Our Local Board of Directors
Amanda Pinder-Hynes, DDS - Pediatric Dentist, El Rio Community Health Center
Board of Directors:
Linda Wilson - Long Realty
Dr Andrew Zale, DDS - Pediatric Dentist
Smile for a Lifetime
Smile for a Lifetime Foundation (a.k.a. S4L) is a charitable non-profit organization that provides free orthodontic (free braces) care to children and teens in Tucson AZ who otherwise may not have the opportunity to acquire assistance.
Launched in 2008, Smile for a Lifetime Foundation aims to reach individuals with financial challenges, special situations, and special orthodontic needs. The Foundation sponsors the orthodontic care of hundreds of patients each year.
Smile for a Lifetime Foundation has participating orthodontists throughout the United States. Each chapter has its own local Board of Directors who chooses patients to be treated by the Foundation.
Dr. Leo Toureno is the founder and the Executive Director of our local Greater Tucson Chapter. However, only members of the Board of Directors have a vote for the S4L Scholar selection. Dr. Leo Toureno and the Board of Directors do not receive monetary compensation for their services.
It is our mission to create self-confidence, inspire hope, and change the lives of children in our Southern Arizona communities in a dramatic way. The gift of a smile can do all this for a deserving, underserved individual who, in turn, can use this gift to better themselves and our local community.
Meet Dr. Leo Toureno
Hello, most people call me Dr. Leo, and as someone who grew up in a third world country, I had an opportunity to see first hand the poverty many children are faced with everyday. Today, I am blessed with a wonderful family and a great place to live in -- Tucson, Arizona, United States of America! However, there are still many children and Teens that need help here. I keep thinking: "if only these deserving individuals can increase their confidence and outlook in life, they could make not only their world better but also our community even brighter!" Please join me to make Tucson and Southern Arizona more beautiful with more Smiling faces.
Board of Directors
Our Local Board Members are as diverse as the communities we serve; however, leadership and passion for community improvements are characteristics they all share. Please click on their names on the left column to learn more about them. Only members of the Board of Directors each have a vote for S4L Scholarship selection.
Important Guidelines in applying for braces through Smile for a Lifetime Foundation:
Applicant must be a resident of Tucson AZ, including Vail, Marana, Oro Valley, Sahuarita and Green Valley.
Applicant must be between 11 and 18 years of age (In general, please don't apply yet if you have baby teeth). Exceptions to the age limit may be considered by the Board if you present a compelling case in your application.
Applicant should demonstrate a positive attitude.
Have good dental hygiene practices.
Applicant must agree to follow the treatment plan and demonstrate the ability and commitment to make all appointments on time. Appointments for our S4L Scholars will be weekdays Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10AM-3PM only.
Must be willing to "Pay it Forward" by completing a minimum of 40 hours of community service while on braces treatment.
Currently not be in orthodontic braces. We do not accept transfer cases.
Two Letters of Recommendation are mandatory. They must be signed and dated. These 2 letters should be from community leaders and/or teachers.
Latest Report Card from your school; must currently be an enrolled student.
2 Photos required: Close up photo of applicant's teeth while smiling: (1) photo with teeth showing from front and (1) photo of teeth from the side.
Applications that do not meet these criteria will be considered incomplete and will not be voted on by our Board of Directors.
Please have these available prior to applying Online or you may have to refill the online form over again which can be frustrating:
(1) 2 letters of recommendations (saved in your phone or computer ready to upload into the online form in .pdf, .jpeg, .doc, .docx)
(2) Report card from your school (saved in your phone or computer ready to upload into the online form in .pdf, .jpeg, .doc, .docx)
(3) 2 Photos Smiling teeth showing Front & Side (saved in your phone or computer ready to upload into the online form in .pdf, .jpeg, .doc, .docx)
(4) Answers to these questions for your Community Service (Applicant):
(a) Who: Name of organization you’ll be volunteering in. What is their mission statement?
(b) What: What does the organization need help with? What will you be doing?
(c) Why: What is most important to you about helping this organization?
(5) Answers to these questions about yourself (Applicant):
(a) What do you like to do? Favorite hobbies, extracurricular activities, and the type of goals and aspirations in life, etc.
(b) How many siblings do you have, who are they, do they live with you, what do you like to do together, etc?
(c) Please tell us in detail, why you would like braces and how will it change your life?
How to Apply?
(1) Please Apply Online (Best Way). Please allow your camera on your phone/computer to take pictures of your teeth if you don’t have these pictures saved in your phone/computer yet.
(2) Download a copy here (We discourage paper application as missing documents occur frequently and may decrease your chance of a successful outcome):
If you don't have access to a a smart phone or computer, you may pick up a copy of the application at our office.
Mail or drop off your completed application to:
Attn: S4L Greater Tucson
5121 S. Calle Santa Cruz #105, Tucson AZ 85706
Please do not call us regarding the status of your application as we may not have that information at hand.
After submission of your application, you may be asked to come in for an oral screening/exam prior to a final decision.
For questions e-mail works best: firstname.lastname@example.org