Kroll Foundation support basis.point partnership with Teen-Turn
It was smiles all around as Teen-Turn ambassadors Kaye Marie Rabadon and Sarah Stefan paid a quick, socially distanced visit to Duff and Phelps Kroll, to thank Alan Keating and Anne O’Dwyer in person for their generous support of Teen-Turn.
Teen-Turn, founded by Joanne Dolan and Niamh Scullion in 2016, is the latest addition to the basis.point portfolio of educational partners and provides hands-on technology experience to teenage girls from disadvantaged and under-represented communities.
Alan Keating, Managing Director in Kroll Ireland commented,
We’re delighted to deepen our relationship with basis.point as a strategic partner. Supporting under-represented communities is important to us, and we’re thrilled to be able to contribute to the work of Teen-Turn as basis.point establish this new relationship.
basis.point have granted Teen-Turn funding of €50,000 which is being part-funded thanks to a generous donation of from longstanding Prestige Patron Kroll Charitable Foundation (formerly Duff & Phelps Charitable Foundation). The grant will enable Teen-Turn to grow and scale at pace and specifically to address the particular needs of some of the most vulnerable in society.
Both Kaye and Sarah exemplify all that is good about Teen-Turn. Originally from Dublin 1, Kaye participated in Teen-Turn after school and work experience activities while in secondary at DEIS Mt Carmel. She then went on to complete two years of Computer Science at NCI before changing to a UX Design course. She is now a Lead Mentor in Teen-Turn’s after school programming and a research assistant with TeenTurn.
Sarah is originally from Ballyfermot, and participated in the Teen-Turn pilot work experience programme whilst in secondary school at DEIS Kylemore College. She then went on to study and graduate from DCU in Law, during which time she leveraged Teen-Turn’s professional network to secure a regulatory law internship at CORU. She currently is a Lead Mentor in Teen-Turn’s programming, both providing Senior Cycle grinds and facilitating groundwork person centred planning.
There is a great sense of community for young people who have been introduced to Teen-Turn through the DEIS school system, during transition year. Both girls have been inspired by their early involvement which helped them to make informed third-level course choices. They have such a strong sense of belief, pride in their community, and gratitude, that they both continue to be involved and give back to those who are just starting on their journeys.
Already in their fifth year, over 1000 girls have participated in Teen-Turn activities with almost 80% of participants progressing to study STEM related subjects at third level. Kaye and Sarah are a credit to their families, schools and TeenTurn. With the support of Kroll Foundation, this partnership has the potential to be a game changer.