In the Know: Unlock your child’s full potential!

In the Know: Unlock your child’s full potential!

In The Know Parents What's new?

With the Spring term around the corner, we thought it would be great to share a few opportunities that will help you to help your child unlock their full potential and achieve their aspirations. This week’s line up will help your child reach new heights and discover potential within themselves that they may not have yet realised. Read on to find out more.

Don’t miss the Bright Ambitions application deadline!

If your child is looking at improving their grades and gaining leadership skills then the Bright Ambitions Programme will help them achieve these goals. This 12-week programme offers tutoring, mentoring, and online personal development courses for young people between the ages of 13-16. Spaces on the programme are limited and applications close on Saturday 24th April, so be sure to register your interest as soon as possible.

Achieve your dreams!
Brandon Hakim has a free mini course for parents and young people of all ages that will teach them how to achieve their dreams and unlock their potential. In this course they will learn specific strategies from the world’s smartest people, learn to define their purpose and goals, and how to make achieving goals a way of life. To register for this course click here

Join the Microsoft Council for Digital Good Europe
Microsoft is inviting young people between the ages of 14-16 to join its Council for Digital Good – Europe. This is an 18-month engagement program for young people from European countries. Young people will have an opportunity to meet with and hear from Microsoft, as well as online safety partner organizations, and offer their insights to the company and others. Applications close Monday 7 May 2021 and your child can apply here.

Friends of GT Scholars – Thank you for your help this term! 💌

Friends of GT Scholars – Thank you for your help this term! 💌

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

How are you? I hope you’ve had a good week so far? It’s definitely been an interesting week with the ease of lockdown restrictions & the unexpected snowfall at the start of the week! But nonetheless, Summer is still on its way! For now, I’m really looking forward to the new term starting on the 26th of April and getting to work with so many talented young people and volunteers again.

Here’s to another great term!
As the term comes to an end, I’d like to send out a huge thank you to everyone who volunteered their time to tutor or mentor a young person! You guys rock! With the help of our esteemed volunteers, we delivered over 330 hours of tutoring and mentoring support to young people on the programme! At the moment we’re in the process of gathering feedback from parents, scholars and volunteers, and we’ll be able to share this with you soon! Thanks once again for all your help this term!

Please help to share our programme!
From our experience working with young people, we learned that a multi-strategy approach of tutoring, mentoring and personal development can help young people achieve their goals beyond academic attainment. The Bright Ambitions programme combines all 3 of these elements, and applications for this programme are open until 24th April. There are also scholarships available. If you know of a parent or young person aged 11-16 that would be interested in this programme, please share this link with them.

A blog to inspire new & experienced volunteer tutors!
The new term will start in just a couple of weeks, and there’s still time to sign up as a volunteer tutor, hit reply if you’re keen. If you’re a volunteer tutor getting ready for the new term, or a new tutor planning to start your very first session soon, we’ve got a blog for you! In this blog, we share some great tips on how you can get started with your sessions and how you can build strong and impactful relationships with your tutee and their parents! Head over to our blog page to have a look at this blog for tutors!

Have a wonderful week!

Marilyn van Heerden

In the Know: Aim High, Develop and Succeed!

In the Know: Aim High, Develop and Succeed!

In The Know Parents What's new?

With only one week left before the new term begins, we hope you’re making the best of what’s left of the half term. Looking ahead to the new term, we’ve listed three opportunities that will help your child build skills they need to end the academic year with a positive impact. Read on to find out more about some great opportunities for you and your child.

Join our free webinar for parents!
On Thursday 15th April, GT Scholars is hosting a free webinar for parents where education expert Temi Kamson will be sharing key strategies you can use to help your child cultivate a growth mindset and achieve their aspirations. You’ll also get a chance to learn more about what a growth mindset is and why it’s considered to be the number one tool for success. To sign-up for the free webinar click here.

Applications for Bright Ambitions Programme are closing soon!
This leading 12-week programme offers tutoring, mentoring, and online personal development courses for young people between the ages of 13-16. If your child is looking to improve their grades and gain leadership skills then this programme will be perfect for them. Spaces on the programme are limited and applications close on Saturday 24th April, so be sure to register your interest as soon as possible.

