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2012 GKAS Institute

Apply by May 18 for leadership development grants

It’s time to apply for 2012 Give Kids A Smile Community Leadership Development Institute grants.

The GKAS Institute, set for Oct. 24-27 in St. Louis, offers selected participants the opportunity to learn, in-person, how to initiate, expand and/or enhance a GKAS program. The program is sponsored by Hu-Friedy, Henry Schein and the ADA Foundation.

The application can be found on the GKAS Community Leadership Development Institute webpage, www.ada.org/7027.aspx. The deadline is May 18.

Candidates must demonstrate commitment and ability to begin a new GKAS program or enhance an existing one; have experience with managing/chairing an access to care event; and hold a position in their organization that will allow them to effectively implement lessons learned during the GKAS Institute. Applicants do not necessarily have to be a licensed dentist or hygienist.

Participants will not only hone their leadership and development skills, but also serve as ambassadors for the St. Louis Give Kids A Smile fall program, which will provide comprehensive care to about 650 underserved children.

Ambassadors may be assigned to serve as clinic escorts, or in areas such as check-in/check-out, sterilization, photography, triage, education, entertainment and more.

Up to 10 travel grants will be awarded. State and local dental societies of the ADA and community-based organizations providing oral health care for underserved children during GKAS will be considered. Applicants must reside within the U.S. 50 states.