Featured Peacebuilding Group: Smile for Budgie

For this week’s Featured Peacebuilding Group, I’d like to focus on Smile of Budgie, Inc.,  (SMILE) a 501c3 based in Melbourne, FL established in 2015. The mission of SMILE is to provide educational and psycho-social support to vulnerable and at-risk children and youth who have been abandoned, neglected and/or abused. SMILE works to promote healthy positive development of young people and advance the well-being of individuals and communities. Current projects focus on educational support, leadership development, expressive arts for healing and empowerment, and nature focused animal assisted learning.

To learn more about SMILE, click here or below.


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Published by David J. Smith

I am a career coach, consultant, and head of a not for profit - the Forage Center - that offers humanitarian education training. I also teach at George Mason University and Drexel University. A one time lawyer, I spent many years teaching in a community college where I was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Estonia. I'm the author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). I've been married to my best friend for over 31 years and we have two well adjusted adult children who teach me something new everyday. I live in Rockville, Maryland.

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