Engaged in various social contribution activities at non-profit institutes such as UNICEF and the United Nations Volunteers Korea
Goal to become a ‘mentor who shares with adolescents’ by gaining more experience while volunteering
The ‘Excellent Korean Award’ that is co-hosted by the Ministry of Education and the Korea Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Creativity finds and awards outstanding young Koreans who will lead Korea, and it is a talent selection program that began in 2008 to support them to grow into the main pillars of the nation in the future.
Mr. Han received good evaluations for his various social contribution activities such as volunteering at non-profit institutes and charity drives for social welfare funds. He was recognized for his ongoing contributions in activities to help children not only in Korea, but around the world by participating in the UNICEF Daegu College Volunteer Corps and UN Volunteers Korea social media promotion team. He was selected as an outstanding participant by both of these groups and was awarded by both.
This year, he served as the PR team leader at an organization called ‘Corona Helper’ when COVID-19 first started spreading earlier this year. He participated in funding projects pursued by this organization and delivered the earnings to local families in need. Mr. Han plans to take part of the reward from receiving the Excellent Korean Award and donate it to a local scholarship organization.
He said that he volunteered continuously with his family since he was in elementary school and vowed to ‘become a person who can love neighbors who are in more need than me’ and said, “I think that a warm person makes the world brighter. I had personal hardships back in secondary school, too. I wanted to share my experience of overcoming my difficulties by participating in various volunteer activities with youths. I want to become a mentor that helps youths grow healthily.” He also added, “I plan to earn a youth instructor certificate and integrate my major in statistics and gain expertise in relevant fields such as utilizing it for systematic mentoring.”
Meanwhile, the ‘2020 Excellent Korean Awards’ are held through document reviews including self-introductions, and then interviews to pick 50 high school and 50 college students for a total of 100 students around the nation, who are given the Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Education Award. The awards ceremony was held online on the Ministry of Education’s YouTube channel on December 30.