Joo Gyeong Kim, has overcome many obstacles since her family immigrated to the U.S. from Korea to pursue better educational and academic opportunities. After facing many hardships, including racism and discrimination, she gradually gained confidence and realized her dream of student leadership when she was elected ASB Senior Class President. Joo Gyeong’s own challenges inspired her to form a college prep support group at school, to help other disadvantaged students pursue their educational and career goals. Joo Gyeong serves as a member of the Lakewood City Youth Council and played a key role in planning the second annual Lakewood Youth Empowerment Summit. Joo Gyeong’s career goals include working in the nonprofit arena to help low-income students pursue higher education and working in policy development to improve college affordability.