Trish Miller

Civic Innovation Fellow 2016-2017 // Civic Innovation Resident 2019

Swem kids



SwemKids aims to ensure that black children and their families have a healthy and safe relationship in and around water.


SwemKids is an elementary and middle school-based swim and water safety program that equips black children and their families with the skills and the wherewithal to overcome socio-cultural norms about swimming. The program helps children develop a healthy relationship with the water by teaching children introductory swimming lessons and water safety skills as a part of their school's curriculum. This model ensures that children are exposed to the water early and gain important life-saving skills to make sure they are safe while having fun!


Trish Miller has over 15 years of experience as a public health professional who is passionate about the health, wellness, and safety of children. Inspired by her own near drowning experience as an adult, Trish founded SwemKids to keep children safe in and around water. She believes all children deserve equal access to life saving information. Trish graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in economics and received master’s degrees in business administration and in public health from the College of William and Mary and Emory University, respectively.