This 15-Year-Old Will Inspire You

Most teenagers spend their free time playing video games, watching sports, and keeping up with the Kardashians. But for Sierra Leone native Kelvin Doe, nothing beats a day spent inventing.

Kelvin became a self-taught engineer at just 13 years old, digging through trash for parts to re-purpose in his inventions. Now 19, he has built his own radio station, worked alongside PhD MIT Media Lab students, and lectured at Harvard.

Check out his inspirational story in the video below.

Kelvin is a wonderful reminder that we are never truly limited by our situation, if we only find a way to persevere until we succeed.

If you have an inspirational college story you would love to share, check out the Write For Us page to submit your piece.

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Alexis Chateau is the Founder of College Mate and Managing Director at Alexis Chateau PR. She is an activist, writer, and explorer. Follow her stories of trial and triumph at

8 Comments Add yours

  1. thinkinkadia says:

    Thank you for your follow. Nice site you have here! I’m going to read more about the fabulous work you all doing to support the youth.

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    1. Thanks Kadia, and you’re welcome! If you want to see more millennial relate pieces, check out All the best!

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      1. thinkinkadia says:

        I look forward to e-interacting with your team. Thanks n Good luck in your endeavours too

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      2. Haha! We look forward to e-interacting with you too.

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  2. Ben Aqiba says:

    Hi Alexis,

    thank you for sharing this story with us. Yes, he is great reminder that the biggest obstacles are those in our mind !

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    1. You’re welcome. Thanks for taking the time to read/watch. He really is a fascinating kid. He’ll go far with the right opportunities. He’s gone so far without them already!

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  3. thescarletgirl says:

    Truly miraculous…for age is no bar for excellence 😊

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    1. It really is. Thank you.


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