Be The Change Youth Initiative, founded by Sydney Guerrette, exists to encourage youth to use their gifts and talents to change the world.
For her 15th birthday, Sydney set a goal of granting a child’s wish through Make-A-Wish Foundation. With the average wish costing more than $7,000, she recruited the help of friends to use their gifts and talents to raise the money. Together, Sydney and her friends raised almost $8,000. Months later, Sydney went on a family mission trip and was confronted with poverty for the first time. Returning to the United States, Sydney wrestled with a sense of helplessness and decided to make a difference. In that moment, Be The Change Youth Initiative came to life. Today, the organization provides financial support and advocacy to hundreds of children around the world through partnerships with organizations serving impoverished communities.