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Jane Kim

2023-2024 UChicago Obama Scholars


Teacher, Chicago Public Schools


Chicago, IL



Empowering youth in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood to navigate the digital world safely, fostering social-emotional growth and academic progress through a comprehensive social media education program.

Jane Kim has spent almost a decade teaching on the South Side of Chicago, where she held roles as a teacher, case manager, and interventionist, gaining an intimate understanding of the most urgent challenges faced by students today. Jane is committed to addressing the negative impact and significant risks associated with social media use among youth by developing a curriculum to equip children and teens with the digital literacy skills necessary to navigate the digital world and avoid harmful content and habits. Building on an existing partnership with Reavis Elementary in the Bronzeville neighborhood, Jane plans to use the Scholars program to refine her pilot program to provide teachers and students with support and resources to enhance social-emotional growth, social media education, and literacy simultaneously.

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