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For this leadership program, seven applicants were selected by KACFC board members to participate in a series of three workshops designed to promote emotional intelligence, build self-management and social awareness skills, and teach how to better manage relationships, resolve conflicts, and become a better leader. During the program, each participant successfully completed a community service project and presented their projects to a panel of judges, sponsors, the board, friends, mentors, and family members at the program’s graduation ceremony for the chance to win a scholarship. The four applicants who completed the service projects were also selected for the future KACFC mentoring program. All the projects and presentations were excellent, and congratulations to Christy Yoo for winning the first place award!
In collaboration with the Secretary of State’s office and Disability Law Colorado, KACFC translated voter registration forms, guidelines, and the voting rights of people with disabilities into Korean to help people of all abilities and people with language barriers become engaged with the voting process and exercise their right to vote. On October 15th and 16th, 2016, board members and volunteers set up a booth in H-Mart to register shoppers and all those interested to vote and also worked to promote the merits of voting. The goal of this event was to increase Korean-American voter turnout in Colorado and give minority communities a voice in the 2016 election.
At this informative event on December 5, 2015, KACFC members invited speakers from the Arapahoe and Douglas County League of Women Voters and the Colorado Democratic and Republican Parties as well as the Secretary of State of Colorado Wayne Williams. These esteemed speakers spoke on topics such as the importance of voting and taught our attendees about the voting process and the U.S. electoral system. This event also informed college students of internship opportunities in politics at the local level. Our goal was to inspire and encourage Korean Americans to become a greater part of U.S. political processes.
This event, held on September 5, 2015, was hosted by KACFC in order to establish a strong community connected by Korean traditional culture and pop culture following the “K-Wave,” or expansion of said culture around the world. This event was designed to take those who were connected to Korea by birth, marriage, work, military, or interest and educate them on nuances of the ever-changing Korean culture and encourage them to stay updated in the future. Some of our attendees included Mayor Steve Hogan and Congressman Mike Coffman.
On December 14, 2014, KACFC hosted the second annual Emerging Leadership Conference in Aurora. Community speakers such as Consul General Dongman Han, Mayor Steven Hogan, Dr. Anthony Montoya of Western Area Power Administration, Dr. Ricky Choi, and Mr. Ray Cho were invited to talk about leadership and initiative in career paths to young leaders in our community. Throughout the evening, guests were encouraged to network with each other and with community leaders in their field of interest. There was also an enlightening Q&A session with the speakers, where all attendees were invited to further their knowledge on a particular topic. It was a successful and meaningful learning experience for all.
“Korea Goes Global: The Unexpected Rise of an Economic and Cultural Powerhouse” will be presented by Professor Tony Robinson at UC Denver. He will talk about the meteoric rise of Korea to world cultural and economic prominence, including some reflection on how Seoul has become a leading world-city, a city that represents and is producing the leading economic and cultural forms of our era. Also his presentation will include Korean culture more broadly and the place of Korean culture in current global dynamics such things as K-Pop, Hallyu, Korea’s high-tech fascination, and Korea’s growing economic power.“The Origin of Korean Language, Hangul” will be introduced by KACFC steering committee. How was Hangul invented?, How does the written Korean, Hangul work?, and Greatness of Hangul will be presented with K-drama and Korean history.
Leadership Seminar 2013 was hosted by KACFC at Conference Center at Inverness Hotel in Englewood, Colorado. According to the 2010 Census, there were approximately 1.7 million people of Korean descent residing in the United States, making it the country with the second largest Korean population living outside Korea. The 1st generation Koreans came to US for better opportunities for their children. It’s time for the 1.5 and 2nd generation Korean Americans need to be in the mainstream of U.S. The main theme of this event was “Embracing the Next Generation of Korean Americans”.
Korean Government Clean Energy Forum was held at Crystal Peak at Grand Hyatt Hotel in Denver, Colorado. The purpose of the Forum was to introduce the Korean Government Clean Energy Policy, Future Direction, and Technology research; and to collaborate and exchange Clean Energy Technology among industry investors and scientist community in Colorado. The focus areas of Clean Energy are Solar, Wind, Biofuel and Tidal Power. The Consul General’s Office in SF invited Clean Energy Scientists and Korean Government Officials from Korea.
Colorado Korea Day was held on August 3rd, at the Infinity Park Event Center, in Glendale. About 1,000 people came to Korean Day. It was a great opportunity to show Korean culture.. The event held a Korean food trade show, Korean pop music (K-pop) contest/concert, and traditional performances. The main goal is to make Korean food and Korean culture more known to the world, and bring cultures together. K-pop has a great beat and is an excellent way to learn Korean. The highlight of the event was the U.S. and Korean K-pop contest/concert, where contestants sang or danced to win a chance to make an album in South Korea. The battle was fierce, but in the end Chloe Jeon, was the winner of the Grand Prize award.
She is a 17 year old girl from Colorado Springs. She was extremely surprised and happy to win such a big award. The KACFC hopes that twice as many people will come next year, to Colorado Korean Day.