"I love the idea that everyone deserves an Elizabeth in their lives. Elizabeth Edwards was someone who devoted her life to helping others. She created life-changing opportunities for those who needed it the most. I believe that all youth deserve positive development opportunities that will challenge yet support them in finding their place in the world. I am honored to be working for such a great organization that fosters and inspires youth to reach their full academic and personal potential."
Sarah was born and raised in Lawrence, Kansas and graduated from Lawrence High School in 2002. She attended Kenyon College, a small liberal arts college in Ohio, where she received a B.A. in Sociology. After graduating, Sarah participated in a national AmeriCorps program, City Year, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she tutored and mentored students displaced by Hurricane Katrina. While participating in City Year, she also applied for and won a Clinton Innovation Award Grant to fund a service project entitled “Snapshot Stories”. The project involved giving middle and high school students cameras to document their lives after Hurricane Katrina as a way to express their feelings and emotions about the experiences they had.
After 10 months of service with AmeriCorps, Sarah moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico where she worked in various before and after school programs. While a team leader at the Citizen Schools after-school program, she planned tutoring and enrichment activities to develop students’ emotional and social competencies as well as important life skills. Sarah also served as Program Director for The Teen Outreach Program, where she implemented a life management curriculum and helped the students plan service- learning projects based on the needs of their community.
After living in Albuquerque for two years, Sarah moved to Raleigh, North Carolina to pursue her Master’s degree at North Carolina State University in Youth Development and Leadership. As a Master’s student, Sarah had the opportunity to work with the Wake County 4-H Extension Services Office, to propose a mentoring and college guidance program for Bertie Early College High School in Bertie County, North Carolina. After graduating in 2011, Sarah accepted a position as a Program Coordinator for the YMCA of the Triangle. Currently, Sarah serves as the Program Director for the Elizabeth Edwards Fellows Program at Broughton High School in Raleigh, North Carolina.