Rustic Spirit Spotlights are a collection of stories on Rustic Pathway's website that shine a light on teen changemakers who demonstrate leadership and are working hard to make a positive impact. These featured students have not only have made a difference, but they are showing other young people they can change the world too. One of Cardinal Newman's service oriented students was recently feautured!
Rising freshman, Noah Omura, spends his time volunteering at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He focuses on weaving mats for homeless veterans, entirely out of plastic bags. These mats are also known as plain mats. They are innovative and advantageous because they cannot get waterlogged during storms or attract bedbugs. This use of the plastic bags reduces the total amount of them in landfills. Noah attaches a tag with the numbers for the Veterans Crisis Line and the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans, in hopes that those in need can reach out for help when they are ready to do so.
Noah actually gave a TEDx Talk to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on the project, and a virtual demonstration to the American Red Cross on how to create the mats.
In his free time, Noah enjoys playing basketball, editing photos and videos, watching movies, and playing games with his friends. Noah plans to major in business and take over his family business, when his father retires. We are proud to call him a Cardinal and he continues to inspire those in our community in the aspect of service!