12-Year-Old Nonprofit Owner Ignites a Passion for Learning in Others - Kumon

12-Year-Old Nonprofit Owner Ignites a Passion for Learning in Others

Vidhi sits in front of a gray background wearing a black dress

Vidhi, 12-years-old, Math Level K, Reading Level L

8th grader Vidhi is on a mission. Her goal, although still a child herself, is to foster a love for learning, particularly within science in those younger than her within her community. As the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Web Development Officer of a nonprofit, she is achieving that goal time and time again. The organization, Vision4Science, is designed to ignite a passion for science in younger generations.  Through unique workshops, free school presentations, and STEM symposiums, Vidhi speaks to dozens of hungry minds, encouraging them to take a closer look at the world around them and dive deeper into how science may affect their everyday life.Vidhi poses next to a science fair pster

Vidhi’s extracurricular commitments don’t stop there. She has taught herself how to play the piano, participates in debate, and plays competitive basketball during the school year. In addition, Vidhi has been enrolled in the Kumon Math and Reading Program for nine years, which has propelled her to studying advanced high school level math and reading, even though she is still in middle school.

“Kumon has gotten me ahead of my grade level and has made school so much easier for me” said Vidhi. “Since I can get my school homework done quicker as I have already learned the concepts in Kumon, I can spend more time on other things, such as planning projects for my nonprofit organization, Vision4Science.”

It’s not surprising that when Vidhi grows up, she hopes to pursue a career either as a neuropsychiatrist or a biomedical engineer – both paths that require a love and deep understanding of science. Her love for science combined with unwavering dedication resulted in winning first place at a regional science and engineering fair, where Vidhi built an artificial pancreas as part of her project. She’s not afraid to take risks or to challenge herself, and attributes those traits to her time spent in Kumon.

Vidhi stands outside a building holding a trophy“Kumon has taught me how to persevere when things get difficult, how to manage my time, and how to teach myself new materials,” said Vidhi. “Whenever there is a subject in school that is hard for me, I’ve learned not to give up and instead to look at it in a different light in order to solve it – there is no sense in running away from something I can’t do.”

Vidhi was one of 56 students selected to attend Kumon’s 3rd Annual Student Conference in Chicago, Illinois this year. The conference was designed to bring some of the brightest young minds across North America to inspire one another through a series of group activities and projects.

What do you enjoy most about Kumon?

I enjoy Kumon’s level of repetition the most. Kumon doesn’t repeat too much to where I get bored of the subject, but it repeats enough so that I understand the concepts. It leaves me with a solid understanding of a subject while moving quickly through them.

What is the most beneficial thing you’ve learned in Kumon thus far?

The most beneficial thing I’ve learned in Kumon is to self-motivate myself, which has helped me persevere through difficult tasks.

What achievements are you most proud of?

The achievements I am most proud of are the science fair competitions I’ve placed in, the level that my non-profit organization has reached, and the Most Valuable Player Awards that I’ve won in basketball. I am also very proud of the first place awards I’ve won in debate even though I’ve only done it for a year.

Vidhi shakes hands with Kumon North America president Mino Tanabe

Vidhi shakes hands with Kumon North America president Mino Tanabe

If you could sum up your Kumon experience in one word, what would it be?

If I could sum up my Kumon experience in one word, I would say unique. The program is something that I’ve never seen or experienced before. It helps me academically while teaching me many life lessons and I’ve never seen a program that does both of those things so well.

What advice would you give to kids just starting Kumon?

To students just starting Kumon, never give up. Always think of the long-term goals that you have and remember that Kumon will help you reach them. If it weren’t for Kumon, I wouldn’t be as ahead in school, and I wouldn’t be able to self-teach myself how to do things. As I’m applying to high school this year, I know that Kumon has boosted my chances of getting into to the school I’ve dreamed of going to. Remember your long term goals and what you want to do in the future and put forth your best effort at completing Kumon with that goal in mind.

How did you feel when you found out you were selected to attend the 2019 Kumon Student Conference?

Vidhi poses in front of a Kumon step and repeat at the student conferenceWhen I heard I was selected to attend the Student Conference, I was extremely excited knowing that it would be a once in a lifetime opportunity. I finally felt like all the work I had been doing for the past nine years at Kumon was paying off. Hearing that I had made it this far, I was motivated from that moment to continue and finish the program.

What was your experience like at the 2019 Kumon Student Conference, and what was your favorite part?

Even before attending the conference, I knew that it would be a once in a lifetime chance, and it definitely was. The speakers were so inspirational, and inspired me to continue to finish the program. I met so many new people that I still talk to, people who share similar goals with me. I saw the reality of what Kumon does and how it helps in the future. Ever since the conference, I’ve worked so much harder and have put so much more effort into Kumon.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

My biggest inspiration is and has always been my dad. From the start, he’s always motivated me to do what I love to do and to work hard. Throughout my experience with Kumon, he has never stopped encouraging me and reminding me of my end goals. He is someone who puts all his effort into everything he does, and that has inspired me to do the same. He is someone I want to be like one day. He has taught me to never give up, and to put all my effort into what I do.

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