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Sherrie Gearheart Bio
Miss United Nations 2015
President & Founder
Live Out Loud Charity
Founder of Live Out Loud Charity
Sherrie Gearheart founded Live Out Loud Charity (LOLC) in 2010 after losing her childhood friend to suicide. He was only nineteen years of age at the time of his death. Since 2010, LOLC has educated over 80 million individuals globally on the signs of depression and suicide prevention. Live Out Loud Charity launched in July of 2010 with an annual fashion show where youth, families, and the community celebrate life while discussing an important issue, mental health. Sherrie started a division of LOLC called the Leadership Academy in 2013 to inspire, educate, and lead future leaders and spokespersons to further expand the LOLC mission. As of 2016, LOLC now has over 100 spokespersons enrolled in the Leadership Academy in which Sherrie mentors, along with grass-root efforts in eight countries. In 2014, Sherrie started the Miss Worldwide division of Live Out Loud Charity to crown yearly ambassadors to save lives across the USA and world. Gearheart holds over ten suicide prevention certificates from: QPR Institute, Trevor Project, ASIST, Tufts School of Medicine,Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide, The Jason Foundation, Diploma in Mental Health Studies from AMEDD, Mental Health & Illness Training from Open University, and certified in Mental Health Studies- Suicide, Violent Behavior, and Substance Abuse. In August of 2015, Gearheart received the Minnie Riperton, Humanitarian of the Year award. During 2015, Sherrie orchestrated over thirty-two awareness events across the world.
Sherrie Gearheart was chosen to represent USA and vie for the coveted international title of Miss United Nations 2015. In July of 2015. Sherrie Gearheart, represented USA and won the United Nations Pageant. Sherrie has gained international acclaim as Founder & President of Live Out Loud Charity (LOLC), Miss UN 2015, as a professional runway & print model, as a public speaker & singer, and editor of Tiara Magazine. Sherrie worked tirelessly fulfilling her duty as Miss UN by visiting five countries in the first six months of her reign. The purpose behind every trip is to save lives as Founder & President of Live Out Loud Charity (LOLC) a non profit organization focused on suicide prevention, anti-bullying, and core character development. Gearheart is also a pageantry & model coach, opera singer, professional model, editor of Tiara Magazine, contributor to Ascene Chicago Magazine, and more. (You can read more in depth below).
Year of Service
Over the course of Sherrie’s year of service as Miss United Nations 2015 and Founder of Live Out Loud Charity, she logged approximately 200,000 miles traveling across the country and internationally to address an array of audiences on her platform: Live Out Loud Charity for suicide prevention, anti bullying, and core character development. As Miss UN 2015, Gearheart met with countless governmental bodies including: Prime Minister of Jamaica, Foreign Ministry of Information addressing the nation LIVE in Liberia, United Nations Women’s Organization of Liberia, and countless more. Gearheart interviewed on multiple media outlets, and completed three humanitarian tours. In addition, she dedicated her Miss UN 2015 reign to the country of Liberia where she has long term plans to raise funds to build the first ever mental health institution. As part of her awareness-raising efforts on behalf of suicide prevention, Sherrie also launched a social media campaign, Live Out Loud, to break the silence and stigma surrounding mental health, suicidal thoughts, and depression. Through her social media channels, Sherrie asks people to share their testimonies of overcoming depression and suicide so we as a nation can advance in mental health and restore the balance of happiness.
Spokesperson for Bill Rogers Youth Foundation
During her year, she also served as the official Spokesperson for the Bill Roger’s Youth Foundation (BRYF) focused on helping children in Liberia. BRYF & LOLC are partnered together to build the first ever mental health institution and sports recreation center for youth in Liberia. In December of 2015, Gearheart visited Liberia, West Africa as the first ever mental health advocate to address the nation on its mental health needs. BRYF’s team on the ground assisted Gearheart with her efforts. Liberia, which was struck by the Ebola Crisis and a civil war that lasted fourteen years, currently does not have a proper mental health infrastructure. As Founder of Live Out Loud Charity, Gearheart’s organization plans to raise funds to build the first ever mental health institution in Liberia. Sherrie continues to advocate for her platforms and currently travels across the country (USA) and world working with various organizations, governmental bodies, schools & universities, and philanthropies that align closely with her platform and values. Learn more about Sherrie Gearheart.
Meet the Public Relations
Betty Napier has won awards for being a top sales leader. She has over 20 years experience in the sales industry as well as a marketing and advertising background. Ms. Napier assists Live Out Loud Charity with our PR needs to bring our charity to the forefront. She is currently completing her degree in Healthcare Administration & Psychology. She is a CNA in two States, certified in three States as a Recovery Support Specialist, and is working towards certification as a CADC.
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