Jailynne Garcia, 10, loves BTS. They are a music group from South Korea. “I like how funny they are,” Jailynne told TIME for Kids. “I like that they’re good dancers and singers. And I like that they help people.”
BTS has seven members. They are J-Hope, Jimin, Jin, Jung Kook, RM, Suga, and V. Together, they sing, dance, and perform. Their songs are mostly in Korean. But they have become international superstars. Their videos have been viewed billions of times. Their albums have hit the top of the charts.
BTS perform live in New York City’s Times Square on New Year’s Eve 2019.
Fans like Jailynne are members of the BTS ARMY. BTS are glad their fans feel connected to them. “That was our goal, to create this empathy that people can relate to,” Suga said. He was interviewed by TIME in 2018.
BTS give back to others. They work with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on a big charity project. The group has raised more than $2 million for UNICEF. This money helps protect children and teens.
BTS appear with UNICEF’s Lilly Singh (center left) and Henrietta H. Fore.
Jailynne and her mom are inspired by BTS. They joined a BTS fan group called One in an ARMY (OIAA). It leads projects to help people in need. OIAA has raised money for many causes. Most people donate just a dollar. But it goes a long way to help others!
BTS member RM gives a speech at the United Nations, in New York, on September 24, 2018
Jailynne hopes the BTS ARMY will grow. She hopes it will continue to do good deeds, too. “The more people that are doing this, the more happiness it brings to others. And a bigger change there is in the world,” she says.
COURTESY GREEN NAMU PROJECT AND BTS FOR CHARITY
One way the BTS ARMY gives back is by planting trees. Some fans donate to One Tree Planted. This group plants trees around the world. The BTS ARMY has raised more than $28,000 for One Tree Planted. In Malaysia, the fan group BTS for Charity formed the Green Namu Project. The group met in November. They planted trees to celebrate the birthdays of three BTS members.