Sydney first saw the Girl Rising film in 2014. It sparked her sense of justice and channeled her extraordinary empathy and compassion. She had seen that there were girls in this world that needed her help, and she was determined to do everything in her power to make a difference. Sydney’s strong connection to the mission of advancing gender equity and opportunity for all also gave her a new sense of confidence and of her own vision.
Each year The Sydney Tedone Memorial Fund will focus on a specific Girl Rising project. Through her fund, Sydney’s passion lives on and provides secondary school age girls around the world the chance to go to school, complete their education, and define their own destiny.
In 2020, The Sydney Tedone Memorial Fund will support the Girl Rising partners in Kenya and Guatemala and the young people they serve --- to provide tools and supplies needed to connect girls with educators, mentors, educational materials, and basic needs so that their future is not put at risk by this pandemic. Your support will:
Connect girls with educators and education peers
Technology, digital connectivity, and devices
Support for mentors, and to recruit and train new mentors
Teacher training and mobility
Support and engage girls’ continued learning and growth
Printing and distributing at-home education supplies
Adaptation of educational materials to new platforms such as radio
Adaptations of Girl Rising curriculum to distance learning platforms
Provide basic needs such food, clothing, health and hygiene supplies