Kocen is a chapter based in Koreatown/Central LA that was founded in 2016. As the chapter representing the largest community of Koreans inside the United States, we strive to empower the Korean youth to devote time and effort to resolve humanitarian issues. We have members with a wide variety of ages which allows to educate and develop the younger members into strong leaders. Some of our activities include park and beach cleanups, garage sales, and serving the homeless. We aspire to achieve even more than we did the year before.
Hello, my name is Irene Oh and I’m a junior at John Marshall High School. I am the current president of Kocen. At Hwarang, I feel that students are able to manifest their full potential in leadership, all the while giving back to the community and gaining an in-depth insight into our cultures and aspirations. Although Kocen is in its developing stages, we are steadily growing into an eager group of students who want to make a difference in the world. I see Hwarang as a means to that end— this is our first step forward into learning what the real world expectations are, and Kocen is striving to help students achieve that deeper connection with our society and their personal ambitions.