Aloha! My name is Kyung Mi and I am a junior from ‘Iolani School in Honolulu, Hawai’i. I was originally born in Seoul, South Korea and moved to Honolulu with my family when I was nine years old. I believe that having this multi-cultural background is what fostered my strong interest in global awareness.
At school, I am an active member of the ‘Iolani International Affairs Association and the ‘Iolani Student Peace Institute where I’ve had the opportunity of serving as the Secretary and the Vice President. From debating as a Model UN delegate on the topic of girls’ education in a UN Women committee, to passing out flyers while volunteering with the state chapter of the UNA-USA, I’ve developed my passion for gender equality and women’s issues through learning about and promoting global affairs in my school and local community.
I am also an avid thespian. I view theatre as a method of communication that connects with the audience. Last year, I was a part of a school production of “She Has a Name”, a play that deals with global sex trafficking.
Being exposed to different issues around the world has only fueled and sustained my passion for women’s rights. I want to stand up for the rights of girls just like me. I am so excited and honored to be able to serve as a Girl Up Teen Advisor for the 2015-2016 year. I look forward to an amazing year of empowerment and extraordinary changes!