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Find their Sense
Purpose fuels motivation. It’s the heart of what gives us meaning, and motivates us to make an impact with our lives. But for our youth today, they lack the resources to the help them find a sense of purpose. The way schools are structured, they do not have room for students to understand who they are or explore what they are passionate about. The way they succeed in a classroom is by repeating the answers of other people’s questions, not their own. They study and work hard for someone else’s definition of purpose, not their own.
And as children of immigrant families, they find themselves stretched in the tension of living the lives their parents want versus what their “irresponsible” passions or interests may lead them to do. Or worse yet, they find their purpose is to pay back the priceless sacrifices their parents made for them to be Americans.
We want to stand in the gap between their school and family and invite them to start thinking about who they are, what they like, and how they can impact the world. We believe that giving them the chance to dive deep into their interests and kindle a vision for what their lives can be is a tremendous moment that can forever change the way they view their school, their family, and their own lives.
Deepen Their Awareness
Self awareness fuels confidence. Someone with strong self awareness is able to assess themselves honestly, being comfortable with their strengths and limitations. They are able to handle difficult situations, being able to see other points of view while staying true to their own values. Strong self-awareness is foundational in building character and integrity in becoming socially responsible leaders.
The youth today struggle to find themselves in the midst of all the expectations that are put on them by friends, parents, and society. As they try to balance what it means to be an American and a Korean, the contradictions each side brings is confusing to navigate. One side says to be complaisant, the other says to stand out. One side says to respect your elders the other says to respect yourself first. One side says “just do as I say” the other says “speak up and make yourself heard.”
All the while, they are constantly bombarded by their peers and society telling them they are not pretty, cool, or rich enough. It’s easy to lose yourself when you’re pulled in so many directions. But we want to be there for them to help develop a compass for themselves and embrace the tension rather than succumb to it.
Broaden their Sense
Worldview fuels empathy. A broadened worldview means that we are open to new ideas and challenges. It means that we are able to resonate with issues that are beyond our day to day experiences. We become empathetic towards others and inspire us to make an impact in the world.
As Korean Americans, our youth today have a difficult time being able to see outside their immediate circles of influence. Even though technology allows us to explore the world, their worldview is still narrow and limited. We want to expose them to new ideas and experiences so that they can be inspired and convicted to have big dreams and visions.