Youth mentoring charity Breakthrough Dundee is celebrating its first year of supporting young people by rolling out at four new secondary schools.
The scheme matches volunteer mentors with young people needing support, who they meet with for an hour a week for anywhere between one and two years. The organisation has already supported more than 80 “care experienced” and vulnerable young people at Morgan Academy and St Paul’s RC High School.
One year on from its inception, it is now extending the reach of its partnership to Baldragon Academy, Craigie High School, Harris Academy and St John’s RC High School. The organisation has “loved” what it has been able to achieve in the first 12 months, according to Jenny Paterson, CEO of Breakthrough.
She said: “Young people are at the heart of our charity and we’ve learned so much from them over the last year, but we are always thinking about what we can do better and are looking forward to the year ahead. It’s so exciting for Breakthrough to be working in six Dundee secondary schools as we now have the potential to help change more young lives.”
Stewart Hunter, children and family services convener at Dundee City Council, said: “The energy, talent and enthusiasm of people in the city to help deliver life-changing opportunities for young people has been incredible.
“I am extremely proud of the commitment and effort that has taken Breakthrough to this stage.”
Charity bosses are also aiming to launch in Dundee’s remaining high schools, Braeview Academy and Grove Academy, in early 2019. They are on the lookout for new mentors, as well as team members who can coordinate mentors across each of the schools taking part.
Anyone can be a mentor, subject to training and an assessment. For more information visit breakthroughdundee.co.uk/mentor.