Sarah Hemminger

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Sarah Hemminger

2009 Global Fellow
Founder of Thread

Sarah Hemminger 2009 Global Fellow

Bold Idea 

Empower struggling teenagers to break the cycle of poverty, drugs and lack of education by surrounding them with “families” of mentors who fill critical gaps in academic and social support.

Experience 

Sarah is the founder and CEO of Thread (formerly the Incentive Mentoring Program). Thread empowers struggling teenagers to break the cycle of poverty, drugs and lack of education by surrounding them with “Families” of 6-10 mentors who fill critical gaps in academic and social support. To date, 97% of Thread students have graduated from high school and matriculated to college and over 600 graduate and medical students have served as mentors. In 2010, Sarah received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. Her research in the Laboratory for Computation Motor focused on the role of the cerebellum and the primary motor cortex on the time scales of consolidation of motor memory. Her work was published in the Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Neurophysiology, and Cerebral Cortex. Sarah received her undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University in 2002. Prior to pursuing her PhD, she worked as an engineer for Medtronic and as a consultant for Household Finance Corporation. She is an international level ice dancer, and enjoys teaching aerobics in her free time. Sarah has been married to her high-school sweetheart for eleven years.

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