Anthony Maala






Pop nostalgia from 2010s

What are your interests and hobbies?
I like watching anime, Netflix and TV shows, and problem-solving through games and puzzles.

How long have you been coming to Lift?
Back in 2022 I got an email from my school careers advisor suggesting Summerversity. I booked a course in Archery here and I became a regular just in summer 2023.

What do you do at Lift?
I do cooking with Sharon, go to the gym, take part in podcasting and games. In the summer, I did Introduction to Catering and helped feed all the other young people from the other courses as well as the staff in the building.

How has Lift helped you?
It acts like a relaxing space to chill, cool down and socialise. I have made new friends, and it has also made me more confident and improved my organisation skills.

What is the most important thing you have learnt at Lift?
Don't be afraid to meet new people and try out new things.

What is the most fun you have ever had?
Comedy moments in the outdoor kitchen with Sharon and Darrell. As well as cooking, there is music and dancing, which can be really fun. 

What would you say to a young person that has never been here before?
Lift is unique, it's harmonious. No matter what happens you feel supported, you don't feel isolated. There are no social barriers, being here makes you feel more recognised and valued.

What do you hope to be doing in three years’ time?
I hope to graduate with a graphic design degree. I would like to have a clearer path of what I want to do with my career. I want to make more connections and keep the ones I have made here.

How is Lift helping you get there?
After becoming a Lift ambassador, I help set up the games and social activities for youth sessions. I also help other young people especially if they are trying to get into particular fields. I can advise young people going through the same process that I have just been through to get into College or Uni. I will also be helping with outreach sessions in schools during the summer. The youth workers can also help make connections. For example, Chudi knew I was interested in Taekwondo and has now introduced me to a teacher.

Last updated: 4/3/2024 12:20PM