Justin Anderson, a basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers gave a shout out to Mekhi, one of our applicants who had the opportunity to play at the Summer Sixers Camp two summers in a row. Mekhi just had his 18th birthday and just finished up his high school basketball career. He was thrilled to see […]
Na’Zir McFadden, a 17 year old from Philadelphia represented Fresh Smiles Foundation at the American Friends of Italy Gala. We were very proud of his speech and clarinet performance in front of over 300 guests at this fundraising formal affair. Na’Zir not only has tremendous talent, he is a positive influence to all of the […]
Na’Zir is truly blessed with talent. He can sing, dance, and play a number of instruments including the saxophone, drums, guitar and flute just to name a few. While he aspires to be a conductor, his current passion is the clarinet. In April 2017 he won a contest at the Kimmel Center and had the […]
Aviaanii is a very athletic, dedicated young girl. She played basketball and baseball on the boys’ teams. She also played soccer and ran track. Although she enjoyed these sports, All Star cheerleading is her passion. She feels as though her cheer team is very encouraging, offers continuous love and support, and has a “family feel.” […]
Zakaa is a very outgoing young man who loves to play music, draw, and read. He attended Settlement Music School where he was introduced to the arts at a very early age. As a result he has never stopped pursuing his love for music and the visual arts. He then attended the Philadelphia Clef Club […]
Jonathan was 14 when he connected with Fresh Smiles. Jonathan wanted to bowl, not only because it was his passion but it would also be a positive outlet for him. Fresh Smiles supported two of his summer bowling leagues. With the two leagues he was in the bowling alley gave Jonathan a free pass to […]
Gary DeVito, one of our Foundation’s founders was selected to be the Patron of Honor at the American Friends of Italy Gala at the Ballroom at the Ben in Philadelphia on January 28th, 2018. Proceeds from this event will be donated to our Foundation. The American Friends of Italy Foundation promotes camaraderie for those who […]
Sage has always been happiest playing ball. “Ball” was his first word and by age 3 he was on T-ball league. At the age of 12, Sage tried out for the Philadelphia Taney Dragons. With his talent he easily made the team, but living in a single family home it was expensive to participate. With […]
Mekhi comes from a single-parent family who has been extremely involved and supportive of Mekhi’s love and talent for basketball. He is seen as a gentle giant to all, always so much taller than his peers. He lives in an inner-city neighborhood where there is not a lot of safety or opportunity to engage in […]
Brian is an athletic boy that loves all physical activities, but his passion is boxing. His private boxing lessons allowed him to focus his energy and skill in an organized manner rather than on the streets where he was subjected to some bad elements. Brian is a positive young man who is growing into a […]
I had an amazing time at Curtis YASP this summer. It was honestly the most fun I’ve had in a while. I made so many new friends from all over the world and got to experience so many different cultures and traditions. Also the musical faculty and staff were some of the best I’ve ever worked with. Even though there was a ton of musical repertoire to be learned, rehearsed, and performed, Curtis always made sure there was a fun activity or an excursion to be a part of.
There were many seminars with faculty and a variety of master classes to attend. I learned so much in only three weeks, not only from the faculty and staff but also from my colleagues. I can’t wait to do it again next year.
Thank you so much to the Fresh Smiles Foundation for all that you have done to make this summer one of the best I’ve ever had. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without you guys.
Na’Zir – Age 17
This year it was my first time ever connecting to Fresh Smiles Foundation. Our family was thrilled to be accepted in a timely manner to the program for after school art lessons. I have seen such an improvement in the way my child has developed through creative expression. My child looks forward to lessons every week. Fresh Smiles is a company that provides all they can for families in need. It was a pleasure working with the Foundation Coordinator, Katina Natale, who made everything from the application process to the approval of our grant go smoothly. They are interested in outreach and meeting the needs that children have, to be involved in after school activities. Fresh Smiles to me means a supportive group that is in favor of my child’s developmental skills at a school age level. Fresh Smiles breathes encouragement into dreams that become reality! Thanks for all you have done for us this year!
My 11-yr. old daughter said that having after school art lessons really helps her to enjoy the week without any added pressure. She said she loves art and is very happy and joyful with her teacher and all their projects. Thanks Fresh Smiles!
Cecilia – Parent
I can’t tell you enough about how transformative the Roots of Passage Program was for Paige. The biggest impact we were going for was that she ground herself and know herself better (acknowledging all that she has inside her) and it took the program to right her ship so that she can return from the program making decisions that will empower her in the long run.
I’m so happy to share that it was such an eye-opening success for her. The program was also full of intense reflective moments and some pretty profound realizations came up about what it was that she really wants in life. So valuable!!! Thank you for your all of your help.
Dan – Mentor
I wanted to thank Fresh Smiles for granting me the opportunity to dance again this year. Dance has always been a positive outlet for me, as I have gone through a lot in my life. With my parents separating my mom did not know how she was going to pay for dance class and Fresh Smiles granted me that opportunity.
When I was younger I was a victim of abuse and dance was my coping mechanism. It helps relieve stress, takes some of the weight off of my shoulders, and allows me to express my feelings through movement.
My dance teacher tells me how great I am and how much she loves my sass and attitude that I bring to dance. I hope to continue dance in the future and I am even going to apply to be a student teacher in a dance class for the upcoming season. I would love to teach younger dancers a healthy outlet for stress.
Thank you again for EVERYTHING.
Alyssa – Age 16
I want to thank Fresh Smiles Foundation for giving me the opportunity to go to the 76ers Summer Basketball Camp. I didn’t win any awards this time but everyone was very nice and helped me with my basketball skills. I met so many new friends. What I loved most was meeting kids from other countries. I also met some of the 76ers basketball players and someone from the Harlem Globetrotters. I hope I get the opportunity to go next year and my goal would be to win an award. Maybe I will become an NBA player when I get older and I will make sure you have free tickets to see me play. I love Fresh Smiles so much for giving me this opportunity.
Kaiden – age 12
My son Mekhi has been a recipient of a Fresh Smiles grant for the second year in a row. Mekhi attended the Sixers overnight summer camp for a second summer and he absolutely loved it. Mekhi has improved his skills a lot from the camp and he has applied his learned skills in his high school basketball. I really appreciate how the Foundation Coordinator corresponded with us the whole process. As a parent I felt safe and I felt like I could trust the organization. I can’t afford to send Mekhi to the Sixers Camp so I’m glad to know there are organizations like Fresh Smiles that continually help children fulfill their dreams.
Thanks again Fresh Smiles!
Shonda – Parent
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