Application Process
The Get Smart program provides young women a unique opportunity to create a vision for their future and develop the tools and skills to put that vision into action. 
To be eligible to participate you must:
  • Be at least 13 and not more than 23 years old.
  • Be currently enrolled in school, or will enroll in the fall.
  • Be willing to adhere to B.L.I.N.G.’s Conduct and Participation Guidelines.
Submitting Application
  • Complete and submit the online application (below).
  • Submit one letter of recommendation from a pastor, teacher, or other adult not related to you.
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from a parent or guardian. 
  • Recommendations may be submitted directly to B.L.I.N.G. via email at blingororg@sbcglobal.net or mail to: B.L.I.N.G. Inc.1803 West 95th, Chicago, Illinois 60643.
  • Applicants may submit their online application in advance of the recommendation letter.
  • After submitting your application and recommendation, a BLING administrator will contact you for a phone interview.
  • Space is limited so not all applications can be accepted. If your application is not accepted for the upcoming session, you are welcome to apply again for admission to the next session.
Tell us about yourself
How did you learn about B.L.I.N.G.?
Bio (Should include your interests and any activities you are involved in)
Please tell us why you would like to participate in The Get Smart Program.
Application FAQs
Will I be interviewed?
  • You will be required to submit to a phone interview in order to be accepted into the program.  After we receive your completed application and your recommendations, a B.L.I.N.G. administrator will contact you to schedule a date and time for your phone interview.
How do I know if I was accepted for the program?
  • The B.L.I.N.G. administrator who interviewed you will contact you 3 to 4 weeks before the start of the program to notify you if you have been accepted or if you will be put on the waiting list. Space is limited, so not all those who apply will be interviewed, and not all those who interview will be accepted.
What if I am on the wait list?
  • If a program is in need of additional participants, we may pull names from the wait list.  In this case, a B.L.I.N.G. administrator will reach out to you via email or phone to invite them to interview and/or attend the program.  
What if I cannot attend a program or workshop for which I was scheduled? 
  • You must contact B.L.I.N.G. immediately to notify us if you determine that you cannot attend a scheduled event. If you do not notify us of your absence, any unexcused absences may result in elimination from future B.L.I.N.G. activities.
  • Send us an email at  blingorg@sbglobal.net or call at 1-800-859-8081