Over 300 Year 12 students, parents, teachers and mentors gathered at JW3 last night for the ORT JUMP Mentoring Programme Graduation 2023.
The students from 14 schools and partner charity JW3 Gateways, were celebrating the completion of the Programme, having explored their chosen industry with a mentor – gaining vital employability skills, industry knowledge and confidence in their abilities along the way. Mentees also submitted a creative piece detailing their ORT JUMP experience and prizes were awarded for the most impressive entries:
- Nadav Gordon, JCoSS
- Dina Benouaich, Hasmonean High School for Girls
- Rivka Gabay, JFS
- Eliza Demaj, Parliament Hill School
Our guest speaker was former ORT JUMP mentee and JFS alumnus, Joe Woolf, who was interviewed by former Gogglebox star Amy Tapper. Joe is co-founder of confectionary company, Tasty Mates, which creates gourmet vegan sweets, with a planet-friendly promise. He shared his career journey with a captivated audience and offered advice and assurance for the future. He also announced that he has signed up to become an ORT JUMP mentor and we look forward to welcoming him back to the programme!
During the evening, we also heard from JFS student, Beth Anthony, who was mentored by Marina Simmons and shared how her positive experience of the programme has influenced her decision to study Law.
Long-standing mentor Daniel Solomons, founder of Byte Behaviour, then offered advice to mentors on getting the best out of their mentees and ensuring the process is rewarding.
Mia Lyons, ORT JUMP Mentoring Programme Manager said:
“We are extremely proud of our hard-working graduates and so thankful to their schools and our wonderful mentors who make the ORT JUMP Mentoring Programme the success that it is. Now in its 14th year, we’ve seen thousands of students grow in confidence, having gained vital workplace skills and explored suitable career paths with their mentors, in their chosen industry. We were delighted to have Amy Tapper interviewing former ORT JUMP mentee, Joe Woolf, at the Graduation and we hope that his ‘sweet’ success will inspire our graduates to aim high and pursue their ultimate career goals.”
It was a fabulous evening and we can’t wait to start the Programme all over again in September!
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