Rustic Spirit Spotlights: Greer, Khadeejah and Yusur
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Rustic Spirit Spotlights: Greer, Khadeejah and Yusur

Rustic Pathways firmly believes in youth. Teens and young adults worldwide are making positive contributions to their communities.

These remarkable individuals serve as role models, showcasing how each person can create meaningful change. Rustic Spirit Spotlights acknowledge and celebrate these inspiring young leaders!

Greer Bainbridge
Age 18
Chelan High School
Chelan, Washington

Greer is actively raising awareness about grief within her community. Having experienced the loss of her father at the age of twelve, she recognized the need for support and connections among youth facing similar situations. To address this, Greer created a pamphlet detailing four grief camps tailored for ages five to seventeen, providing a space for young individuals to connect with others who have also lost a parent.

Greer plans to major in nursing and aspires to become a nurse-midwife where she can create a comfortable and safe environment for mothers to welcome their babies. For fun, Greer enjoys cheerleading and reading.

When trying to make a positive impact, Greer advises to focus on something you know. Do something you know because that’s something personal to you. Also, don’t be afraid to be judged–be the person to break down that wall and don’t be afraid to talk about it.

Khadeejah Alsheikh and Yusur Al Ogaidi
Ages 16
Osbourn Park High School
Manassas, Virginia

As part of the Climate Leaders Fellowship, Khadeejah and her project partner Yusur are fostering sustainable practices at the community Mosque. Their focus is on educating the Muslim community about environmental issues and implementing recycling practices.

They have introduced new recycling procedures, recycling boxes and replaced disposable utensils with reusable ones at the Mosque. They have provided educational sessions to the community, particularly the youth, emphasizing the positive impacts of recycling.

Khadeejah’s suggestion of using a PowerPoint presentation followed by a lively game of Kahoot captivates and educates the young audience. Additionally, Yusur’s idea of planting trees and creating a garden at the Mosque provides an interactive and fun way for the youth to learn about the environment.

Having an interest in science and nature since she was little, Khadeejah plans to major in Biomedical Engineering to achieve one of her biggest goals of becoming an Orthopedic surgeon. In her free time she loves to play softball, surf, horseback ride, read and is currently writing her own sci-fi novel!

Yusur always dreamt of becoming a dentist and plans to major in biology in college. He also aspires to become a professional boxer in the future. In his free time, he loves playing sports and participating in after school activities like clubs.

Khadeejah advises to just jump in and don’t be afraid to make a splash! Doing simple things like recycling a water bottle, or using a reusable water bottle make huge impacts. As soon as you have an idea, just go ahead and try it. You’ll be amazed at the things you’ll accomplish!

Yusur advises to be mindful of others and others will mind you. Make sure to be outgoing and leave a positive impression of yourself wherever you go because you’ll be rewarded back with what you gave to others.

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At Rustic Pathways, our goal is to make positive contributions to the communities we visit through responsible travel operations and community service projects that contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

About the Author

Kayla Anzalone

Kayla joined Rustic Pathways in 2020 as the Director of Special Projects. She has nearly a decade of experience in communications and marketing. At Rustic Pathways, Kayla is dedicated to helping high school students discover their passion for exploring the world through summer travel programs. She drives impactful initiatives to empower students through meaningful travel experiences worldwide. Based in San Jose, California, Kayla loves the outdoors, live music and travel.