters serving 44 states across North America with movement to increase those numbers to more than 200 chapters, covering 50 states and Canada in the next five years. Each chapter commits to serve at least six or more young people, ages 11-18, annually. By the end of 2013, some 800 to 1,000 young people will have received the gift of a smile with $4 to $6 million of orthodontic services donated.
Smile for a Lifetime Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization comprised of local chapters throughout the country that provides quality orthodontic treatment for patients who may not have the opportunity to achieve a beautiful, straight smile without financial assistance.
The Smile for Life Foundation helps equip orthodontists with the resources necessary to develop a local Board of Directors that will specifically select individuals for orthodontic treatment.