Sarah Hillware is an energetic, dynamic and philanthropic young woman, with a passion for healthy living and education. She recently completed her year as America’s Miss District of Columbia 2012 and is an outspoken advocate for many causes, including health education and the empowerment of women and girls.
She is the founder and director of Girls Health Ed., a research-based health education program for elementary and high school girls in the DC area, and has held various global health, policy, programming and research positions. Her ultimate goal is to practice medicine and make an impact in the lives of the world’s most vulnerable through the field of health policy. Sarah has been recognized for her personal, academic, professional and philanthropic achievements. She has received the Presidential Academic Scholarship for academic excellence, as well as awards for outstanding community service, and has also been featured as a spoken word artist at the 5th Annual Activist Award & Grassroots Gala in Washington, DC.
Previously, she received nominations for “The YSA List: The 25 Most Powerful and Influential Young People” and the 2011 “Under 25 Glamour Magazine Woman of the Year” competitions. Most recently, she was selected to serve as a delegate to the G8 Young Leaders Summit in London, as well as the Nexus Global Youth Summit at the United Nations and was awarded the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for service and leadership.
Sarah has a significant record of community advocacy work in Washington, DC and abroad and is a volunteer and fundraiser for many causes locally and globally, such as Metro TeenAIDS, Girl Scouts of America, MEDLIFE, and Tigerlily Foundation. She is also an ambassador and spokesperson for the Fashion Empowering Women Foundation (FEW), the International AIDS Conference, and Sudan Sunrise Foundation.
Sarah is grateful that her experiences have allowed her to give back to her community, serve as a role model to young people, and delve into her passions for public speaking, advocacy, empowerment and wellness.
To learn more about the Girls Health Ed. program, please visit: www.girlshealthed.org