Jewish teens praise mentoring programme

British Ort is to expand its Jump mentoring programme for senior students at Jewish high schools following a successful inaugural year.

Fifty teenagers were assigned mentors with expertise in professions as wide-ranging as policing and law, midwifery and music production.

JFS pupil Julia Sidon, 16, received a £150 shopping voucher for the best diary of a mentoring experience - she was helped by dentist Suzanne Barnett.

Julia praised her "amazing" mentor. "Whenever I had questions she was there for me. She found work experience for me with a periodontist."

Hasomean Girls' School pupils were also involved in the scheme, incorporating sessions with a mentor, a workplace tour and advice on CV preparation.

Jump founder and director Julia Alberga said the project was more than a means of offering career insights.

"It is also seen as Jewish corporate social responsibility, a way for individuals to give back to the community by giving their time to Jewish students. I've had letters from parents saying how great it was and emails from happy students so there is obvious potential for this to grow." Jump's expansion is being aided by a £15,000 donation from the Childwick Trust.

Last updated: 11:04am, July 29 2010