Foundation Spotlight: Mentee Kevin Akers

It has been an exciting time for LEAP Foundation DC scholar Kevin Thomas Akers, who recently spent time in Santiago de Chile, representing the United States at the Concausa Continental Summit. The University of Massachusetts Lowell freshman was invited to attend as the co-founder of STEM for the Streets, which exposes historically disenfranchised and underserved children in Washington, D.C., to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) through hands-on experiments and engaging lesson plans with scientists, engineers and doctors. The summit provides an opportunity for students like Kevin to connect with other adolescents to create a network of youth-leading service projects.

“We are incredibly proud of this LEAP scholar and credit his parents, Debbie and Patrick Akers, for raising an exemplary young leader,” said Dr. Clayton Lawrence, LEAP Foundation DC president and CEO. “We congratulate Kevin on this tremendous achievement.”

Kevin finished his first semester at the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a 3.9 GPA and recently became a member of the National Society of Black Engineers. With his eye on success and achievement, Kevin aspires to complete an internship with NASA.

It was just a few short years ago, at 12 years old, that Kevin was the recipient of a $500 LEAP scholarship to support his early transition to high school at Schools Without Walls (SWW) Senior High School.

The Washington native graduated with honors from Achievement Preparatory Academy Public Charter School, one of the highest performing middle schools in Washington, D.C. Promoted a grade ahead of his peers at just six years old, this child prodigy quickly became known for his engaging personality, his enthusiasm for life, and his passion for learning. LEAP seeks out ambitious, self-motivated and talented young people and Kevin has been a fine representation of the next generation that the nonprofit organization seeks to invest in.

Kevin showed strengths in performing arts and athletics, including tennis and basketball, both of which he and his family said were nurtured by the Early Childhood Academy Public Charter School, Achievement Prep, the Boys and Girls Club, and the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center. He once portrayed Malcom X on Channel 9 News and former President Barack Obama at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage.

Kevin Akers has been a shining example of what the future generation is capable of. LEAP supports him in his efforts as he continues to reach for the stars.