My daughter, Sidney, participated in the EDventure program during summer break whilestill attending CU Denver. This was the perfect time for her to travel to a different country and bepart of a program that taught children in Cambodia for 3 weeks. She was grown up enough to beon her own and travel that distance but she was still young enough to be taught how to improvethe lives of others who are not as fortunate as she is. Sidney has always been a loving, givingperson who participated in many volunteer programs, but the EDventure program enlightenedher in a way that changed her life, therefore, changed the people involved in Sidney’s life. Shecame back to the United States more focused on helping those in need. She began a programdelivering blankets to the homeless that winter and she continues this program every year.
Her enthusiasm has been contagious to family and friends and she invites anyone interested inhelping her deliver. The EDventure program taught her empathy, acceptance of diversity, andcourage to stand up for those in need. It propelled her to push forward to obtain a nursing degreewhich she wants to use as a tool to continue providing care for those in desperate need ofmedical care in needy countries. This program gave her confidence and passion that she wouldnot have experienced if she had not taken that step to go beyond the borders of America. As aparent, I am grateful that EDventure opened Sidney’s eyes and mind to the possibilities that areout there if she puts her mind to it.