Founder's Message

The Hwarang Youth Foundation is a youth non-profit organization program that seeks to instill pride in its members, develop and train future leaders, and contribute to thecommunity.

First and foremost, Hwarang is a service organization; its members help out not only the nearby community but also the world as a whole, with various initiatives to send medical supplies to third-world countries, conduct educational outreach programs, and provide optical assistance to the visually challenged. Hwarang members are also committed to helping the environment to the benefit to the community: they participate in activities like cleaning up waterways, planting trees, and protecting the ocean. Such service to the community not only helps others, but is also a valuable training source for future leadership roles.

Hwarang is about more than just doing good things; it teaches an entire way of living life. With the fast-paced world and temptations of the internet, it is easy for teenagers to lose track of meaningful things in life. For this reason, members of Hwarang live by the Five Beliefs of Hwarang: Love of Family, Love of Nation, Love of Neighbors, Love of Justice, and Love of Peace. By remembering what’s important, Hwarang members develop into future leaders and decision makers who are virtuous and value harmony.

Hwarang welcomes everyone, but it can be especially worthwhile for first-generation students born in a foreign country. Developing a strong social identity while acknowledging one’s roots can be a difficult balancing act for recent immigrants; Hwarang helps students find themselves and become valuable members of their new communities.

Finally, our service and mentorship continues as refined leaders to train and persistently continue our spirit to the general public and to our members. Unification of 25 Hwarang chapter is in collusion in task as in local events to international affairs to help and serve the community and unfurl the ethos and scale in collaborative manners. As our five belief of Hwarang illuminates our principle through our unique leadership, with faith and trust, in the name of Hwarang we believe to spread the unalienable rights among them life, beneficial, and the pursuit of a more perfect union towards our community.

Howard Y. Park, Ph.D.
Founder of Hwarang Youth Foundation

Hwarang Youth Foundation, founded in 2006, began as a community-based youth enrichment organization and has come a long journey.

In a little more than a decade, Hwarang Youth Foundation grew to be the vessel through which youths around the globe come to develop who they are. Such feat would have been extremely difficult, if not impossible, without the continued support and involvement of those who believe in our cause.

By the time they enter high school, a child is making impactful strides to find oneself and understand the world in one’s own perspective. This crucial process of development occurs through breaking away from the well-known into broader community. Each step must be taken with care, however. Our youths are vulnerable to many stresses and excitements of the new challenges. This sense of vulnerability may be greater for our youths from minor and multicultural background. As each youth struggles to identify oneself in the world, the community must be there to help with the growth.

Hwarang Youth Foundation was able to play such a key role, implementing and sustaining many innovative projects that have provided leadership opportunities for our youths. From medical trips to improve the visions of those with limited access to care to teaching coding in local community, our members dedicated their time and effort to make positive changes. We believe in our members’ abilities and imagination, and the projects they undertake will only benefit them to envision greater enterprises as future leaders.

Hwarang Youth Foundation has grown into an international organization fostering the global youth development. We will continue to provide best opportunities for our youths and ask you to join us.

Sarah Y. Park
Founder of Hwarang Youth Foundation