Young scientist passes on knowledge through new business
At 16, Kameron Young conducted a genetic study. At 17 she spent a year in Spain becoming fluent in Spanish. At 19, she was a virtual intern with a Columbian tech company.
Now, in her first year in Queen Mary University of London’s biomedical engineering programme, the Bermudian has launched her own tutoring business, Nyna Kenyetta, to share her knowledge with youngsters.
She is offering virtual tutoring in Spanish and science to children over the age of 8.
“I was inspired by my mother, Angela Young,” she said. “My mother recently started her own business, Kids in Control Systems. So I thought I would start one too.”
In considering what kind of business to start, she thought about her passions and strengths.
“I wanted to stick with the topics I love,” she said. “I liked the idea of working with kids and helping them to learn new things. I love that ‘aha’ moment, when kids really get something.”
“I love Spanish and I like working with kids,” she said.
Ms Young has worked with children in summer camps and programmes such as ConnecTech in Bermuda.
“I am doing this because I enjoy working with children and I wanted to continue building my resume,” she said. “The challenge has been getting my name out there,” she said. “It is hard, especially with the market being so saturated.”
So far, she has a handful of clients in Bermuda and the UK.
“I am really still getting the business off the ground,” she said.
Ms Young has different booking links for her UK and Bermuda students.
“It wasn’t complicated setting up the links,” she said. “I quite like doing stuff with tech, so it was just a matter of doing the research and figuring out which platform worked best for me.”
She helps with homework and exams.
“Sometimes they are just passionate about science,” she said. “At the moment I am tutoring someone in London and he is passionate about learning to code, and he likes video games. We do Scratch coding together, and it is fun to watch him learn new things and be proud of himself.”
She prefers to work with children.
“Kids are a lot easier to work with than older people,” Ms Young said. “They are happier and more ready. They are like play dough. It is easier to teach them things and help them along.”
Ms Young has been mentored by women in science such as biomedical research Carika Weldon. While a student at the Bermuda High School for Girls, Ms Young worked with Dr Weldon to carry out a genetics study. Ms Young presented the results at the Bermuda Principles Foundation’s third Annual Conference in February 2019.
Ms Young has also worked with Coral Wells, founder and chief executive officer of ConnecTech, taking coding courses with her, and also helping to teach them.
“This was a way to give back,” Ms Young said.
But she has no thoughts of becoming a teacher or professor. Her main goal is to become a biomedical engineer. After studying engineering she must go through medical school and residency.
“Basically, I am going to be in school the rest of my life,” she joked.
She called her business Nyna Kenyetta, because Nyna is her middle name, and Kenyetta was the name of her grandfather Kenyetta ‘Burning Spear’ Young. The late Mr Young, a trade unionist, inspired Ms Young’s interest in technology from a young age.
Ms Young said life in London is pretty normal right now, despite the pandemic.
“People just go out,” she said. “The most you need is a negative lateral flow test or a vaccine. So I don’t have too many problems with it.”
Ms Young charges $40 an hour.
For more information e-mail Kameron@nynakenyetta.com or see tutoring.nynakenyetta.com .