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Grant Check Brings Smiles, Delivers Dreams

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By DTA Foundation Executive Director Laura Fleming Doyle

Recently, I had the privilege of representing the Dental Trade Alliance Foundation for a DTAF grant check presentation ceremony at the Kensington Health Sciences Academy in Philadelphia, Pa. The Kensington Academy and the A. Philip Randolph Career and Technical High School, which have minority enrollment of 94% and 98%, were awarded a 2016 DTA Foundation grant for an innovative pilot project managed by CF Charities.

This DTA Foundation grant-funded project provides mentors for these inner-city high school students enrolled in the dental assisting programs and will give these young people even more of a chance at success while also introducing more minorities to the profession. Temple University Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry dental students were the first to volunteer to serve as mentors, with two dental students joining us the day of the check presentation ceremony. Upon graduating from high school, these students are qualified to go to work immediately as a dental assistant. Many aspire to work as a dental assistant while attending dental hygiene school or dental school.

This program has expanded to an inner-city Baltimore high school where University of Maryland School of Dentistry students will serve as mentors.

Also, the dental assisting program at Kensington has five dental operatories, which are fully built-out with Midmark equipment. This was especially good to see as it’s always nice to see a DTA member going above and beyond to support innovative dental programs.

I rarely have the opportunity to meet people impacted by the dollars you donate to the DTA Foundation, so this was a heartwarming and humbling experience for me. These are some amazing kids who are so grateful for your donation and support.

Thank you for all that you as DTA Foundation supporters do to make projects like this possible!