Year round, Lift For Life Academy strives to provide our students with a learning environment that educates, empowers and uplifts their talents and abilities. As we move into the holiday season, I hope you will take time to think of a teacher, coach, or even bus driver at your alma mater who had a positive impact on your life.

Justin Malone and Mrs. Alicia Brand

Justin Malone and Mrs. Alicia Brand

Each year, our high school art teacher, Mrs. Brand, works with three students who act as her art interns. Each intern helps out around the classroom while also working on independent projects in the medium that speaks to them the most. LFLA junior, Justin Malone, has chosen to work on adding visual components to the music he creates using FL Studio and Garage Band. While Mrs. Brand only had minimal exposure to the software before Justin began working on the project, she has taken it upon herself to give advice on the visual side while she and Justin learn about the audio tools together.

“I basically just come in here and help out, and Mrs. Brand lets me explore new programs on the computer,” said Justin. “If I have a problem, she will work with me to solve the problem. We’re learning together, and it’s cool to be able to teach her some things after I’ve learned in other art classes.”

The experience of making music is a very personal area for Justin, and Mrs. Brand says she has been honored to be a part of his artistic process.

justin-and-brand-1“When I was going into my 9th grade year, I had to go into family support services, and it felt like my life was falling apart,” said Justin. “I felt so alone. I wasn’t able to see my parents at all. My work at school became my escape. I just put all of my focus on my work at school and tried not to focus on what was going on at home. That’s when I really started to get into making my music as an outlet for my emotions. My LFLA friends and my music were there for me through all the tough times, and now, I’m still working on building my skill set to go off and study computer science and audio engineering in college.”

We need your help to ensure our programs will not only educate, but also stimulate the minds of our unique student body at Lift For Life Academy. We hope you will consider a gift along with a note of inspiration to students like Justin as they continue their journey towards successful futures.

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