About The Tipping Point
The Tipping Point (TTP) was founded in 2016 by a young and dynamic team of professionals. It is an education and youth empowerment program that brings the world into the classroom through online live interactive speaker sessions and mentoring from a diverse range of high-skilled professionals around Greece and 40 countries globally.
The Tipping Point program is designed for youth aged 14-18, when they are making life decisions about their future career path. The Program aims to inspire and encourage children to broaden their horizons and career choices through access to career guidance and inspirational role models from working professionals in various fields. It promotes a culture of innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship.
Students have the opportunity identify subject areas and professions they wish to learn about, and mentors are matched on that basis.
With the use of technology, students conduct 20 – 30-minute live sessions with mentors around the world and discuss about different fields that they are interested in.
Teachers and mentors receive guidance from The Tipping Point prior to the on-line sessions.
THI Australia’s collaboration with The Tipping Point
During the 2020 – 2021 academic year in Greece, 395 schools across Greece participated in the Program and 11 of those schools were funded by THI Australia. In 2020, we welcomed for the first time 5 individual donors and Greek Australian Associations who selected a school to support.
THI Australia is proud that it was able to increase its support from 3 pilot schools in 2019, 11 schools in 2020 and 14 schools during the 2021 – 2022 academic year in Greece.
In just five years, The Tipping Point has gone from supporting 3 schools to 395 schools.
The 14 schools supported by THI Australia in 2021- 2022 saw 802 students participate in 148 live sessions with 123 mentors.
The main goal of the program is to provide students, from remote and disadvantaged areas with less local opportunities, high unemployment, school dropout and brain drain rates, the chance to broaden their horizons and expand their knowledge by interacting with role models (mentors) around the world.
“The most valuable thing the program provides is the optimism and the hope that all possibilities are open, something that teenagers need so much to continue their struggle.” Educator, Chios 4th Junior High School
The Program in 2020 – 2021 was supported by 310 new mentors, including five Australian professionals willing to share their knowledge and expertise and act as role models for students around Greece.
THI Australia’s financial supports assists with the participation costs for the schools, including streaming, recording and storage, software maintenance and technical support for eight academic months, as well as training for the teachers managing the program.