Katie Hoang is a leader, innovator, and overcomer. Miss Teen Texas International 2021, Katie is proud to serve as your Miss Teen International 2021 to advocate for underserved children and communities, through her youth leadership nonprofit, Dare to LEAD. In addition to directing this 501(c)(3) nonprofit, she is a professional photographer and a high school senior from Fort Worth, Texas. Katie produces and hosts a broadcast series at her school where she highlights the athletics, arts, and community through interviews and special features. Her media work has led to guest appearances in CBS DFW’s Asian and Pacific Islander Month campaigns and traveling across the nation to work with college sport programs. She is also heavily involved in athletics as a state champion tennis player and men’s basketball manager. She has a passion for promoting a healthy lifestyle by sharing recipes, workouts, and her favorite podcasts and books on social media. After graduating in May of 2022, Katie plans to study business in college and continue entrepreneurial pursuits later in life.
While overcoming childhood trauma and difficulties, Katie grew to understand what it means to be a servant leader and daughter of God. She founded Dare to LEAD to help underserved children navigate their own difficult paths, discover their sense of self, and empower them to embrace their uniqueness to become young servant leaders. From the very beginning, Dare to LEAD has been centered around kindness, strength, and compassion for others. These three words perfectly embody two of the most influential persons in Katie’s life: her bà ná»™i and bà ngoáº¡i (paternal and maternal grandmothers). Their example of unwavering faith and joy taught her that "If it is below one to serve, it is beyond them to lead". It is Katie’s mission to help youth find their unique identity as a leader just as she did. Katie teaches hands-on workshops centered around Dare to LEAD’s principle steps of leadership: Learn, Empower, Act, and Direct. Dare to LEAD has also equipped a community of over 200 volunteers to raise thousands of dollars for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and provide hundreds of meals for the homeless in Dallas/Fort Worth. Through Dare to LEAD, she aims to inspire others during her reign to live a life of intentionality and love.
People are her passion, whether it is her work with Dare or LEAD, Katie Hoang Photography, or as Miss Teen International 2021. Her heart for service and people shows that working towards one’s dream is not about the crown, but about the impact it can make.
Miss Teen International 2021
“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12
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