Ep. #18 – Youth on the Apocalypse

The panel for this week’s episode includes Arthur Velwest, Gavin Sharkey, Lachlan Sabourin, Keilon, and Neil Karkhanis.

The topic that they have chosen to discuss is the Apocalypse.

If you are able to tune in LIVE, the Youth can also answer your questions LIVE.

The Youth for Episode #18

Arthur Velwest

Arthur Velwest is a 20 year old unschooler who has spent much of his life pursuing self taught education. Currently in the childcare field, he would be happy to talk to anyone at any time about unschooling.

Gavin Sharkey

This is Gavin Sharkey. He is 15, lives in Brooklyn, and aspires to be a photographer. He has spent the past two years teaching himself photoshop and photography, and doesn’t intend to stop any time soon.

Lachlan Sabourin

I am a 14 year old World Schooler. I’m an artist and an actor. I’m a transgender boy and have been happily out for a while now. I have a few siblings and they are my inspiration and my daily challenge. And I enjoy long walks on the beach…

Keilon Sabourin

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.

Neil Karkhanis

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.


Producers for Episode #18 are Tanya Sharkey and Jim Flannery.

Tanya Sharkey

An unschooling mom, I’m colorful, passionate, and eternally seeking truth. Queen of TMI:-) Say it like it is, wear it on my sleeve, can’t be fake, the word is always on the tip of my tongue and I can’t figure it out. Like to always have a destination on the calendar. A proud cat-lady, love the universe, fresh air, the wind blowing my hair, authenticity. An information junkie, and always on a quest to reduce our family’s carbon footprint to the best of our ability:-).

Jim Flannery

At first glance, Jim’s career may seemed scattered across different fields and topics. However, an emerging theme he’s noticed in his work is to empower people who are powerless. This may sound cliche, so let’s try to be more specific: Jim wants to unlock doors and liberate people who are trapped inside. More specific? He wants to help students trapped in school, elderly people trapped in nursing homes, psychiatric patients trapped in institutions, and inmates trapped in prisons.
To achieve these lofty goals, Jim brings many different skills to the table. For example, he is an experienced startup entrepreneur, trained biomedical engineer, strong public speaker, self-taught web developer, self-satisfying comedian, eccentric physics teacher, and mediocre painter. To keep himself sane, he likes reading, rock climbing, skateboarding, and traveling.
While he doesn’t mind fighting alone, success requires a team.
Let’s talk about coordinating our efforts to create a better world.

“Podcast sponsored by Peer Unschooling Network

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