Planting seeds of happiness…
Interactive clowning, juggling, magic and music are just a few tricks that The Smile Ambassadors use at schools, daycare centers and hospitals to spread joy and to promote healing. Most people like to think that they are smart and funny. Kids especially enjoy being smarter and funnier then an adult authority figure. The Smile Ambassadors’ shows are designed to position audiences a few steps ahead… so they get the joke, figure out the trick or understand the circumstance first. This subtle technique is very effective when dealing with traumatized or disadvantaged children, because it not only makes them feel smart and funny, it empowers them – they can see, understand and figure out solutions to situations that an adult is befuddled by. Besides all of that, watching a big grown up making “mistakes” just flat out cracks kids up!
Due to the nature of the disaster, the physical locations and settings of schools (daycare through high school) vary dramatically. The Smile Ambassadors adapt each visit to fit the locationʼs specific needs and circumstances. For example, broader shows that incorporate basic English are appropriate at Elementary and Jr High Schools whereas toned down shows featuring puppets and music are often best for younger, more affected or reserved children.