Aim A little Higher!
Entrepreneur and motivational speaker Kamal Hyman hosts a podcast for ambitious young people. The podcast includes interviews with inspirational individuals to find out what makes them tick and how your child can use these strategies to succeed. The podcast takes place every Monday and Wednesday, and your child will also have the opportunity to send their questions to the experts. To join the podcast click here.

Explore Critical Thinking Skills with Coding!
We also wanted to include the updated link for last week’s Cause4Children online workshop again. This free online workshop will be held for young people aged 11-16. At the end of the workshop, your child will be able to write coding stories and develop them into games as well as receive a certificate of completion. The workshop will take place on Saturday 17 April 2021 and you can book your place here.

Friends of GT Scholars – Curious about upcoming volunteering opportunities?

Friends of GT Scholars – Curious about upcoming volunteering opportunities?

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

Happy long weekend!! I love a bank holiday and a short working week! Mix in some easter eggs with that, and you have the ideal combination! Have you made any special plans for the Easter weekend? Before we switch over to holiday mode, have a look at this week’s newsletter!

Become a mentor and inspire future leaders!
The Inspiring Future Leaders programme helps boys in years 8 & 9 to develop their leadership skills. We’re looking for more mentors to volunteer on this programme, which will run from April through to July. As a mentor, you will work with your mentee to build their confidence & self-belief. If you’re interested and available to mentor a young person for 2 hours a month, please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you!

Follow us on our social networks!
If you like your updates on the move, why not connect with us on social media? We’re always busy tweeting, posting, and sharing new information on exciting upcoming events, spotlight interviews, and news regarding education & young people. You will find us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. If you’d like to get connected with us on your favourite platform, check out the links below.

Heads up! We’re closed for Easter
And lastly, our offices will be closed during the Easter holidays. So, we’ll be out of the office from Friday 2nd April till Monday 5th April. We’ll be back all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed on Tuesday, perhaps a few pounds heavier from all the easter eggs, but we’ll be back nonetheless!

I hope you have a happy bank holiday weekend!

Marilyn van Heerden

In the Know: Techniques to help your child become a resourceful problem solver

In the Know: Techniques to help your child become a resourceful problem solver

In The Know Parents

Every parent would like to equip their child with the skills to face any type of situation. In this week’s newsletter, we found three opportunities that will help your child focus on their creativity, self-awareness, and critical thinking which will lay a strong foundation for resourcefulness and problem-solving. Read on to find out more.

Bright Ambitions Programme – Applications are now open!
This programme is designed to support young people between the ages of 13-16 that would like to get excellent grades at school, improve their leadership skills, and get into top-tier universities or apprenticeships. This programme will give your child access to 1-to-1 online tutoring and mentoring sessions, and access to great personal development courses! Applications close in the next few days, so be sure to get your application in soon.

Step into the world of self-discovery and success!
Selfish for Success is a not-to-be-missed podcast by Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Steve Orma. During the podcast, he talks about why resourcefulness is crucial to be successful in life and what happens when you are not resourceful. This podcast will help your child become more proactive in taking measurable steps towards achieving their goals. The podcast is open to young people and their parents and you can stream or download it by clicking here.

Learn how to creatively solve problems.
Future Learn has an exciting free online course called, Using Creative Problem Solving, for young people aged 12-18. The course teaches young people how creativity can help to solve problems. Your child is encouraged to have fun with discussions and assignments included in this course. The duration of the course is four weeks, and they can start at any time and learn at their own pace. To register for the course click here.

How to Help your Mentee Develop a growth mindset

How to Help your Mentee Develop a growth mindset

Growth mindset Online volunteering What's new?

