Through Rustic Pathways travel programs, students actively participate in impactful community service, where small individual efforts combine to make a significant collective impact.
However, it’s not just Rustic travelers who are driving change. Teens and young adults globally are making positive contributions to their communities. Join us in recognizing these inspiring individuals through Rustic Spirit Spotlights. Discover the remarkable work of these changemakers!
Cheltenham High School
As leader of the Cultural Proficiency and Equity Student Ambassador (CPESA) chapter for the past four years, Jordan advocates the collective opinions of the student body to the district’s school board members. The chapter’s presentation topics ranged from distaste for certain dress codes, low enrollment for scholars of color in AP and honors courses, to how available courses aligned with student interests.
Now a tradition at Cheltenham High School, they established a community town hall where each demographic that makes up the school community has the opportunity to voice their opinions in front of the superintendent, school principal, and school board members. They then discuss the feedback and collaborate to install a solution.
Jordan is attending Morehouse College this fall as a biology major with a Spanish minor. He aspires to become a research scientist or biomedical engineer. In his free time he enjoys hanging out with friends and playing piano.
Jordan encourages others to find like-minded individuals and feed off of each other’s creativity.
Pettus High School
Caylee actively engages in multiple roles and organizations in her community. She leads young disciples worship, serves as the music coordinator for Vacation Bible School, and promotes agricultural knowledge in youth through Future Farmers of America and 4-H. Caylee is also an active member of honor societies in both her high school and college, engaging in community service.
Caylee wants to major in psychology and aspires to be a psychologist where she can assist people through the issues or problems they may be having. She enjoys going to dances with friends, spending time with loved ones, and competing with her agricultural mechanics team where they are three time state qualifiers!
Caylee says don’t be scared to step out of your comfort zone. Don’t let your fears impede you from being a positive role model. You could be the only person that reaches somebody in need of help.
Woods Cross High School
At Woods Cross High School, Alex captained the basketball team, actively participated in all unified sports, and supported inclusive events like a photo shoot and NBA all-star activities. He formed strong friendships with unified athletes and donated clothing to them. Alex also hosts the school news, promoting under-enrolled classes. He appreciates the kind-heartedness and collective support found within the school, and he strives to reciprocate that support by attending and encouraging others at different school events.
Alex plans to pursue a major in sports marketing, with a goal of managing sponsors and advertising for a professional sports team or a college athletics department. He enjoys playing and watching sports, particularly basketball, movies, and swimming.
Alex says the best thing you can do is be nice. People remember how you treat them. By being kind and caring for others, you can help them and you’ll end up making friendships that you’ll value greatly.
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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.