Smile is a group mentoring program that places teams of GU students with kindergarden-6th grade youth. The program is designed to help children improve their self-esteem and build positive identities, using group activities, games, arts and crafts, and reflection as an avenue for relationship building and skill development. Smile partners with the Express program at 7 elementary schools. Mentors attend weekly programming from 4:00-5:00pm and participate in field trips at Gonzaga once a semester.

Smile is a semester-long commitment for GU students. We encourage mentors to consider committing to the program for longer than one semester, but this is not a requirement.

If you have any questions, we encourage you to visit us in the Hemmingson Center (Suite 010) or contact Julie Wheaton at 509-313-6828 or


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Center for Community Action and Service Learning
Mailing Address
Box #2472
502 E. Boone Ave.
Spokane, WA 99258-2472
Location: Hemmingson Center, 206 & 010
Office hours: 8:30 am - 5 pm, M-F
Phone: 509.313.6824
Fax: 509.313.6868