Stoneleigh-Burnham student U Jin Jo ’19 is attending the winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea as both a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and an official partner of the Olympics through her work on anti-bullying with an international organization.
Jo was appointed to work with Thomas Bach, President of the IOC, as a direct secretariat. Her nomination for the job came in part through her work with You Matter, an international anti-bullying organization. Jo is on the executive board of You Matter. In 2015 and in the years to follow, the Olympic Committee agreed to sponsor this organization and invited Jo to be a spokesperson for her generation on changing the culture of bullying in sports. Learn more about You Matter click here.
Among the many wonderful experiences she is having, Jo was interviewed by the BBC and NBC about being the youngest IOC secretariat in history.
“At 18 years old, people doubt my position here, but I had to work just as hard as anyone else on the team, if not, even more. I don’t need anymore justification for my work since I know how much work I put in, and I know my intentions are pure,” Jo wrote recently in an email during some down time from her work at the Olympics. “It took a tremendous effort for my organization, and myself. Therefore, I am here also as a representative of my organization to consult with the Committee when they are creating campaigns, such as, #breakthrough or #becomethelight. With the support of other organizations, like the Olympics, the momentum is there. Therefore, we are extremely positive moving forward.”