Juan José Marín
Joining a club in your school is the best way to help while making new friends and having fun.
Operation Smile counts on the compassion of students, parents, and educators to help us bring as many smiles as we can to children all across the world. From the hundreds of sponsored clubs throughout the globe, to the student volunteers selected to accompany us on our missions, we depend on our young leaders to build awareness, raise funds and educate others on our mission.
Since its founding in 1982, Operation Smile has worked tirelessly to ensure every child in the world has access to exceptional surgical care. Our global network of medical professionals, volunteers, supporters and student leaders are driven every day to make a difference in the lives of children they’ve never met. After a medical mission to the Philippines to repair the cleft lips and palates of pediatric patients there, our Co-Founders Dr. Bill and Kathy Magee recognized the overwhelming need to help more families than their small team of volunteers could accommodate. As they prepared to leave, the Magees made a promise they would return to help more children — and Operation Smile was born.
Associate, US Northern Region
Senior Associate, Latin America & Caribbean
Director of Student Strategic Initiatives