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Meet Vanessa

Meet Vanessa – A Storyteller at @sydneystoryfactory

“I’m Vanessa, a Uruguayan-Australian; proudly born and raised on Dharug Land.
I’ve been working as a Storyteller at Story Factory since 2020. My job as a storyteller is to create a fun and safe environment in which curiosity can flourish, ideas can flow freely, and young writers can find their voice. It’s an honour to hold space for our students, who consistently impress me with their thoughts and ideas.

I am incredibly grateful to be a part of a team with such talented and inspiring people who are all passionate about using arts-based learning to help students from under-resourced communities build their confidence, creativity and writing skills.”

@sheargoldfoundation feel honoured to be able to support the role of an inspirational person such as Vanessa.

To find out more about Vanessa’s story visit the 'Our Stories' tab on the home page.

Ensuring children can continue to Learn through COVID

For millions of the world’s most vulnerable children access to education remains in jeopardy due to the COVID pandemic.
Many Schools remain closed, and students have little to no access to the remote learning support they need to keep up with their studies. This means many children will struggle to catch up after prolonged school closures.
Sheargold Foundation is supporting Room to Read & Room to Read Australia with their ‘Remote learning efforts’ in supporting the areas of greatest need. This program provides the flexibility to adapt program delivery and reach students through unique solutions like the digital library, radio and TV programming, remote mentoring for girls, support for parents via phone and more. Therefore, ensuring children can continue to learn, whether they are at home or in the classroom.

‘Stepping Up’ Mentoring programs in the Illawarra region

This year we are partnering with Top Blokes Foundation to roll out two new ‘Stepping Up’ Mentoring programs in the Illawarra region for at-risk and disengaged boys in grades 5 & 6
The ‘Stepping Up’ program aims to address many of the emerging social issues facing boys, as well as help them develop key social and decision-making skills. Top Blokes Foundation work closely with the schools to focus on the topics covered over the 8-week program