Sarah Hesterman inside the United Nations General Assembly Hall
Sarah Hesterman, a 2016 graduate of George Washington University Online High School (GWUOHS), is a “student of the world” who is eager to make an impact. While living in Qatar for two years, she started the first-ever Girl Up program in the country, and she has served as a teen advisor with the organization.
“I believe that attending GWUOHS really allowed me to grow as a person and allowed me to take on these large leadership roles that I wouldn’t have been able to if I was in a traditional school,” she said during her speech at the GWUOHS graduation this spring.
Sarah, who will attend Long Island University’s Global College this fall, was inspired to attend last week’s United Nations Youth Assembly because of her capstone project at GWUOHS, and she wrote about her experience:
As someone extremely interested in human rights and gender equality, I've always hoped to attend the Youth Assembly at the United Nations. The event is meant to empower young trailblazers from around the world to achieve sustainable development at both a local and global level. Youth Assembly speakers are powerful leaders from the education, health care, economic and environmental sectors , and there are different break out workshops in between plenary sessions that facilitate discussion focused on tackling the world's greatest issues. It truly is a dream come true for someone who has always aspired to work at the United Nations one day.