My daughter, Sidney, participated in the EDventure program during summer break while still attending CU Denver. This was the perfect time for her to travel to a different country and be part of a program that taught children in Cambodia for 3 weeks. She was grown up enough to be on her own and travel that distance but she was still young enough to be taught how to improve the lives of others who are not as fortunate as she is. Sidney has always been a loving, giving person who participated in many volunteer programs, but the EDventure program enlightened her in a way that changed her life, therefore, changed the people involved in Sidney’s life. She came back to the United States more focused on helping those in need. She began a program delivering 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 in helping her deliver. The EDventure program taught her empathy, acceptance of diversity, and courage to stand up for those in need. It propelled her to push forward to obtain a nursing degree which she wants to use as a tool to continue providing care for those in desperate need of medical care in needy countries. This program gave her confidence and passion that she would not 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 are out there if she puts her mind to it.0