"I am from North Korea" Speech Contest

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Join us for our 20th North Korean Refugee English Speech Contest, “I am from North Korea.”

Twice per year, North Korean refugees who want to participate in the contest are matched with mentors who help them prepare and improve their speeches. Many participants in the “I am from North Korea” English Speech Contest also join our North Korean Refugee Keynote Speakers Network.

This event offers a unique glimpse into the lives of North Korean refugees through original speeches delivered by seven courageous individuals. Hear firsthand accounts of their experiences living in and fleeing North Korea, and gain valuable insight into their daily struggles and triumphs.

Date and Time

August 31st, 2024

Time: 10:00 AM

Venue

Shin & Kim Law Office

Presentations
Master of Ceremonies
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North Korean refugees will present original speeches in English, each up to 10 minutes long.

Master of Ceremonies
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Casey Lartigue Jr., co-founder of FSI.

Volunteer

North Korean refugees who participate in our “I am from North Korea” English Speech Contest prepare their speeches with the help of volunteer speech mentors.

We are actively recruiting volunteers for our 20th speech contest.

Interesting in volunteering? Click here to fill out our volunteer application form.

Consider sponsoring FSI’s speech contest

We depend on donations from donors who support our vision of creating learning opportunities in which North Korean refugees have the autonomy of choosing how they will learn. With the support of donors, we have been able to empower numerous North Korean refugees to achieve their goals in life.

Tuition-free mentorship for public speaking in English is at the core of our operations. 

Continued and increased support for our flagship events and core programs will help us:

Increase the impact of our biannual “I am from North Korea” Speech Contest by transforming it into an international event.

Add more speakers to our North Korean Refugee Keynote Speakers Network, reaching a goal of 50 publicly listed speakers.

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Become an Outreach Associate

We encourage anyone interested in our “I am from North Korea” English Speech Contest to show their support by becoming an Outreach Associate.

No donation is required and you don’t need to be a volunteer.

Outreach Associates raise awareness of our English Speech Contest using the title “Outreach Associate of FSI’s speech contest.”

Are you interested in having your name listed as an Outreach Associate? Click here to fill out our Outreach Associate application form.

Our Partners

Our Sponsors

FSI VIP Club

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Event Partners

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Platinum Patrons
$5,000+

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Gold Sponsors
$2,000–$4,999

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Silver Supporters
$1,000–$1,999

Myeong-hee (donation pledge)

Bronze Benefactors
$500–$999

Yumi (donation pledge)

Sapphire Supporters
$200–$499

Rebecca (donation)

Copper Contributions
$100–$199

Be the first to become a Copper Contributor!

About our Sponsorship Levels

FSI VIP Club: Members of the FSI VIP club can contact Casey directly to learn about their benefits.

Platinum Patrons: Donation/fundraising of $5,000 or more. Your name/organizational logo can be included on a sponsor banner and also on the main banner for the contest, all marketing materials, FSI Website, and post on social media. Platinum Patrons will be mentioned during the speech contest and Q&A session.

Gold Sponsors: Donation/fundraising of $2,000 – $4,999. Your name/organizational logo will be included on the sponsor or main banner (they will be accepted on the main banner until we run out of space), all marketing materials, FSI Website, and post on social media. Gold sponsors will be mentioned during the Q&A session or the speech contest.

Silver Supporters: Donation/fundraising of $1,000 – $1,999. Your name/organizational logo will be included in all materials, FSI Website, and post on social media.

Bronze Benefactors: Donation/fundraising of $500 – $999. Your name/organizational logo will be included on our website and selected materials related to the speech contest.

Sapphire Supporters: Donation/fundraising of $200 – $499. Your name/organizational logo will be included on our website and one document related to the speech contest.

Copper Contributors: Donation/fundraising $100 – $199. Your name/organizational logo will be included on our website.

If you have donated to our Harvard project (or via one of our fundraisers), please confirm that you would like your name listed.