In a fast-changing world, handling challenges with the right mindset is paramount! We may feel that we have equipped ourselves with all we need to control what life may throw at us. But what about your mentee? Young people may have never accurately learned how to develop the right attitude to help them navigate through school and beyond. So how can you help your mentee develop a growth mindset, and why is this important? A young person can benefit from developing a growth mindset as much as you or I can, if not more! Especially now because of the recent difficulties that young people are facing regarding school work and lockdown. These added pressures have left young people feeling frustrated, and they are looking to you as a mentor to help them get into the right mindset. Now is the opportune time to show your mentee how developing a growth mindset will benefit them now and in any future endeavours. Before we take an in-depth look at how to help your mentee develop a growth mindset, have a look at this article

Let’s recap Fixed mindset vs. Growth mindset
A growth mindset is the understanding that personal qualities and abilities can change utilizing an input-output mechanism. If we put in the effort to develop our intelligence, we will likely see good results. Our formal schooling built our knowledge and understanding, but the learning process did not stop there. Developing a growth mindset is a never-ending process of learning-implementing-repeat. It is the belief that we can continue to develop our intelligence and abilities beyond our formal years and into our working careers. A fixed mindset is an idea that our intelligence and abilities are fixed at one point and can’t develop or grow. If we hesitate to accept that a growth mindset exists and need development, we jeopardize our ability to change the more important things in life. This means that when we face changing circumstances or a challenge, we tell ourselves: I can’t do this! In reality, we are closing ourselves to the ability to develop and empower ourselves. We should be asking ourselves: what can I do to make this happen? Once a growth mindset starts to advance within us, we can now use it to empower, motivate and change others. A growth mindset is a valuable tool that your mentee needs to develop for success! Your mentoring sessions are a good opportunity for you to instill these concepts. During your sessions, you can focus on specific problems that a mentee has and show them how to apply a growth mindset to each situation. 

Start with yourself
Your mindset will strongly influence your quality of life! It’s a crucial element to living with the right mental attitude to be happy and gain a sense of fulfillment in all that you do. To acquire the growth mindset for yourself, focus on strategies that will help shift your mind toward the belief system that anything can be accomplished, helping you reach your full potential. Apply the same approach that you have encouraged your mentee to follow. That may require a good honest look at your mindset. As you come face to face with your weaknesses, you will find ways to acknowledge and embrace your imperfections. Turn those into learning opportunities. As we all are different, you may need to explore various strategies to find the one that works for you. Do your research. If you share your progress and ideas with others, you will be welcoming the opportunity for growth. Take time to reflect on the positive changes that you have made in your mindset and build your confidence in the process of change. As you notice the changes taking effect, set new achievable goals. Never stop growing! Realise that your goals need to be realistic. You are not going to master the process in one go. Now that you are developing a growth mindset, own it! It’ll help you become a great mentor as you look for ways to help others improve. Your mentoring sessions will become more about really helping your mentee grow and develop. You are now ready to impart that growth mindset to your mentee.

Introducing a growth mindset to your mentee
It is vital to introduce the idea of a growth mindset to your mentee because if they can understand it, they can easily learn how to apply it. It may seem like this is a concept that young people may not necessarily understand. Rather, explaining the theory to them and helping them understand the science behind a mindset, will help them approach every challenge with a growth mindset. You may even want to sit down and discuss some of the research with them so that they can understand the process. You may find that they are fascinated to learn more about the science behind all this and what we have learned about the human brain’s potential. Once you have helped your mentee understand how amazing our brains are programmed, connect the science to specific behaviour patterns that help them learn. Perhaps you can now ask them: ‘how will thinking like this help you work through a challenge? How can you use the growth mindset to complete your homework or prepare yourself for exams?’ Helping the mentee understand a growth mindset is a great way to counteract some of the negative self-talk and focus on positive ‘I can’ outcomes. Don’t feel frustrated if they don’t get this process right on the first attempt. Having realistic expectations from the outset will prevent you from feeling disappointed. Some mentees may grasp the concept quicker than others. Here are some great ideas that can help you conduct effective mentoring sessions. 

