KidTeachKid, a nonprofit organization created and run by Houston-area high schoolers and their friends, has made a great educational impact on the local community. In the wake of COVID-19 spreading worldwide and cancelling many summer programs, students throughout the community were left without opportunities to pursue their interests.
KidTeachKid’s mission is to provide these educational opportunities to students, believing that kids can be both learners and teachers, and for peers to raise each other to new heights by sharing knowledge and wisdom. Because of its dedication, the organization is a proud recipient of Google Ad Grants, given to organizations that share Google’s philosophy of community service.
Ten rising high schoolers taught 12 different free online courses to around 500 individual students in grades 5-9.
“Education is not just a resource, but a necessity. If we can provide it, we should,” insists Clements High School rising sophomore Rich Wang, the co-founder and website creator for the program. As a two-time USA Junior Math Olympiad qualifier and a National MATHCOUNTS quarter finalist, Rich is a devoted believer in sharing his knowledge with other kids to help them develop their talents.
Andy Jiang, President of Operations and fellow USA Math Olympiad qualifier adds, “One of my lifetime goals is to help those who are passionately striving for success, regardless of their skill level. Kid Teach Kid has been the perfect opportunity for me to jump start this mission.”
Actively combating COVID-19 with public health education
Rising Seven Lakes High School junior Stephanie Wang has self-studied epidemiology ever since 7th grade and has used her knowledge to educate the public through writing an introductory textbook, Epidemiology Unmasked. Using her book as a guide, she shares scientific knowledge throughout the youth of the community in a summer intensive public health class. “Spreading public health literacy is of utmost concern during these uncertain times,” she claims, “and I strive to use my knowledge to ensure the responsibility of our future generations.”