WHO WE ARE

HeartSmiles was founded in 2015 by west Baltimore native Joni Holifield with a mission to provide exceptional enrichment and leadership development opportunities to youth in Baltimore's most under-served communities. We place our young people directly at the intersection of access and opportunity helping them to achieve success on their own terms.

 

LEADERSHIP. ENTREPRENEURSHIP. GIVING BACK.

Impacting the Lives of Youth Since 2015

THRIVING THURSDAYS

LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

YOUTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP

 

OUR RESPONSE TO COVID-19

Success Sessions daily on YouTube Live, 10am-3pm.

Like and subscribe to our YouTube channel and encourage youth to do the same! Interested in being a guest speaker? Click the button below to begin the process!

 

NEWS AND UPDATES

At HeartSmiles, we are fully committed to meeting our young people where they are and helping them grow from there. Every Friday we host an online conversation on instagram live @HeartSmilesMD from 7pm-7:30pm talking about real life issues and concerns that are impacting our youth. Follow us on instagram to stay updated with all the latest!

GIVING BACK IS NOT OPTIONAL!

Our Heartbeats hosted a community event where they fed over 200 people, provided entertainment and facilitated great conversations around food insecurity, gun violence and using the arts to positively engage our youth. We have a saying that we live by, "when you're blessed, it's mandatory that you bless others" and every day we strive to do just that.

LEADERSHIP IS LOVE IN ACTION

When you discover self-love you can give love to others. Learning to lead means learning to understand, accept and appreciate others regardless of our differences. Our leadership building sessions not only inspire youth to be leaders in their communities and beyond but provides opportunities to demonstrate leadership in real time through character.

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When you see our HeartSmiles logo, snap a picture, post it on social media and TAG US! This is how we show love to our heartbeats throughout the city!

 

Upcoming Events

Thriving Thursdays
Every Thursday, 6pm-8pm
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public
Every Thursday, 6pm-8pm
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public, 615 N Wolfe St, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA
EVERY Thursday teens and young adults are welcomed to join us for a home cooked meal and tools to help you level up in life!
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Focused Friday (on instagram @HeartSmilesMD)
Every Friday @7pm on instagram live
Instagram live @HeartSmilesMD
Every Friday @7pm on instagram live
Instagram live @HeartSmilesMD
Join us every Friday on instagram live at 7pm for real conversations about real issues impacting our youth. Friday is when we focus!
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IN THE NEWS!

Since 2015 HeartSmiles has been helping youth find success on their own terms. Today, we are recognized as one the best Youth Organizations in Baltimore, and the very best when it comes to building youth leaders. Check out the snippets below to see why .

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OUR GRANNY PROJECT, A PROJECT FIGHTING FOOD INSECURITY, WON THE  2020 HENRIETTA LACKS MEMORIAL AWARD

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WE TALKED WITH OUR PARTNERS AT BLOOMBERG PHILANTHROPIES TO DISCUSS OUR HUMBLE BEGINNINGS AND HOW WE ARE CREATING MEANINGFUL WORK EXPERIENCES.

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WE PARTNERED WITH TYSON FOODS TO FEED OVER 1700 FAMILIES IN BALTIMORE

"We are excited to announce the winner of the 2020 Henrietta Lacks Memorial Award. Congratulations to HeartSmiles for their collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Center for Adolescent Health on the Granny Project, a youth-led response to adolescent food insecurity. We invite you to learn more about the impact they are making in Baltimore and eliminating food insecurity by watching the video below. - JHU Urban Institute

Our partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies and The Goldman Sachs 10K Small Business Program​ allows us to provide unique work opportunities that not only allow for our heartbeats to gain valuable work experience but also allow for them to build their network and fuel their own entrepreneurial efforts.

One of the core values we live by is "When you are blessed, it is mandatory that you bless others". Our heartbeats volunteered their time and efforts giving back to the community. Over 3,000 people showed up. It is our firm belief that youth should not only learn about but be able to demonstrate social responsibility on a regular and consistent basis.

 
 
 

CONTACT US

P.O Box 11767 Baltimore, MD 21206

443-271-4075

 
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JOIN OUR MISSION!

Our Heartbeat mentors are at the foundation of our success. Do you love young people and want to contribute your time and talents to a mission that will positively impact their lives forever? Consider volunteering with us.

 

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Heartbeats at the 2019 Bloomberg American Health Initiative Summit