We are a nonprofit founded in honor of Jenna Betti, funding programs to empower and inspire people to thrive despite adversity.
THE #hersmile STORY
#hersmile, a nonprofit founded in honor of Jenna Betti, funds programs to empower and inspire people to thrive despite adversity. #hersmile’s original mission was to support those who have experienced the loss of a dependent child or the loss of a parent with dependent children and to promote healing and resiliency during these tragic and difficult times.
Since its inception, #hersmile has broadened its services to support social and emotional learning curriculum (SEL). The goal of supporting SEL services is to provide children, teens, parents and the community with the knowledge, attitude, and skills they need to respond responsibly to life’s great challenges, losses and setbacks.
Since the founders of #hersmile personally understand the devastating effects tragedy can have on one’s life, they are committed to helping people get beyond their battles.
#hersmile provides disaster relief for the mind
How do we do this?…
…Through Each Other
Through each other. The #hersmile peer-to-peer charitable-giving platform connects those struggling with their own personal trauma with the resources and people to help them heal, as well as supporting educational platforms that help individuals prepare to cope with life’s challenges.
JESSE LEWIS CHOOSE LOVE MOVEMENT
It’s Choose Love Enrichment Program is a no-cost infant, Toddler, and Pre-K through 12th grade, Lifespan, Character Development, next generation Social and Emotional Learning program that teaches educators and their students how to choose love in any circumstance and helps them become connected, resilient and empowered individuals. These skills, tools and attitudes have been proven through decades of scientific research to be the best way to ensure a healthy, meaningful and purpose-filled life.
KAISER PERMANENTE DIABLO SERVICE AREA
In Northern California, Kaiser Permanente of the Diablo Service Area has teamed up with #hersmile Nonprobit in a campaign to help keep our children safe by providing schools with a program that includes research-based skills and tools that support mental wellness and reduce bullying, substance abuse and mental illness.
MARTINEZ UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Martinez Unified School District (MUSD) supports efforts and activities designed to protect and promote the health and well-being of students, school staff and families. MUSD accepts the premise that physical, emotional, and social health all contribute to a child’s success in school.
Currently #hersmile is supporting all four of MUSD elementary school’s social and emotional K through 5th grade curriculum, provides a support reading library, parent engagement nights, support materials and much more.
BYRON UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT
Byron Unified School District (BUSD) supports Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), which aims to develop resiliency, responsible decision-making, healthy relationships, and empathy. Research continues to show that social and emotional learning not only creates a healthy context for learning to take place, but that these skills actually enhance academic rigor.
Currently, #hersmile is supporting all three of BUSD school’s social and emotional K through 8th grade curriculum, provides a support reading library, parent engagement opportunities, support materials and much more.
Be Understanding is a new movement of promoting compassionate conversations between friends, family and strangers alike. They represent something bigger than ourselves. They are hoping to help people grow into more sympathetic humans. You don’t have to understand, you just have to be understandingTM.
The organization wants to make a small positive ripple in the chaotic waters that surround us. Their hope is that people can put aside their differences and find a commonality between each other. How can we make someone be understanding even if they cannot understand? The more we break down the walls of contrasting ideas the closer we can become to understanding and being sensitive and accepting to each other’s diversities.
Their motto “You don’t have to understand, you just have to be understanding” is designed to help everyone become a bit more compassionate to others who have been through situations that you have not.
HOSPICE OF THE EAST BAY
Hospice of the East Bay provides compassionate end-of-life care to terminally ill patients while offering emotional, spiritual, and grief support for the entire family.
The Compassionate Friends/ Contra Costa County Chapter: Supporting Families after a Child Dies
CONTRA COSTA CRISIS CENTER
Contra Costa Crisis Center provides individual, group, couples, family, and individual counseling. Their confidential and free services are provided at various locations throughout the county.
Camp Hope is a free weekend camp for children, ages 6 to 17, who have experienced the loss of a significant loved one.
If you have lost a loved one to suicide, you are not alone. There are resources available to help survivors of suicide loss cope.
SAMHSA’S DISASTER DISTRESS & LOSS
SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
In addition, many churches, if not all, have Grief Ministries that help facilitate one-on-one grief counseling, grief groups for adults, as well as, grief groups for children and teens. When you are ready, many of these options can help you begin to put back together many of the pieces of your grieving heart.