The panel for this week’s episode includes: Ellen Loucks, Faith Eternity Katari, Isis Persephone, Keilon Sabourin, Martin Harvey-Olson, Nathanael, and Neil Karkhanis.
If you are able to tune in LIVE, the Youth can also answer your questions LIVE. The topic that they have chosen to discuss is Homelessness in America.
The Youth for Episode #19
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Ellen Loucks (b. 1999) was born in Toronto, Canada, and moved to the States in 2002. She has loved literature her entire life. In June 2017, Hyu-Wai’s first novel, The Power of Healing, was published by Books to Go Now. She is currently working on her next book. She is a lover of learning and is keen to delve deeper into social issues and making a difference. Additionally, she is fluent in Cantonese (the language spoken at home) and hopes to improve her mediocre Spanish someday.
Faith Eternity Katari
Faith Eternity Kateri is a 13 y.o. unschooler who grew up between Philadelphia & New York City. She loves traveling to unschooling conferences around the country since she began 6 yrs ago. She’s done Girl Scouting for 9 yrs., enjoys helping in the community, volunteering for organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Historic Glenn Foerd Estate on the Delaware River, holding theater programs, local music festivities, and art history programs. She is a flowarts enthusiast, also pursues surfing, drawing graphic novels in anime/manga style, actively working with The March Against Rape Culture year after year to spread the word on how young girls are treated growing up, and most especially participating with her cosplay group, doing photo appearances at various horror & sci-fi conventions in the PA/NJ/NY area.
Isis Persephone is a 13 y.o. unschooler who loves attending music concerts, TV fandoms and the convention life. She enjoys cats and her favorite musical artist is Sabrina Carpenter.
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.
Nathanael is 13 years old and loves to study the worlds history and is very interested in the world today. And is also very excited to be on the podcast.
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 #19 are Jim Flannery and Tanya Sharkey.
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.
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:-).