Founded in 2014 as a local non-profit scholarship pageant in suburban Miami, Florida, our organization began as Miss South Miami-Dade Teen Scholarship Pageant, Inc. The pageant was the vision of Betty Davis, joined by her friends and members of her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, including Shawna Cleveland, Dr. Kelli Hunter-Sheppard, Loretta Rahming and Myoushi Jones, its first directors. The inaugural pageant was held on Memorial Day Weekend 2015 at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center in Cutler Bay. Kiomi Hughes, a graduating honor student at Miami Killian Sr. High School was the first Miss South Miami-Dade Teen, winning a $5,000 scholarship.
In late 2015, the organization changed its name to Miss Florida Teen Scholarship Pageant, Inc and signed on to produce its first state-wide pageant for the Miss Teen America organization, Miss Florida Teen America, while continuing its local pageant tradition. Three state pageants were produced under that brand along with Royal Pageantry, Inc. and the company became one of the most recognized pageantry organizations in the state. Our first Princess Pageant was produced in April 2018.
In March 2017, in partnership with Royal Pageantry, the organization launched its first international pageant, Miss Creation International, with a goal to expand the footprint of pageantry to include members of the faith community. The first international preliminary was held in the Bahamas. Considering the logistical issues involved, the organization decided to concentrate on the domestic market and re-branded the national pageant as Miss American Teen and Collegiate Pageant in April 2018, produced by its parent successor, Miss American Teen Scholarship Pageant, Inc. The pageant announced in September 2018 that the international city of Miami, Florida would be its permanent home and provide the perfect backdrop for our pageant family and activities. Today, Miss American Teen and Collegiate Pageant is a thriving international pageant bringing young women together across the North and South American continents. We provide ambitious teens and young adults with opportunities to pursue modeling and acting jobs as a means of financing their academic studies.
For more information on our organizational programs, please visit our profile on Guidestar.org. (Link)