Welcome to Sunnyridge! Founded in the City of Brea in 2014, Sunnyridge is the second chapter to exist within the Orange County district and really started its current growth. Currently, Sunnyridge stands strong as one big family due to our uniquely small size. This allows us to pay more attention to our members, new and old, easing the formation of close bonds. Despite our size, our passion for this foundation is second to none. We always make sure to give it our all during events, constantly trying to one-up ourselves in the process. Together we can pull through any situation, without even considering the option of giving up. Sunnyridge is a chapter where everyone is given the opportunity to truly expand their knowledge about society; with our main mission of helping every member find their role in society. With the help and knowledge gained by the Hwarang Youth Foundation, we wish to expand Hwarang in order to make changes, big and/or small, in order to change for the better. We believe that there will always be people who suffer, people who are silenced, and people who are in need. We are determined to help these people and improve their lives. We want to continuously promote compassion and excellence to the members of our organization as they start their path as both intelligent and experienced leaders with a mission to make our society better. In a larger context, the world cannot be changed so easily, but our goal is to make these changes little by little because even the smallest change makes a big difference. To put it concisely, our small yet extremely passionate chapter strives members to develop members into highly capable and skillful leaders of society, and will continue to do pass on this goal to our newer.
Hello. My name is Jimin Choi and I am the president of the Sunnyridge chapter for the year 2020-2021. I have been an active member of Hwarang since January 2019, and since then, joining Hwarang has proven to be one of the most fulfilling decisions I’ve made as of today. For the past year, I have found myself actively engaging in various meaningful activities—educating younger students on basic IT principles, regularly tending to the local parks, raising awareness for concerns and prominent issues in the Korean community, and attending fundraiser events to benefit those in need of eye care in Guatemala. Participating in Hwarang activities has enabled me not only to volunteer, but also to expand my knowledge and skills in my own field of interest, cultivate my sense of leadership and teamwork, and learn to work efficiently within an elaborate system of summits, chapters, and officers that are involved in a huge volunteer effort. To myself and all of those involved in the Hwarang community alike, Hwarang is an integral outlet and resource which empowers us, the Korean-American youth, to give back and create a positive impact on our society.
Our chapter, Sunnyridge, is one of the smaller chapters of Hwarang, but what we lack in numbers, we make up for our much more closely knitted community. Aside from annual Hwarang events, our regular chapter activities involve cleanups at local parks, recycling, sandwich-making for the homeless, and more. My experience in Hwarang has been nothing but rewarding, and this year as President, I plan to work to my best ability to improve our Sunnyridge chapter and its significance in Hwarang.