America’s ToothFairy invites all youth- and student-led groups to engage in the MySmileMatters Youth Movement. Using the #MySmileMatters National Youth Engagement Plan, young people can help change beliefs, behaviors and the environment creating significant impact in addressing the Nation’s #1 chronic childhood disease, tooth decay.
#MySmileMatters National Youth Engagement Plan
Download your free copy of the #MySmileMatters National Youth Engagement Plan and get started on your projects to change beliefs, behaviors and the environment when it comes to children’s dental health and wellness. The plan is a great tool for middle and high school student organizations looking for community projects, as well as individual students looking for ways to give back. Fill out a brief registration form to let us know you are using the plan.
Take the pledge to help your school/community learn Cavities are NOT Supposed to Happen. Engage in efforts to bring about changes in beliefs, behaviors and the environment when it comes to dental health and wellness. Start by learning the facts and agreeing to be a voice for change. Download the pledge.
Download the #MySmileMatters sign. Post a photo with your sign to social media to share why everyone deserves to be cavity free.
Current #MySmileMatters Youth Grant Opportunities: America’s ToothFairy has open grant opportunities for youth- and student-led efforts to increase dental health literacy in their schools/community. All applicants must use the 2016-2017 #MySmileMatters National Youth Engagement Plan to craft their grant applications. Grant funds for the 2016-2017 school year are open in the states below. Download the application here.
America’s ToothFairy provides grants to youth and student-led organizations throughout the year to plan and implement efforts to increase dental health literacy in schools and communities. For the latest grant opportunities, follow #MySmileMatters Youth Movement on Facebook (My Smile Matters Youth Movement), Twitter (@MySmileMatters) and Instagram (MySmileMatters). Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Smile Drive: Many children and youth are without the simple tool we all know as a toothbrush. Annually, America’s ToothFairy coordinates the collection of oral healthcare products for distribution in local communities. All you have to do is name a date and find a location to host your drive. Advertise it. Collect the product and find a local place to donate it to (we can help with this if you need us to). Register your local Smile Drive. Most Smile Drives are hosted in February, Children’s Dental Health Month, but you can host one any time you want.
Boy and Girl Scout Patch Program: America’s ToothFairy provides a patch-earning program for Boy and Girl Scout troops. Each troop wanting to earn a patch must complete a three-part project to address beliefs, behaviors and the environment affecting children’s dental health and wellness. Upon completion, Troop Leaders can apply for patches ($1.50/patch). Learn more about the Patch Program.
Apply for a FREE ToothFairy 101® Community Education Kit: The ToothFairy 101™ Community Education Kit is an easy to use, hands on tool to help young children learn about positive oral health habits. Youth (and adult allies) can apply for a Kit to use in their school/community. We require all Kit recipients to engage in pre- and post-testing of the sessions facilitated.
SPECIAL PROJECT: CALLING ALL HOSA CHAPTERS!
Interested in participating in a national research effort to study access to clean drinking water in schools? This project is being conducted in partnership with the University of California’s Nutrition Policy Institute and is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Review the criteria to see if your chapter qualifies. We will choose 20 chapters for the 2016-2017 school year (only 10 slots left).