Celebrating A Kind Heart

It was a moment of AWE for Tolulope as she received the gifts sent to her by our beloved partner, a woman with a very kind heart, Julie Groke.

Though in the USA, Julie has been supporting Tolulope since 2019 by first providing a brand new sewing machine for her fashion business and now sending a box of goodies.

On behalf of your Nigerian daughter, we say a very big thank you, Julie

Love you, loads and Happy Birthday !

Set to Soar !

Set to Soar !

Celebrating 3 of our new scholarship beneficiaries who matriculated into the University of Lagos to study bachelors degrees in Business Administration, Economics and English Language respectively.

Congratulations to Deborah, Emmanuel and Boluwatife.

We wish you all good success and continue to make S.M.I.L.E proud.

Thank you, H.E Dr. Eniola Ajayi, Mrs. Omolara Odebunmi, Mrs. Kyauta Agmadalo Giwa, Mr. Destry Wilborn, Ms. Paula Bamgbose-Martins, Ms. Chistiana Pius, Ms. Frances Nwosa, Mr. T-Humphrey Gbassagee, Nicole Burham, Mr. Mayowa Irojulaiyegba, Mr. Fatai Olayinka, Mrs. Omenebele Oluwalana, Mrs. Abisola Adefarati,

A New Breed of Leaders

A New Breed of Leaders

Here at last… The journey of transformation begins as we commence the empowerment of another batch of high school students on the 2020 S.M.I.L.E’s Young Leaders Mentoring Program (YLMP).

“Character gives weight to your voice and longevity to your influence” – Dr. Myles Munroe

In our quest to raise a new set of young exemplary leaders and role models, the first module focused on visioning, goal setting and the foundational issue of “Character Development” as a critical factor for Leadership Success.

Special thanks to our lead sponsor JMA Solutions LLC,

Screening concluded for S.M.I.L.E’s 2020 Young Leaders Mentoring Program


Screening concluded for S.M.I.L.E’s 2020 Young Leaders Mentoring Program

We have successfully completed an intensive screening process to select 50 students that would be trained as Change Champions, Leaders and Peer Mentors across the 10 public high schools we have adopted this year.

Congratulations to all the amazing teenagers and youth who qualified to be part of the training.


Special thanks to our very dear Tobi Afolabi for an insightful session last night during the “Change Champions Chat”.

Special thanks to our very dear Tobi Afolabi for an insightful session last night during the “Change Champions Chat”.

Indeed your thoughts on critically reviewing our 2019 goals achievement index; identifying our key goal areas and focusing on relevant goals in 2020; and having a tribe – the right people to facilitate the fulfillment of our goals, will contribute immensely to helping us Start and Finish 2020 well.


S.M.I.L.E inaugurates Change Champions Alumni EXCO & Change Champions Representatives across Schools

Congratulations to the amazing youth who will be steering the affairs of our Change Champions Alumni Network (C.A.N), a community of beneficiaries of the S.M.I.L.E Young Leaders Mentoring Program in High Schools adopted since 2012.

Apart from C.A.N being a strategic ecosystem of change agents, it is a platform that gives the alumni opportunities to hone the leadership skills we had instilled in them, contribute actively to social development, access the continuous mentorship S.M.I.L.E provides, develop other skills, carry out outreaches and much more.

The 11 members Exco for the 2020/21 tenure are:

Welcoming the new Program Officer at Strategy for Mentoring Initiative and Leadership Empowerment (S.M.I.L.E)

We specially welcome Mr Tobi Olaitan, our new Program Officer, who officially assumes the position today – 6th of January, 2020.

Tobi brings to the role over a decade of management and leadership experience in Education, Community and Youth Development, as well as Non Profit Management and Enterprise Development.

Please join us in congratulating Tobi and wishing him a very successful tenure.

S.M.I.L.E …building a better world, raising a new generation of leaders


Charting a new course …S.M.I.L.E Board of Trustees

An organization’s impact is a product of its leadership team.

Please join us as we specially welcome our new Board of Trustees at Strategy for Mentoring Initiative and Leadership Empowerment (S.M.I.L.E), Mrs Bimpe Bamgbose-Martins, Mr. Ghandi Olaoye, Mr. Hakeem Ogunniran, Mr. Idorenyen Enang, Mr. Praise Fowowe, Arc. Olajumoke Adenowo, Mr. Ademola Ibitayo, Mrs. Olayinka Ogunde, Mr. Gbenga Folayan and Engr. Paul Bamgbose-Martins as they bring their wealth of knowledge, experience and passion onboard to ensure growth, improved outcomes and more impactful youth development programmes.

Ready for More!

S.M.I.L.E…Building a better world,

A Summer Well Spent – Skills Acquisition Programme 2019

Sumptuous Pastries and Refreshing Drinks

It was a thrilling experience for our pastries and cocktail students, learning to transform the dough into a variety yummy snacks like doughnuts, chin chin, egg rolls, peanut burger and meat pie. The zobo and coconut flavoured drinks were not left out!

We all looked forward to our daily tasting… Special thanks to Timba Entrepreneur Foundation for facilitating this class.

Creative Stitches

Understanding and leveraging trends are an important aspect of creativity;