Your mentee already has a mindset
A mentee needs to see that they are already displaying a mindset, either fixed or growth, in their reactions to certain situations. Specific examples will help them feel good about what they are doing to develop and highlight areas where they may need improvement. Perhaps your mentee has a role model, such as a teacher or coach, that they look up to. Being interested in others’ work shows a growth mindset as they are aspiring to be like someone instead of being jealous of their accomplishments. Or if they have perhaps done poorly in an exam and feel like a failure, this would be displaying a fixed mindset. They are closing off their minds to the idea that with a little more effort, they can get better marks. Next would be to show them how mindset affects the effort they put in. An effort is needed to do well with school work, sport, or hobbies. A mindset affects not only the output but also what effort they put in. Any effort put in to do better or show greater interest would be displaying a growth mindset. Not showing an interest in hobbies, not doing homework, and not preparing for exams displays a fixed mindset. A young person may have an ideal career in mind. They realise that while in school they can’t achieve that goal just yet. But, through diligent study and the correct choice of subjects, they are reaching out for that goal. Having a fixed mindset, they would believe that there is nothing they can do to influence their future. Setting time aside to have the mentoring session would be a positive way for a mentee to see that they are developing a growth mindset.

When challenges come along
New challenges will arise for your mentee that they may not know how to handle. Discuss various approaches that they can take to apply a growth mindset to each challenge. From the outset, show your mentee that challenges are healthy. Even if that challenge distorts the way they see themselves, there is always a silver lining to each problem they overcome. For example, if their exam results are poor, they could think: “I thought I was smart; I am not.” Here you can help your mentee see that perhaps this is not his strength. Show them how to approach the exam, test, or group work from a different perspective. Let them understand that this is not a weakness, but just an aspect that needs a little more work. Understanding that a growth mindset values effort will help them receive setbacks with grace and turn stress and thoughts of giving in; toward positive endeavours and achievement. Continual praise for their persistence at a challenge is necessary. If one way of doing something didn’t work, try a different way. And if that didn’t work, keep repeating the process till it becomes a natural process for your mentee. A growth mindset shows them that challenges should be transformed into opportunities, instead of rigidly becoming stuck in the thought rut of ‘I am a failure.’ Give them practical steps that can help them. For example, help them set out a detailed plan of how to overcome the problem. If the problem is facing a challenging exam, they would need a detailed study schedule. Write these down as a detailed plan that shows times, topic, and the goal for that period of study. Accepting this as a temporary challenge will help them let go of stress, anxiety, and fear. 

It’s harder for some
Not everybody embraces change quite the same way. Our thoughts and actions may have gotten stuck in a little bit of a fixed mindset over time without us even knowing. Our backgrounds, work environments, and other external factors play a big part in how we perceive ourselves and the future. Not everyone can look at life through rose coloured glasses. Some also struggle with negative thoughts or perhaps take criticism harshly. We all then face an environment where developing a growth mindset can be difficult. But remember, negative ideas and how we perceive the world around us are just mindsets! With some effort, a fixed mindset can be changed into a growth mindset. We all can adopt the attitude that we choose! We must start somewhere, right? Knowing that a change is possible at any stage is a good start. We can now outline the goals that are going to get us there. Granted, we are not going to get everything right the first time, but practice makes perfect. Don’t get upset or feel like a failure if you don’t win the fight against a fixed mindset the first time. There is no harm in trying and failing! That is part of the development process. Thomas Edison even understood that failure was part of the process when he said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”. So ask yourself: “What can I change? How can I change it?” Then begin to write down the steps you need to take. Follow them closely and review them often. Gradually this process will become easier as you see the change in your mindset. To conclude, there are real-world implications where having a growth mindset approach is advantageous, whether you are the mentor or the mentee. The key is to focus on changing one small thing in a mindset, this habit of mindset change will then cascade into other areas of life. If you want to live more productively and purposefully, re-examine your own and your mentee’s mindset to see if it’s serving its purpose well!

Developing a growth mindset in your mentee is crucial now! It is not a complicated process but easy to accomplish if you take one step at a time. Start with yourself and see how effective change can be. Then show your mentee how they can begin changing their mindset. Use practical examples of challenges that they are facing now as an opportunity to teach how to apply a growth mindset. Remember that it will be harder for some. With effort, anyone can change their fixed mindset to a growth mindset. By volunteering with GT Scholars, you will be part of a team of like-minded people wanting to see change! Volunteer with us and help us develop a growth mindset in young people. Click here to apply now.

 

Friends of GT Scholars – Countdown to the new term!

Friends of GT Scholars – Countdown to the new term!

