At Operation Smile, we believe an investment in students is an investment in our future. Our focus on youth leadership has been an integral part of our organisation since our inception. Our youth leaders today are our future. The only way Operation Smile will continue to make a lasting difference is if the culture of caring and humanity is transmitted to our youth to take that excitement and energy into our next era of smiles.

"I witnessed how a group of people with so much good in their hearts can take kids who have never smiled and give them a new start, a new life they deserve. That day changed my entire perception on life. I made one of the most important decisions of my life. I decided to become a doctor. My dream is to volunteer and help give those kids a new chance.”

- Jonathan Amarilla, Student Volunteer, Paraguay. Today, Amarilla is in his third year of medical school.

"Student Programs is a really important part of my life. It has given me the opportunity to meet so many people from all over the world who care about the same thing. Being able to get involved in a charity like Operation Smile, and getting to go on the missions, as a young person, is an incredible opportunity!"

- Sarah Douglas, Student Volunteer, Ireland

"Operation Smile is so unique because it gives students the chance to be leaders. They put so much trust and faith in us that we can’t help but to feel a sense of trust and faith in ourselves. Operation Smile shows us that we are capable of making a difference in someone’s life."

- Kylie Ryan, Student Volunteer, United States



“Every child that has a facial deformity is our responsibility. If we don’t take care of that child, there’s no guarantee that anyone else will.”

- Kathy Magee, Operation Smile Co-founder and President