Kelvin Doe: The youngest MIT visiting practitioner

Posted on February 16, 2016 by Dr. Lynda

Today EWC introduces two special things in the world of possibility: see what it looks like to be a little boy with a big brain in a culture that is struggling with poverty, civil war, and a tragic epidemic, AND… learn about our new “EWC Educational Enrichment” pages!

Introducing Mr. Kelvin Doe, from the country of Sierra Leone in northwest Africa, a surefire future superstar in the world of engineering.

He’s 20 now, but since he was 13, he’s been teaching himself physics, chemistry and the science of engineering. And how does a 13-year-old boy in an environment of scarcity create and entire radio station of his own? He goes through trash and uses bits and pieces of the things he finds to build batteries, generators, and transmitters. Completely self-taught, Kelvin broadcasts news and plays music under the moniker, DJ Focus.

He goes through trash and uses bits and pieces of the things he finds to build batteries, generators, and transmitters. Completely self-taught, Kelvin broadcasts news and plays music under the moniker, DJ Focus.

Via: THNKR 1

As always, we watched that video and thought of “possibility.” Such an inspiring story might prompt us all to do a little more for young people with promise, who don’t have much advantage in life. What if every school had a person with a new job title:

What if every school had a person with a new job title: Chief Possibility Officer.  Just  as important as a guidance counselor might be to children who need help negotiating their troubles… this person would help children negotiate their potential!

As you may know, I have been working closely with children and families for 25 years in my practice. One of my greatest pleasures has been watching the children I once knew as magnetic 6-year-olds, grow into happy adults.

 

Image: Kelvin Doe of Sierra Leone
Photo courtesy of Adam Cohn and Paula Aguilera.
Source: adamcohn.com

And yet, I have also known children with highly unusual curiosity, fascination with science, voracious young readers and remarkable artistic impulses, who were not growing up in environments that nurtured those sparks.

I know many who I remember fondly as bright as a penny, and then slowly their lights went out as the years went by, and they became sullen, withdrawn teenagers with no passions.

What did the world miss out on by not supporting those sparks of passion?

What if there was a system, other than random chance, that was designed to recognize kids like Kelvin very early, and then support their inquiries?

Today’s story about Kelvin could inspire a new movement in education that is long overdue. If you’d like to learn more about that, contact me! In the next stage of our everwideningcircles.com journey, we have a plan to take this to education. I’d love to collaborate with you!

In fact, we have created a new branch of EWC specifically for parents who want to use some of our most inspiring articles to teeth their kids about innovation, possibility and the wonder still all around us.

Image: The inside of technology up close
Source: Tec Estromberg // Flickr

You can find all those articles on our “Educational Enrichment” pages.

We have parents who tell us their kids just can’t wait to see what we have for them every single day!

Take a look and see if you might like to make a visit to EWC part of a little family time at night before bed instead of everyone going off to their own corners.

Let us know how it goes!

And now to close, here’s one more thing written about Kelvin:

“Kelvin became the youngest person in history to be invited to the ‘Visiting Practitioner’s Program’ at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). THNKR had exclusive access to Kelvin and his life-changing journey – experiencing the United States for the first time, exploring incredible opportunities, contending with homesickness, and mapping out his future.” 2

What if we help every kid with a passion Map their Future?

To support Kelvin and young innovators like him, please visit CrowdRise.com’s Innovate Salone page, here.

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~Dr. Lynda