Everyone wants true happiness in life. Most people think
conditions must be met in order to be happy, but they
must first discover where happiness is derived from.
With IYF, you will encounter and learn about the world of the
heart. A strong mindset that is capable of overcoming any form of difficulty is created when one overcomes one’s limits. As you participate in IYF programs, before you realize it, your heart will become stronger and will enjoy lasting happiness.Also, you will be able to become a mentor who can pass on happiness to others.
In the future, the youth who have gained sound, bright hearts through IYF will lead the world. I believe that everywhere they venture, there will be a scent of happiness.
- Chairman of IYF, Moon Taek Park
Young people try to decorate their lives with style and
individuality; however, this cannot give true freedom or peace.
Today’s youth have long wandered from the values and social responsibilities needed to guide the next generation
—they are our hope and our future. IYF shares their worries and difficulties and supports their endeavors and passion.
IYF is a bright, vibrant festival for the youth of tomorrow.
There is sharing and volunteering in IYF, because its members can
sacrifice for others and are freed from their own small world. IYF is
a cradle of global leadership that nurtures strong hearts in all people
and lifts them up to discover their dreams.
Just as a star gleams through the darkness, the youth of IYF will become
bright stars that shine throughout the world.
- IYF Founder, Ock Soo Park
Thirteen years ago, I saw a photo exhibition while passing
Seoul Newspaper Hall. It was an exhibition of IYF students work in
Africa, South America, Asia, and various other countries. There were
several students there and when I asked them what the purpose of this
event was, they replied, “I used to be full of hatred, and could not
trust anyone, but I have changed now.” “I used to be afraid, could not
speak in front of people, and closed the door of my heart. I am not
that way anymore.” I saw how young people who had gone to
volunteer had changed.
I have been an educator for over 40 years, and so I strongly believe
that happiness can be achieved in this world simply by giving proper
education to the youth. After meeting with the youth of IYF,
I discovered that these youths were happy amidst a very complicated
I believe there is hope for this world because of you. If you continue
to live with this heart, hope will come upon this world and it shall
bring forth a world overflowing with love.
- Former Prime Minister, Su Seong Lee