Waconia FCCLA is a 2013 Serve a Smile Winner

Delta Dental of Minnesota, in collaboration with the Minnesota Alliance With Youth (the Alliance) and Minnesota FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America), announces that the company has awarded more than $30,000 in annual youth service mini grants and in-kind donations.
The competitive-based grants are awarded through Delta Dental’s Serve a Smile mini grant program, which promotes youth volunteer activities coinciding with Global Youth Service Day on April 27.
A $600 grant awarded to Waconia FCCLA in Waconia will be used for a project called Students for Exercise & Nutrition Today. In this Delta Dental Serve-a-Smile project, FCCLA members will be presenting lessons on daily exercise, healthy eating and good dental hygiene to the after school child care program. This program will run through May 2013.
For a full list of grant winners and a description of their projects, visit mnyouth.net/about/initiatives/serve-a-smile/.
“This year many of the Serve a Smile projects continue to incorporate oral health education and awareness, in addition to nutrition and exercise,” said Ann Johnson, Director of Community Affairs at Delta Dental of Minnesota. “These Serve a Smile projects support our mission of improving health and increasing health literacy.”
“Serve a Smile is based on the belief that when creative and resourceful youth volunteers are given an opportunity to participate in public service initiatives with their family, friends, school and community leaders, they can contribute in meaningful ways to help solve community issues,” Johnson continued.
Global Youth Service Day is the largest youth service event in the world, involving over 3 million youth in service projects. While the event is celebrated in over 100 countries in every region of the world, Minnesota ranks among the top three states for number of service projects in support of Global Youth Service Day.
“Once again, we are very excited to partner with Delta Dental of Minnesota and FCCLA for the tenth year on this important initiative,” said Sarah Dixon, CEO, Minnesota Alliance With Youth. “Through our work across Minnesota, we know that when young people are actively engaged and contributing members of their communities, the possibilities are endless and produce amazing results such as increases in high school graduation and service to their community.”
“We’re pleased to partner with Minnesota Alliance With Youth and FCCLA for the 10th year,” said Johnson. “Minnesota is fortunate to have such outstanding youth organizations with a deep understanding of the needs of children, families and community and strong track records in providing programs and services that make a difference. Delta Dental of Minnesota is pleased to be able to help these organizations carry out their vital work.”