MEET THE YOUTH
Delilah is 12 years old and lives with her unschooling family in New Jersey. She spends her days creating multimedia artwork, learning coding, piano and preparing herself for her dream of becoming a robotics engineer. She has an endless interest in creating things, problem solving, learning languages, and the psychology of body language and persuasion. Her family is filled with animals, but her cat James is the best.
Most of my childhood was spent in foster homes and between families, which evolved into a period of homelessness after coming out as FTM transgender. After seven years of traditional education, I found the philosophy of child-led learning, then proceeded to pull myself out of school after presenting an hour long presentation to my principal on why the education system is a sham.
In my unschooling journey, I found my love of writing, acting, poetry, 1800’s children’s literature, India, linguistics, beekeeping, Gujarati dance, yoga, piano, and, most importantly, I found my family. I was adopted shortly after I turned 18 by a wonderful unschooling family and now have stability and complete support for the first time in my life.
Martin Harvey-Olson is an unschooled kid who is all about creative expression through music. He has been following his passions for years – cosplay, art, martial arts, gymnastics, but most of all music. He has taught himself to play multiple instruments, and is working on mastering multiple musical styles and genres, although his favorite is Rock/Alternative.
Neil Karkhanis is 14 years old and attends South Jersey Sudbury School, a democratic free school where the students decide how to spend their time. He enjoys discussing politics, education, world events and nutritional science. He has been involved in community theater since the age of six. He spends a few months out of the year living in Tampa, FL and the rest in New Jersey. He's very excited to have this platform to share views and ideas with others.
Cassidy is 15 years old and not your typical teen. Because of her family's desire to learn about the world firsthand by exploring it full-time, Cassidy left her home in Venice, Italy in 2013 and has traveled to over 50 countries across the globe - developing a passion for art, languages and culture. She became a devoted volunteer and human rights advocate while volunteering during the refugee crisis in the Middle East, US, and Greece and found that she is happiest when she is helping other kids and teens and creating lasting friendships with them. Cassidy is also a co-founder of the non-profit organization Kids Unite 4 Hope which she and her sister started in 2015 to help kids in need and to inspire kids around the world to volunteer and make a difference. You can find her at ciaocassidy.com and kidsunite4hope.org
Miro Siegel is an 18 year old traveler and youth facilitator for Project World School. His learning is self directed and influenced by the ever changing world around him. To him, this is Worldschooling. He is interested in, and is an advocate for children's rights, travel as education and a spearhead of the Worldschooling movement that he and his mother helped create. Miro Siegel traveled to Amsterdam in April, 2016 to present at the TEDxAmsterdamED conference and to bring a slightly more 'unconventional' view to the table. He aspires to bring cultural awareness and immersion to more people, because he truly believes that travel can bring peace to the world and inspire learning without measure.
Kaitlin is a traveler, humanitarian, and human rights advocate. She is 18 years old and has been traveling her entire life with her family. She was born in Holland and also lived in the United States, Germany, France, and Rome, Italy all by the time she was seven. For the next 7 years, she lived in Venice, Italy where most of her childhood memories were made. When Kaitlin was 14, her family decided to step out of their comfort zone and explore the world on an open-ended journey to see the world. So far they have visited over 50 countries throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North and South America, and Asia. She believes that the world is her classroom where she learns through the cultural diversity of its people. Through her travels Kaitlin has found a love for archaeology, literature, history, theater, and sharing her adventures and stories through her writing – opening hearts and minds to the realities and amazing people of the world. She discovered her passion for volunteering and humanitarian work after volunteering with Syrian refugees in Turkey in 2015. After this experience, her and her sister started a non-profit organization called Kids Unite 4 Hope where their goal is to help kids in need and encourage kids and teens to make a difference in their communities and around the world. Since then she has volunteered globally and given numerous presentations to teens about the refugee crisis and the importance of using their youth to make a positive impact on the world.
You can follow Kaitlin at travelinkait.com and kidsunite4hope.org.
Leandros Rivera is 15 years old and he lives in New Jersey with his unschooling family. He has been happily homeschooled since first grade. His main interests lie in playing video games, reading, film making, philosophy, psychology, researching world religions, sketching and current events.