Tayah first engaged on our programme in 2014 at the age of 14 having attended an all-female boxing session and falling in love with the sport. Initially she started the session to make new friends and build her own fitness, but in addition to this, the session enabled her to focus negative emotions into something more productive.
Having enjoyed participating in the sessions, Tayah decided to volunteer and help other young people within her community. With a new gained confidence and positive relationships with staff and other volunteers, Tayah became the lead of our Hampshire Youth Action Board which helps to reduce and prevent issues in the community. During her leadership, the group made 3 commendable films looking at issues such as, unhealthy relationships, ASBOs Anonymous and child sexual exploitation, all of which received recognition from the Mayor of Havant.
As a reward for her hard-work, ACN invited Tayah to the BAR headquarters where she met Sir Ben Ainslie and completed a meet and greet with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Americas Cup.
With over 100 hours volunteering under her belt, she completed accredited qualifications through ACN which has allowed her to progress into a paid role as a sessional worker. A real role model in the community, Tayah now coaches young people and helps to motivate and educate them on making more positive life choices.
“My experience through volunteering and as well as paid work has been one of the best in my life. I was a 14 year old who wanted to rebel and do nothing with my life before I started volunteering at ACN. Now I am 20 years old and attending the University of Portsmouth studying Social Work.”