At K.I.M., our Mission is to (1) provide Korean-Americans and Korean adoptees a better knowledge and understanding of Korea, her people and culture; (2) teach them Korean language on the belief that the bi-lingual training is necessary and desirable for their future; (3) develop and promote harmonious and cooperative personality and character among them so that they can better assimilated to the integrated American society; and (4) provide a resource as an information center for Korean-Americans, adoptees, their families and friends, business people, educators, and so on. The overall goals for this program will be simple and obtainable. Here is a brief outline of specific goals and the ways in which we will meet them.
- To build self esteem in Korean immigrants’ children and adopted youth.
- Supporting this group of peers to share in similar experiences
- Addressing these specific and unique experiences with a positive attitude.
- Framing these experiences in the overall development of healthy teens.
- Expressing their experiences through guided discussion, written journals and creative outlets.
- Analyzing the ways in which race has been a factor in their self concept.
- To teach basic skills in Korean and English language, culture and history.
- Understanding the role of language and cultural differences.
- Overview the historic and social evolution of Korea in relationship to the adoption experience.
- Speaking conversational Korean and English.
- Writing Hangul (the writing language form) for adopted youth and writing English for Korean immigrants’ children.
- Utilizing these skills to make contact with Koreans and Korean American to build their identity within these communities.
- To establish and sustain long term relationships with peers and instructors.
- Addressing the barriers that keep teens isolated from peers, families and their cultural background.
- Trusting each other.
- Sharing knowledge through cultural exchange of native Korean instructors and adopted Korean youth.
- Maintaining consistent contact over the twelve month period.