basis.point select TeenTurn as latest partner in educational portfolio

Teen Turn, founded by Joanne Dolan and Niamh Scullion in 2016, is the latest addition to the basis.point portfolio of educational partners and we are excited to start our journey together! Teen-Turn provides hands-on technology experience to teenage girls from disadvantaged and under-represented communities, inspiring them to see themselves in STEM-oriented careers and make more informed third-level course choices.

They prioritize working with DEIS and similar schools to identify and include participants with academic promise, often transition year students ages 15-16, who will benefit from the opportunity but are from traditionally underrepresented communities or from where third level education is uncommon.

Operating in 10 counties throughout Ireland, they run a number of after school activities and exam support, organise work placements and offer professional development programming and support for alumnae. Feedback from participants is overwhelmingly positive

“I finally feel like I’m being seen, just spending time with all these amazing people who really get me.”

Teen Turn are looking to further develop the support that they offer to some of the most vulnerable in society, particularly those in emergency accommodation, refuge and direct provision nationwide. And this is where we step in. basis.point have granted Teen Turn funding of €50,000. The grant will enable Teen Turn to grow and scale at pace and specifically to address the particular needs of these underserved communities.

Funding is initially being allocated for a one year period. Outcomes will be measured by Teen Turn, using an existing database and online platform which will allow measurement of the number of new participants from targeted areas and the number of additional special needs mentor volunteers.

The Teen Turn grant is being part-funded thanks to a generous donation from longstanding Prestige Patron Kroll Charitable Foundation(formerly Duff & Phelps Charitable Foundation) and will sit in a newly established development and learning hub enabling basis.point to work with innovative partners with early indications of successful impact.

Alan Keating, Managing Director in Kroll Ireland commented,

We’re delighted to deepen our relationship with basis.point as a strategic partner. Supporting underrepresented 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.

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. Teen Turn has the potential to be a game changer for so many teenage girls from marginalised and underserved communities.

We can’t wait to get started.

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