Noura spent most of her childhood bouncing back and forth between Kuwait and The US with her American mother, Kuwaiti father, and her brothers. Her mother and younger brothers settled in Beaverton, Oregon when she was 14 years old.
Noura attended from an arts-centered high school where she studied vocal music and creative writing. She spent her first year of college at Portland State University before earning a full academic scholarship through the Kuwaiti Embassy’s Culture Division and transferring to DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. She graduated with a B.A. in Peace, Social Justice, and Conflict Resolution.
During her time in Chicago, she volunteered and interned with several local non-profit organizations including the Inside Out Prison Exchange at DePaul University, A Just Harvest, and Umoja Student Development Organization. Through this work, she discovered a passion for helping others.
When she moved back to the Portland area, Noura began working as a residential counselor in a community preparation program. She discovered through her work with mentally-ill youth that she had been suffering from depression symptoms for several years, and was able to get the diagnosis and therapy she needed to cope with and thrive beyond her illness.
Noura is now thrilled to be working with Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon at the Clackamas Drop. In her spare time, she likes to play her various instruments, sing (mostly in her car), attend concerts, walk the local trails, and try new foods and cuisines from all over the world.