Meet Shanita Phillips

Name:

Shanita Phillips

Age:

16

Lives:

Higbury, Islington

Hobbies:

Football and fashion design

Music:

Afrobeats, bashment, reggae, RnB

Likes:

Hairdressing at college

How long have you been coming to Lift?

I first came about five years ago but properly committed about a year and a half ago and now I come three times a week.

What do you do?

Mainly youth sessions and I work out in the gym.

What is the most important thing you have learnt?

How to make new friends, be more confident and take every opportunity I can.

What is the most fun you have ever had?

A music bash – a competition between here and Platform where we did dances, and made a music playlist. Also the games nights.

What would you say to a young person that has never been here before?

It’s friendly heart-warming place. You can release any stresses and let anything out that is in your head.

Is there anything you wish you had known before you started coming here?

That there was a gym.

What do you hope to be doing in three years’ time?

I either like to have my own salon and design business bringing together make up, body art, clothing and hair. Or be a football coach and work with disabled children. I am torn in two directions.