Y-WE Bloom: Nora

Meet Nora, a Y-WE Alum & Mentor. Nora describes Y-WE as “that force or energy there that will always catch you [if you fall].” We are so grateful for Nora’s long-lasting and impactful participation in our community!

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Q&A Format:

Q: What does Y-WE mean to you?
A: When I was an exchange student here, Y-WE took me in as a youth participant when I was 17. Since then Y-WE left an impact on me and when I came back I wanted to give back. I was very impressed with the community. Y-WE is amazing people that tells you it’s ok to fail, it’s ok to make mistakes. And it’s ok to dream big, and it’s ok to ask for the stars. And Y-WE will be there, support you, no matter what you choose and no matter what you go through. Y-WE is that force or energy there that will always catch you.

Q: How do you Bloom?
A: I Bloom by watching, showing people what the universe has got to give us and how we should be grateful and protect it dearly, and how mother nature is here to take care of us but we also have the obligation to take care of mother nature.

Q: What does liberation look like?
A: I think being a woman in this world can be…it’s hard. There’s a lot of expectations. And sometimes we just give into those expectations. I think liberation is realizing that doing that is ok because it depends on where you come from and depends like how you watched your sister or mom grow up and just go through stuff. Sometimes we just fall into that track and it’s ok. I think liberation is realizing that and then rising up from there. Demanding from the world your right, demanding from the world that you deserve things and you shouldn’t feel bad for asking that.

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