In both her professional and personal life, Maya is interested in supporting young people to get their voices heard and facilitating positive societal change, especially in relation to mental and physical health, access to health services and domestic violence support. After graduating from University of Sussex in 2015 in Anthropology and Spanish, Maya moved to Spain, working in a school and with an organization that supported women at risk of social exclusion. Since returning to London, Maya worked as a mentor and leadership coordinator at Clapton Girls Academy, where she honed her mediation, relationship building and youth work skills. She also facilitated PHSCE workshops and co-ran a project for students at risk of permanent exclusion. Since 2017, Maya has been volunteering at the National Domestic Violence Helpline on a weekly basis, and is a member of the Women’s Network at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which campaigns for better access and research into women’s health issues. Maya is also involved with Citizens UK and is currently supporting a youth led project that looks at the experiences of young people in Hackney, with a focus on violence and safety on the streets. In her spare time, Maya attends many dance classes including afrobeats and contemporary, and is learning Arabic.

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