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2012 GKAS Institute

Apply by May 18 for leadership development grants

May 07, 2012

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. 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.