The Tipping Point
The Tipping Point is an innovative education and youth empowerment program that connects students from remote and disadvantaged schools across Greece with mentors from around the world.
The program brings the world into the classroom through online live interactive sessions with a diverse range of high-skilled professionals throughout Greece and 40 countries globally – from food producers on a nearby island to a NASA engineer in Florida.
The Tipping Point targets public schools in small, isolated regional towns in areas with high unemployment, high school dropout rates and brain drain due to lack of local opportunities.
The Hellenic Initiative Australia supported three regional schools to participate the program in the 2019-20 academic year – Krinides High School in Kavala, Northeastern Greece, Fourfouras High School in Crete and Vardas High School, in Western Peloponnese.
Founded in 2016, The Tipping Point program inspires and encourages students to broaden their horizons and career choices and promotes a culture of innovation, collaboration and entrepreneurship.
More than 8000 students at 295 high schools in Greece took part in program in 2019-20 school year, supported by more than 200 mentors worldwide.
At the THI-supported Krinides High School, the program has helped students gain a better understanding of career options and influenced their choices for further studies, according to computer science teacher Yiannis Savvidis. The school held 12 interactive sessions over the year with a range of mentors, from architects and IT professionals to pilots and personal trainers.
Read more about the school’s experience here.
Become a Mentor
Australian professionals from all fields are encouraged to join the dynamic global Tipping Point mentor community and share their knowledge and experience with high school students around Greece.
Tipping point welcomes mentors from all fields of expertise, particularly people with experience in entrepreneurship, economics and business, medicine, law and agriculture.
Mentors can participate in the program through:
- 100-second video answers provided via a mobile app at their own convenience, from any time zone and/or
- scheduled 20-30min live video sessions in the classroom.