Year Joined MKLM: 2012
City: São Paulo
Project(s): Casa Clamour Cavanis, Prison Ministry
Project Goal: To provide education and support to youth and prisoners in order to guide them to being successful, self-sufficient adults, focusing on restorative justice and non-violent ways of solving conflict
Kim is originally from Crystal Lake, IL and has two younger brothers. She has a BA in English Education from Augustana College (IL) and taught English and Reading at the middle and high school levels. Kim spent seven weeks volunteering in Guatemala in 2010 helping with reforestation projects, volunteering at a school library and constructing a coffee processing center. She also has been a Big Sister and a soccer coach. She is married to Greg and they have a 6-year-old son, Christopher, a two-year old daughter, Elena, and a one year old daughter, Laura.
Kim worked at the youth centers of Clube da Turma Cavanis in the neighborhood of Freguesia do O, Sao Paulo and in partnership with the Prison Pastoral of Sao Paulo. At each location, she focused on courses in restorative justice practices that guide participants in using non-violent methods of solving conflict. At Cavanis, she worked with youth aged 11-15 who attended the center for supplemental education outside of the 4 hour public school day. Students have the opportunity to partake in extra programming in study skills, sports, art, music, and theater. In her work with the prison, the course is similarly themed, but geared for adult men. Brazil’s prison population is one of the highest in the world, and overcrowding is a severe problem. As part of a team, Kim helped facilitating courses in a men’s prison to deal with some of the realities and conflicts they experience in prison, while also guiding them to think about their lives outside prison. Kim also was the Friends Across Borders Coordinator in Brazil.