Xahej "Xi" Bajipura
Executive Director; Teacher, Show and Heal, Inc; School District of Palm Beach County

Xahej "Ms. Xi" Bajipura is the Founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit, Show and Heal. Show and Heal celebrates diversity, social inclusion, and self-care of adolescents by utilizing social media and face-to-face experiential programs. Through Show and Heal, she envisions a future in which all children are created equal. Every child will have a voice and a place in society as we include and invest in children for shared prosperity.

Ms. Xi is grateful for her exposure to multiculturalism and varied lifestyles, during her travels and growing up in San Francisco. She observed many value systems and learned that there is more than one path in life; none greater than another.

Ms. Xi is also a Title 1 public high school teacher with over 14 years of experience advocating for thousands of youth in schools, nonprofits, juvenile detention centers, on the streets, and government agencies. She challenges students' assumptions and preconceived notions with Show and Heal's YouTube and social media channels. These are some means to unlearn hate, and learn appreciation and celebration of diverse youth through their real-life stories.

Ms. Xi is in "the trenches" and witnesses her students' struggles which affect their academics, personal, and professional pursuits. They have come to bond with her and share their deepest fears, including family and societal pressures.

These experiences have led her to care more about her students' health than their test scores, which actually have a positive correlation. When she was their age, she longed for the tools to be able to de-stress and focus on success. She believed those tools would've made a difference. In her personal journey, she has discovered and utilized a variety of holistic, self-care practices that she finds our youth in schools are longing for. It is her life's mission to lift younger generations and prepare them for life's challenges.

In her leisure time, you can find her sailing, hiking, or laughing with loving company over life-giving food.