Anna Maria Mora is a Trained Teacher, Guidance Officer and Counselling Psychologist. She received her psychological counselling training at Columbia University in New York City, where she obtained an M.A., and M. Ed. On her return to Trinidad, she resigned from the Government Service, after seeing the need for adolescents to have a space where they can feel free to express their fears, hopes and dreams. Many adolescents at the time had as much as seven hours a day unsupervised. She knew that without supervision, and help to make constructive use of their free time, a successful future for adolescents will be compromised. She founded Mariama Children's Museum & Teen Turf: The Counselling and Activity Centre for Children and Adolescents in 1990, and young people learned to dream.
Anna Maria received a fellowship from the Dutch Government to study "Development, Law and Social Justice: A Human Rights Perspective" at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, the Netherlands. She is a member of the International Association of Counselling IAC), and in 2004 presented at the Association's Conference in Runaway Bay, Jamaica. Her paper was on "The State of Guidance and Counselling in Trinidad and Tobago." Again in 2012, she was the recipient of The Hans Z. Hoxter Fellowship from the IAC to present a paper on "Counselling to Advocate for the Human Rights of Children and Adolescents" in Manila, The Philippines.
Anna Maria was nudged into the political arena, where she spent four years, from 2010 to 2014, and was appointed a Deputy Political Leader. However, her life's mission continued to call her. She is the author of two books: "Parents are you listening? and "Children are you listening?-Life is a Balancing Act." She has been President of the Trinidad and Tobago Association of Psychologists on two occasions, the recent being the 2014-2015 term. She is now Immediate Past President. Anna Maria continues her work with adolescents against all possible odds. She believes that all youth are at risk, whether they are squatting, or living in a mansion. She wishes that the phrase "Youth at Risk" be struck from all dialogue when discussing our youth in Trinidad and Tobago, because it is a label that stereotypes youth who do not come from "privileged" backgrounds.