Keystone SMILES, The Center for Learning and Service

Keystone SMILES Community Learning Center, Inc.


In 1991, Keystone SMILES began as a school-based service-learning initiative at Keystone Elementary School in Knox, PA.  A core group of elementary school teachers coordinated a way to combine educational objectives with service to the community.  Students learned oral and written communication skills and social studies while providing service to area nursing homes.  With the help of partnerships, cooperation from area businesses, and individual volunteers, Keystone SMILES consistently grew by adding more projects, expanding the program to more students, and by addressing more community needs.


We Are:

Our Outcomes

  • 1,637 members have taken the oath to serve their country through the Keystone SMILES AmeriCorps Program

  • Since 1994, members have provided academic support to 18 school districts in 10 counties tutoring 49,758 students in jeopardy of not meeting academic standards.

  • Members provided community support to a variety of projects including Safe Kids, Youth Service Scholarships, Read Across America activities, housing initiatives and renovation and skills training programs.

  • Members mentored 20,636 students in danger of being suspended, expelled or adjudicated through programs such as:

  • Alternative Education,

  • Preschool and PA Pre-K Counts, and 

  • 14 other community agencies.

  • Members also provided social / behavioral support through summer programs such as mentoring, early childhood and youth volunteer programs in Clarion, Venango and Mercer Counties.

  • Together, members recruited a total of 54,700 volunteers who provided 266,345 hours of service to underserved communities