Summer Interim Director at Empower House

Hello! My name is OOOOO and I was the in-house director of Empower House for the 2016 summer term. I am a Chicago native, and a student at the University of Chicago. In this introduction, I would like to go over how I became involved with ENoK and Empower House, my thoughts on plight of […]

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Empower House Refugee Participant Interview IX

I am a student currently living in Empower House. I left North Korea last year in January. During the journey, I learned from fellow North Korean defectors that we could go to a third advanced country besides South Korea. With this knowledge and hope, I chose America and applied for refugee status. I arrived in […]

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Message from Our Newest Bride

Hi! I am 000, and I first arrived here in the States two years ago. At first, I struggled very much because of the language barrier. A few months after arriving in the States, I was able to learn English at Empower House run by ENoK, and what I learned while I was there has […]

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Empower House Refugee Participant Interview VIII

Q. How did you decide to join Empower House? A. It’s been three years since I first arrived in the United States. However, I still cannot communicate in English. So when I learned of Empower House, I did not hesitate a moment to drop everything I was doing and move into Empower House. I first […]

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Message from Aimee (Alias)

I felt many things while I was studying in Empower House. One of them was that the fact I was born in North Korea was not a curse as it has often seemed, but at times it rather strengthened me and helped me realize who I really was–discover my identity. There are of course times […]

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Empower House Refugee Participant Interview VII

Questions and Answers with Ryan (Alias) Q1. What is your goal in participating in Empower House? I joined Empower House to prepare to take the GED and eventually prepare for college. Q2. What motivated you to participate in Empower House? I would like to start a new life in America. And one day, I would […]

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Introducing Our Summer Intern

I am JC, a rising senior at Williams College and a current intern at Empower House. As a concentrator of public health, I have a particularly fervent interest in education and health policies for the vulnerable groups of individuals, such as immigrants and refugees, in our society. Last summer, I had the privilege of working […]

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Empower House 1st Graduate!

Hello, I am Sylvia (Alias), and I joined the Empower House program in Chicago as a student on September 27th, 2014. For the past eight months, I have gained some of the most memorable experiences through Empower House. After arriving in the U.S. in March 2008, I had to try very hard to obtain a […]

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Empower House Refugee Participant Interview VI

Questions and Answers with Aimee (Alias)   Q1. What is your goal in participating in Empower House?   To improve my English.   Q2. What motivated you to participate in Empower House?   I was introduced to this program through wonderful people who encouraged me to study.   Q3. What are some of the career […]

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Empower House Refugee Participant Interview V

Questions and Answers with Ashley (Alias) Q1. What is your goal in participating in Empower House?   I would like to improve my English.   Q2. What motivated you to participate in Empower House?   It has been very difficult living while I am unable to communicate in any way, which led me to decide […]

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