KOCEN is a chapter based in Koreatown/Central LA that was founded in 2016. As the chapter representing the largest community of Koreans inside the United States, we strive to empower the Korean youth to devote time and effort to resolve humanitarian issues. We have members with a wide variety of ages which allows to educate and develop the younger members into strong leaders. Some of our activities include park and beach cleanups, garage sales, and serving the homeless. We aspire to achieve even more than we did the year before.
KOCEN은 2016년에 설립된 LA 중심가/코리아타운에 기반을 둔 챕터입니다. 미국 내에서 가장 큰 한인사회를 대표하는 장으로서, 우리는 인도주의적 문제를 해결하기 위해 시간과 노력을 기울일 수 있도록 한국 청소년들에게 힘을 실어주기 위해 노력하고 있습니다. 다양한 연령대의 회원들이 있어 젊은 회원들을 교육하고 강력한 리더로 육성할 수 있습니다. 우리의 활동 중 일부는 공원과 해변 청소, 차고 판매, 노숙자들을 위해 봉사하는 것을 포함합니다. 우리는 작년보다 훨씬 더 많은 것을 성취하기를 열망합니다.
Hello, my name is Chloe Bang and I am the current president of Kocen, a LA district chapter which is centered in Koreatown. Throughout my past three years in Hwarang, I have grown to resonate with the goals of this organization – beautifying our environment and taking pride in our culture and community –, motivating me to become a leader and guide others along this path. Kocen, as a chapter, has participated in a variety of events ranging from park, street, and beach cleanups, to recycling, garage sales, and performances. In the past we have also written gratitude letters to our local firemen and doctors as well as held fundraising events by making hand-made jewelry. Through our monthly chapter meetings and events, we have been able to grow as a community and work together to support others.
During my 2022-2023 term, I hope to strengthen participation within our chapter and to encourage members to join in on this experience. By creating events that both interest our members and work to benefit and serve our community, I aspire to carry out the message that this organization holds. Thank you!