WHY SMILE WORKS
There are four main elements that make the program successful:
Teacher Professional Development: Teachers are required to participate in annual workshops
The Pathway: SMILE is a continuous program, spanning from 4th to 12th grade. It includes weekly club meetings and annual events
College Connection: SMILE links students to Oregon's public universities and promotes college and career awareness
Statewide Community: Supportive network of clubs in rural communities across Oregon
WHO CAN BE A SMILE CLUB MEMBER?
Students apply each fall for membership into the SMILE Club. Students must be working at grade level, receiving grades of C or better, have good behavior, and be recommended by a teacher. Priority is given to students who were previously SMILE members (to encourage continuity), minority students, students who are low income, and those who would be the first in their families to go to college.