National Black HIV-AIDS Awareness Day Carousel 6_Caressa Cameron-Jackson

Caressa Cameron was crowned Miss America 2010 and traveled over 250,000 miles during her year of service. She appeared on numerous television programs, made corporate appearances, social and school visits promoting her personal platform, Real Talk: AIDS in America.

 

Caressa knows first-hand the impact AIDS can have on a family, losing her uncle when she was a young child. As part of the grieving process, the family chose to focus on awareness, education, and fundraising so that his passing would not be in vain. Caressa has spoken to thousands of young people and helped raise more than $50,000 in AIDS relief funds. She spearheaded many outreach programs which culminated with several summits and panel discussions with healthcare providers. To further recognize and examine those who suffer with the disease, she launched Real Talk: AIDS in America under the umbrella of The Faces Project. “Real Talk” focuses on more than teaching abstinence and prevention. It focuses on the importance to develop healthy conversations about our sexual health.

 

For her efforts, she was the recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award and she was presented with a Congressional Honor for her community service endeavors in Virginia. She was also awarded the Whitman Walker Partner for Life award for her efforts to spread awareness of HIV/AIDS.

 

An accomplished vocalist and talent award winner at Miss America, Caressa was honored to perform during the 2010 White House Christmas Tree Lighting, at the historic Apollo Theatre in New York City, and  to sing the “National Anthem” for many professional sporting events across the country.

 

Caressa recently married her high school sweetheart Nathaniel Jackson Jr. and resides in the suburbs of the District of Columbia where she now serves as the Director of Client & Community Engagement at the Fredericksburg Area HIV/AIDS Support Services in additional to being a motivational speaker across the country.