K-diaspora project launched to support young ethnic Koreans overseas

(L to R) Kim Kyung-sung, Chairman of the Blue Tree Foundation, Representative Yang Hyang-ja of the ruling Democratic Party, Go Do-won, Chairman of the Godowon Foundation, and Choi Jin-young, CEO of Korea Herald pose for a photo after signing the Memorandum of Understanding to support young ethnic Koreans living overseas. (Park Hyun-koo/The Korea Herald)

The Korea Herald on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding with two local organizations to support a project to build the capacity of young ethnic Koreans residing overseas.

The K-Diaspora project envisions making Korean youth from 190 countries – about 2 million in total – world leaders who share an identity rooted in Korean roots. The Godowon Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring young people, and the Blue Tree Foundation, an NGO against school violence, have joined the initiative.

“Remembering that Korea Herald was founded 70 years ago to put our country on the world map, we plan to use our long-established global network to make this project a success,” said Choi Jin. -young, CEO of Herald of Korea.

Under the memorandum, the signatory parties will join efforts to develop programs that bring the Korean diaspora to Korea and provide them with educational opportunities. As a result, two-week programs during the summer and winter holidays will begin this year and will be expanded to eight-week programs from 2025. By mingling young Koreans at home and abroad, the project aims to forge links between them and encourage them to build a common identity.

The scope of the collaboration will also include creating a global network of Korean youth communities, supporting their educational and professional development, and promoting a culture of non-violence and global citizenship.

“We are grateful for this opportunity to engage young people from the diaspora, a group that has long been excluded from the legal aid system. This project can encourage legal reform for this neglected community and help foster a sense of shared transnational identity among Korean youth. said Go Do-won, chairman of the Godowon Foundation.

“Our organization plans to leverage our educational infrastructure here in Korea, which spans 15 youth training centers, to support the capacity of emerging young leaders.” said Kim Kyung-sung, president of the Blue Tree Foundation.

By Ahn Ju-hee ([email protected])

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