Rustic Spirit Spotlights: Jamora, Sydney and Joy
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Rustic Spirit Spotlights: Jamora, Sydney and Joy

Rustic Spirit Spotlights are a collection of stories that shine a light on amazing changemakers who have led young and are working hard to make a positive impact. Not only have they made a difference, but they are showing other young people they can change the world too.

Impact advice round up: Any amount of time or effort you dedicate to making an impact will be appreciated and remembered. Advocate for your initiative and stay persistent–change doesn’t happen overnight.

Jamora Jacobs
Age 17
Linden Hall School
New York, United States

Jamora founded Positive Girls Globally, which helps girls in local homeless shelters in Brooklyn improve their mental health through mentorship and implementing positive routines in their lives such as reading and journaling. She personally mentors 10 girls through her platform. Jamora has also set up free libraries in those shelters and enjoys reading to the children there.

In her free time, Jamora likes to dance, play volleyball and hang out with friends. She also knows how to play six instruments! Jamora is attending Pennsylvania State University and is majoring in software engineering. She aspires to start multiple businesses and use the resources she has to give back to her community as much as possible.

Sydney Layne
Age 18
Darrow School
New York, United States

As a senior at a boarding school, Sydney strives to ensure her community is having fun through a chaotic year. She works to help the underclassmen and her peers feel connected and enjoy the school year as much as possible.

Sydney sleeps when she has free time because she loves self care and finds she is usually lacking sleep. She has been a part of an African Dance group called Batoto Yetu since age 3 and has performed all over the east coast! Sydney plans on majoring in business and aspires to be an entrepreneur.

Joy Lin
Age 17
Magnolia High School
United States

Joy volunteers for as many community service events as possible while also participating in school-based fundraisers.

She plans to major in business administration because she has always wanted the chance to travel and have the power to help others on a larger scale.

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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.