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Hyundai Motor helps teens from multi-cultural families

Posted June. 14, 2013 06:26,   


Hyundai Motor Group and the Gender Equality and Family Ministry will help the youth from multi-cultural families grow to be well-rounded individuals. Hyundai Motor announced Thursday that the group signed an agreement to help provide emotional an d psychological support for young people from multi-cultural families at a ceremony attended by Hyundai Motor President Chung Jin-haeng and Gender Equality and Family Minister Cho Yun-seon.

The group named a counseling and psychotherapy program for the youth “Datalk Datalk,” meaning that teens from multi-cultural families who have trouble social adaptation or academic pursuit can talk about their problems over a cup of tea.

Youths from multi-cultural families aged 14 through 19 can apply for the program. Hyundai Motor Group will provide customized psychotherapy and treatment for such young people who suffer from academic retardation, jobs and identity crises. The motor group has contributed 300 million won (264,900 U.S dollars), which was funded to help neighbors, to this program.

The group opened the first “Da talk counseling cafe” Wednesday at Foundation for the Youth from Migrant Families and is planning to open three more cafes in Gyeonggi, Incheon and Busan. Young people will be able to rest and get counseling from specialized counselors over a cup of tea at the cafe. The cafe in Seoul will provide vocational training by letting teens operate the cafe so that they can get first-hand experience in the field while making some money.

The cafe will also provide a long-term in-depth counseling for young people and provide psychotherapy with specialized hospitals for teens who need psychological treatment.

President Chung at Hyundai Motor said, “Teens from multi-cultural families experience psychological problems, such as identity crisis and adaptation problems, and the number is growing. We hope that this program will help young people with multi-cultural background not be intimidated but grow to be leaders of Korea.”