Extracurricular Activities

All children have the right to receive a good education that helps them reach their full potential and have life changing opportunities. We focus on developing extracurricular workshops and activities supplementing their regular school curricula hours and enhancing their afterschool program. The workshops have included themes on personal growth such as self-esteem development, interpersonal communications, basic values reinforcement, anger management, teamwork and arts and crafts, among others.

Having finalized a new basketball court in Maria Auxiliadora and joining Michelle Obama’s program We Can and Irma Garrido’s program Proyectos de Vida, America Developing Smiles de Puerto Rico recognizes that problems related to obesity are even greater in Puerto Rico than in the U.S. In the United States, the most recent dates (2007) indicate that 39 % of the children, participating in the WIC program in Puerto Rico between the ages of 2 and 5, are obese or at risk. We are living an epidemic on a national as well as international level. If we don’t gain conscience of and take action to resolve this problem in the near future, these children will eventually develop diabetes and the incidence of cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure, cancer and psychological problemas will increase since early childhood.

“Por la Salud si se Juega”

Por la Salud si se Juega is a interdisciplinary program, organized by America Developing Smiles, with the objective to resolve the challenges of health and nutrition that Puerto Rican children already experience. Supporting individual as well as governmental initiatives, ADSPR has selected the school Maria Auxiliadora in Villa Palmeras in Santurce to implement its program Por la salud si se Juega. This programs seeks to promote more active children through adding sports as well as recreational activities during after school hours, thus eliminating passive leisure and problems that might occur in the streets. In addition, parents and caregivers will have more options and information about selecting healthy food and how to prepare it.

We believe that small changes such as providing information and options, as well as motivating parents, school personnel and caregivers, can make the difference and help create a healthier life for our children.

Teachers’ Educational Development

We support initiatives to support teacher professional development. America Developing Smiles joins efforts from the office of The First Lady of Puerto Rico (Lucy Vela de Fortuño) in promoting the program “My Values Do Count”. This program provides a methodology on how to reinforce basic human values to children at risk, and is directed at the school administrative and educational staff.


Special Projects

America Developing Smiles de Puerto Rico has developed different initiatives, seeking the support of private and governmental organizations, and the non for profit sector.  ADSPR looks for these supports in order to help fund its after school workshops and its programs.  It strengthens its labor through cooperative alliances and the natural synergy of support.

America Developing Smiles organizes workshops to promote improvement and personal as well spiritual development of its volunteers.

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Art Projects

We’ve joined initiatives to promote the different expressions of the arts. Studies have demonstrated that from an early age, children benefit from cognitive process of development, and improving their writing, reading and comprehension skills.

With “Arts and Smiles”, our in-house arts program of early intervention for children and young teens at risk, we seek to prevent juvenile delinquency and other difficult social problems.

Community Impact

The new basketball court of the school Maria Auxiliadora, inaugurated in 2013 at a cost of $170,000, promotes the healthy recreation and entertainment in the school’s children and youngsters. It supports the school-community integration as well as the preventive policy and elements of social control.

We join our efforts in the promotion of projects and recreational activities which advance recreational habits in the community, within an educational framework of joy and fun, as well as through healthy, entertaining and satisfactory processes toward the increase in learning and an improved social and cultural human growth.