Lila Nordstrom

  • Witness
  • Captioned

Student on 9/11 at Stuyvesant High School, located next to the World Trade Center, who founded StuyHealth, and advocacy group for young adults impacted by 9/11 and its aftermath

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This story was filmed as part of our Anniversary in the Schools program, which introduces students to first-person accounts of the 9/11 attacks. Participate in this year’s free program by completing this registration form

Teaching Guides

Find tailored questions below for teaching this story.

As you listen to Lila’s story, think about the following questions:

  • Where was Lila on the morning of 9/11 and what did she do after seeing what was happening at the World Trade Center?
  • How did Lila describe feeling in the weeks and months after the attacks?
  • After 9/11, Lila created an organization called StuyHealth which helps and supports 9/11 survivors and first responders in her community. What are some ways you can give help and support to people in your own community?

As you listen to Lila’s story, think about the following questions:

  • Describe Lila’s morning on 9/11. What was her reaction to seeing what was happening at the World Trade Center? How did she evacuate?
  • Why were parents and students at Stuyvesant High School concerned about going back to school after 9/11?
  • Lila mentioned that “the events of that day really were a breaking point between childhood and adulthood.” What were some of the struggles Lila dealt with in the years after 9/11?
  • What did Lila do in the years after the attacks in response to her experience as a student on 9/11? How does her story demonstrate that 9/11 still impacts the world today?

As you listen to Lila’s story, consider the following questions:

  • Describe Lila’s evacuation from lower Manhattan and the challenges she faced.
  • How did Lila’s experience as a student on 9/11 affect her as she entered adulthood?
  • Describe the initiatives that Lila launched after 9/11 and the impact they had on her and her peers. How do these initiatives underscore the ongoing repercussions of 9/11?
  • In what ways can younger generations continue to support and advocate for those impacted by 9/11 and issues facing the world today?

Additional Resources

To learn more about the ongoing 9/11 related health effects, visit Inside the Collection. To hear more survivor stories, visit our Webinar Stories archive.