Mentee News!

Sadie is thrilled her former mentee Christopher Tahaney (once part of the violent Valley Gang in Glasgow and a persistent young offender) has completed his first year at Edinburgh University reading Spanish! Chris decided he wanted to study Spanish after visiting Venezuela and being inspired by the work of  Venezuela’s acclaimed gang rehabilitation program Proyecto Alcatraz. He intends to return to Caracas to work with the program full time upon graduating.

Sadie is equally proud of Chris’s Sailing Miss Sadie shipmates Sam Todd & Geoffrey Nga’nga. Sam works full time as a professional sailing instructor and for a disabled sailing charity in Southampton & Geoffrey is training to be an actor with the National Youth Theatre. Geoffrey has also been developing TV projects with Patient Zero Productions and ITV Fixers. He works part-time in a vintage clothing store & studies creative writing as a student at Brunel University, London (UCL). Despite his busy schedule, Geoffrey still manages to have more proverbial fingers in pies than Jamie Oliver at Christmas! Geoffrey was recently made an Ambassador for homeless charity Cardboard Citizens.

Daniel Doran is to present a documentary for ITV Fixers drawing attention to the challenges faced by 16-year old Care-leavers. Dan, who grew up in Care himself, was Sadie’s very first mentee during her years mentoring at HMPYOI Feltham & Sadie could not be prouder of him. In his first year since leaving prison he has worked hard. He was promoted to management in his full-time job, realized his TV dreams & moved into his first proper home in Brighton with his girlfriend & their baby, Lily. Dan has just been appointed by The Prince’s Trust as a mentor at Lewes Prison. He begins training in Jan.

Luke Tucker has recently returned from working as a trainee horse whisperer with Susannah Armstrong in Spain. He now owns his own horse and is planning to do a charity horse ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End in Cornwall! In May 2012, Luke will ride over 2800KM across France to London for the second time to raise money for disabled charities through SLL. Luke is a Young Ambassador for The Prince’s Trust.

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