Meet Jesiah McCook


Jesiah McCook




Holloway, North London


Basketball, music, cooking


RnB, hip hop and drill


Expressing myself through music

How long have you been coming to Lift?
Three years ago I bumped into a friend at Angel who said he was coming here and there was a gym that was only £1. I had to see this for myself. But as it turned out I never used the gym.

What do you do?
Creative Kitchen, youth sessions and music production - I found I could write a verse really quickly. I also worked with organisations that held focus groups here for young people. So I have been involved in group discussions around topics like young people and the police, stop and search, extremism, relationships and sexual health. Recently I have been taking on a leadership role helping plan events like our Saturday Summer Socials and the Go Islington Festival.

How has Lift helped you?
The youth workers have helped prepare me for getting into university and I have just been accepted to Coventry to study Sports Science and Exercise Psychology. Lift has always been open to me even when it's not meant to be a youth session. There is always someone here to help if you need it. And, if they can’t help me themselves they will know the right person who can.

What is the most important thing you have learnt?
It’s a safe environment here and it has made a big difference to my interpersonal skills. Learning to speak to people, all different types of people. And focusing on my craft of music production. Coming to Lift has helped me learn how to effectively be able to work as part of a team, a team which I really enjoyed working with.

What is the most fun you have ever had?
It’s taking part in the shows. The journey of starting off in the studio, working something up, rehearsing and ending up performing live on stage in front of an audience. Presenting has also been a big part of the showcases for me as I love being infront of a crowd and having all eyes on me.

What would you say to a young person that has never been here before?
I would show them the video I helped make about Lift. And say come here and be part of a family. You can make a lot of really good friends. There are no postcode issues here. There are people from all over and other boroughs too. It doesn’t matter where you are from - everyone's welcome to come down and use the vast range of facilities.

Is there anything you wish you had known before you started coming here?
I wish I had known about it earlier. It would have been better to have been coming here for longer. Also during my time at Lift I have never been told no - there's always been an alternative route I can take, I also realised that my voice matters and how loud and vocal it can actually be.

What do you hope to be doing in three years’ time?
I would have my degree and start working in the sports field. My ideal job would to be a physiotherapist with Formula One so I can travel the world and work at the same time.




Making the video 'Inside Lift'

Last updated: 18/10/2018 01:51PM