Creating Smiles, Improving Lives

Interning with AS – Thank you!

Interning with AS – Thank You!

By Sam Mendez

Austin Smiles and their mission are truly an amazing thing to be able to be a part of. This organization and all the people who make it possible are amazing at what they do. Austin Smiles piqued my interest very early on in grad school, and I have done many projects on their work. Now, it is an honor to be able to intern with them.

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending and volunteering at the 36th Annual Wish Upon a Smile Gala. I was in awe at the number of attendees who come and be a part of this organization and their mission. Every individual I socialized with spoke so highly of Austin Smiles, Renee, Ellise, and all the work they do to continue helping the cleft communities of Central Texas and Latin America. I love being a part of Austin Smiles and am excited for what their future holds!

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Sam Mendez, Global Public Health Intern Fall 22

Baylor University


1 in 700 children are born with a cleft lip or palate

$250 covers the cost of one life-changing surgery

150 volunteers annually will change a child’s life forever

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