Operation Smile presents Making Faces workshops

We are proud to provide Canadian cleft-affected children the opportunity to connect with other children and young adults with the same lived experience and to provide opportunities to learn skills to help them excel by boosting their confidence, providing leadership training, and sharing their beautiful smiles with the world.

As part of our mission to raise awareness of cleft conditions and the challenges encountered by cleft-affected individuals and families, we are proud to provide award-winning “Making Faces” workshops. These workshops teach acting skills and improvisational games that bolster self-confidence and instill important life skills. With us, children with facial differences learn to do things the rest of us take for granted, like making eye contact and using vocal communication. They get the opportunity to engage with others, use their imaginations, and express themselves in a fun, creative and safe environment. This helps them build their confidence and makes them feel good about who they are and what they can achieve.

Our Workshops:

  • Use humour to help cleft-affected youth discover their own strengths and sense of self-worth
  • Create the opportunity for them to step out of themselves and explore the world through humour
  • Teach kids to play with words and character, express feelings, and share
  • Have discussions about differences, teasing and related issues
  • Teach basic “acting skills” that are also life skills. They practice:
    • Eye contact
    • Voice projection
    • Public speaking
    • Relaxation techniques
    • Creative story telling

What we build:

  • Creativity and spontaneity
  • Cooperation and teamwork
  • Flexibility and decision-making
  • Body language and communication
  • Self-assurance and relaxation
  • Memory and public speaking
  • Eye contact and trust

Our objectives:

  • Improve communications skills
  • Encourage self-expression and teamwork
  • Challenge and support individual capabilities
  • Build confidence and self-esteem
  • Inspire kids to follow their dreams
  • Create a caring and inclusive environment
  • Have fun and be creative

Interested in learning more?

Please email us at [email protected] to discuss booking a workshop