What is Hwarang?

What is Hwarang and what do we do?

“Hwarang,” also known as Flowering Knights, refers to an elite group of male youth in Silla, an ancient kingdom of the Korean Peninsula. This group offered Silla a variety of education opportunities to create well-rounded elite members of the society. Inspired by that, the Hwarang Youth Foundation is a service group composed of goal-driven future leaders, aiming to better the international community through consistent unified efforts. We seek to address issues within our communities by promoting the implementation of our active roles as advocators of love and peace. Each and every Hwarang individual is a diligent and passionate leader with high regard for community affairs. Coming together, we stand proudly as combatants against global issues. Hwarang has a saying, “Today’s Hwarangs, Tomorrow’s Leaders.” Our Hwarang Youth Foundation and Save our Society are not just volunteer organizations, but are outlets to help students become effective, powerful, and active leaders of their respective communities.

Our volunteers have been a part of several activities over the years: park restorations, phone banking campaigns, mask making, toiletry donations, monthly virtual leadership meetings, and more despite COVID-19. Events that were new this year, due to our new circumstances, include movie nights streaming Korean historical films to educate students about the origins of our Korean identity and the events that were overcome in order to reach our current status. Moreover, our members have also demonstrated an active role in local and national politics, some of which include phone banking campaigns for politicians, Census 2020 door tag hanging, and volunteering at election polls.

VISION STATEMENT

TO BE the global leader in community and humanitarian service.

MISSION STATEMENT

TO EMPOWER volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Hwarang

PURPOSES

TO ORGANIZE, charter and supervise service to be known as Hwarang Clubs
TO COORDINATE the activities and standardize the administration of Hwarang Clubs
TO CREATE and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of the world
TO PROMOTE the principle of good government and citizenship
TO TAKE an active interest in the civic, cultural, social and moral welfare of the community
TO UNITE the clubs in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship, and mutual understanding
TO PROVIDE a forum for the open discussion of all matters of public interest, provided, however, that partisan politics and sectarian religion shall not be debated by club members
TO ENCOURAGE service-minded people to serve their community without personal financial reward, and to encourage efficiency and promote high ethical standards in commerce, industry, professions, public works and private endeavors

FIVE BELIEFS OF LOVE

LOVE OF FAMILY : The essential lesson of true love initiates from the family which gives one full support
LOVE OF NATION : The love of nation comes from endearment of the country flag and the national anthem into adherence of loyalty and responsibility and ultimately to the love of its nation
LOVE OF NEIGHBORS : Alongside with the love of family as a member of a community, one will learn to love its neighbors and learn the jubilation of sharing
LOVE OF JUSTICE : The true meaning of justice is to speak of one’s will and not to submit into the wrong faction.
LOVE OF PEACE : Love is about forgiving and reconcile not limited to ethnic group and countries.