My name is Sydney Shead, I’m 34 years old and have lived in Omaha, Nebraska for most of my life. I am an entrepreneur and work contractually as a Family Advocate and Consultant. I offer consulting and training to human service professionals and organizations with the goal of promoting best practices for partnering with and empowering families in need of community support. I particularly enjoy working directly with youth and families as a life skills group facilitator and parent coach.
I obtained a Sociology B.A. from the University of Missouri- St. Louis and hold Montessori certifications in Early Childhood Education and Parent-Infant Education along with Youth Thrive™ and Families Thrive™ trainer certifications. My professional career has mainly been in areas like family support work, parent training, early childhood education. As a trainer my experience has focused primarily on current and/or former foster youth and other children, youth and families in need of community support.
I love to learn about and experience different cultures/people groups hoping for authentic understanding of the beautiful distinctions in human society. Often pushing limits and questioning widely believed stereotypes and prejudices frequently exploited and magnified in mass media. I have found that most of my passion lies in the desire to see all people given access to information and more societal value of empathy for underprivileged and misrepresented people groups.
It is my desire to use my film series to connect the importance of unwavering resilience, community support, representation and creative self-expression to overcoming adversity. I have been working on my film for the past three years while balancing motherhood to my lovely six-year-old daughter. Any of my other free time is spent enjoying time with my family, participating in the arts, volunteering in the community and working on my film.