The 2017 national titleholders of the Miss United States Pageant will be visiting New Orleans on October 10-11, 2017 to announce our new charitble partnership with the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP).

Child Life programs and specialists are a pivotal part in helping families and children cope with the stress and uncertainty of illness, injury, and treatment through appropriate interventions including therapeutic play, preparation, and education that reduce fear, anxiety, and pain for infants, youth, and children. Child Life programs assist children and families by giving them a feeling of normalcy at a time of high stress and uncertainty and provide comfort.

In early 2017, the Miss United States Organization was introduced to the ACLP through the Child Life Program at Oschner Children’s Hospital in New Orleans through our New Orleans based partners What You Give Will Grow. The visit left a profound mark on the pageant organization as a whole and led to the creation of this partnership to provide long-term assistance and awareness to these programs. Stephanie Williams, Executive National Director and exclusive licensee of the Miss United States was especially touched by the visit and opportunity. “The ACLP and Child Life programs are a perfect fit for the Miss United States Organization because regardless of age, everyone in some way knows someone or has been personally impacted by childhood illness. Bringing awareness to programs that allow kids to still have fun and have normalcy at times of uncertainty is a truly special cause that we are proud to promote.”

This visit by the seven national titleholders to New Orleans serves as the official kickoff to this new endeavor. State titleholders across the country will have the opportunity to work with Child Life programs at hospitals in their states and raise awareness on the local level, especially during Child Life Month in March.

The Miss United States Organization® celebrates intelligent women of all walks of life. Our system is based on a solid commitment to uphold the standards of fairness and integrity. It prides itself in providing an avenue for each young woman to give a voice to those needing to be heard, lend a hand to those less fortunate, and be a compass for those daring to dream. At the local, state, and national level, the Miss United States Pageant gives women the opportunity to promote a platform of community service. Featuring seven divisions – Little Miss, Pre-Teen, Junior Teen, Teen, Miss, Ms., and Ms. Woman – the Miss United States Pageant® is recognized as “the premier event of its kind” and the largest pageant system for girls and women ages 8+ in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories.

For more information or interview requests, please contact Ashley Martinez at marketing@missunitedstatespageant.com. You can learn more about our titleholders, directors, and divisions by visiting our website www.missunitedstatespageant.com. For more information on the ACLP or What You Give Will Grow, please visit www.childlife.org or www.wygwg.org.