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

Happy Spring! Hope you had a great week? I can’t believe it’s Friday already, and we’re almost a quarter of the way through 2021 – It’s as if the year is moving faster than normal! Over here, we’re in countdown mode to the new term, and it looks like we’re going to have a lot more scholars joining us, so we’re definitely in need of more volunteer tutors and mentors. If you’re looking for an online volunteer opportunity, read on to find out more!

Volunteer online as a mentor!
Are you thinking about joining our volunteering team as an online mentor? The new term will start in early April, and we’re keen for more volunteer mentors to join our mentoring programme! To volunteer as a mentor, you’ll have to be available to support a young person for two hours a month. If you’re interested to know more about this volunteering opportunity, please get in touch with me!

Are you an English boffin?
We’ve already started receiving applications from young people to join our online tutoring programmes, starting from Monday 12th April. A lot of young people have applied to say that they need help with English. We’d love to help as many young people as possible, but we need more English tutors. Would you be available to volunteer for 1-hour a week next term? Please drop me a quick email if you can.

Recommend a friend!
We’re always up for expanding our volunteer network and we love to meet talented professionals who would like to help us improve social mobility for young people. Do you have a friend who might be interested in working with young people and getting involved with our tutor and mentoring opportunities? You can share this link with them if they would like to sign up as a volunteer.

Have a spectacular weekend!

Marilyn van Heerden

In The Know : Online opportunities to help young people reach their goals!

In The Know : Online opportunities to help young people reach their goals!

In The Know Parents What's new?

With the busy schedules of both parents and young people, finding time to check things off on your to-lists can be quite challenging at times. Time management is an essential skill and in this week’s newsletter, we’ve listed three opportunities that can help your child plan and reach their goals. 

Learn about the Science of Goal Setting!
The Ollie Foundation is hosting an exciting workshop for parents and young people on Thursday 25 March 2021. The workshop will focus on how you can deal with potential obstacles while on your journey to reach your goals. It will explore the science of goal setting and the impact it has on resilience. Book your free ticket here

Build work and life skills!
Youth Employment UK has a series of online courses for young people aged 14-24. The course offers young people the opportunity to build valuable work and life skills with the help of experts and youth ambassadors. This course also opens the door to some great opportunities from youth-friendly employers and organisations. You can sign up for this free online course here.

Improve your time management skills!
Amazon has an incredible audiobook by Alice Byrne titled Time Management for Teenagers. This book has been written with young people in mind to teach them how to effectively manage their time. It can also be used as a comprehensive guide to help them build their time management skills. You can download your copy of this free audiobook here.

In The Know : Be creative, raise your voice and show you care!

In The Know : Be creative, raise your voice and show you care!

In The Know Parents What's new?

Have you ever had an “aha” moment with your child and realised that you have found something valuable? If so, then this week’s lineup is perfect for your child! They may have expressed enthusiasm about a topic they care about, and this could be the start of something big, something innovative, and most definitely enjoyable. Listed below are some events and workshops to help steer the mind of your child.

Book your session and explore the power of your voice!
Goldsmiths University is hosting an exciting free event called DE:CONSTRUCT 2021. During this event your child will learn about how our voices can be amplified or suppressed and creating a platform where our voices can be heard. It is for all young people in year 12 or currently in their first year of college. Meet the speakers online on Tuesday 23 – Thursday 25 March 2021. Book your ticket here.

Join an Art Workshop with Creative Cafe
Creative Cafe is hosting a series of free workshops for young people aged 11-16 to help encourage them to come up with their own creative responses, which can include all styles of visual arts, creative writing or music. The workshops will run every Thursday until 1 April 2021. Each workshop brings a different topic from Sustainability to celebrating World Book Day. You can book your space here.

Register for an EGGS Project Workshop – Food Play
There are a trillion ways to take care of the environment and social value. This free EGGS Project Workshop is designed to teach students who are 11 – 15 years old, how to reduce packaging waste and food. Take your seat at the 2-hour workshop, Wednesday 31 March 2021. Join here for an informative and interactive workshop.

Friends of GT Scholars – Upcoming Online Volunteering Opportunities!

Friends of GT Scholars – Upcoming Online Volunteering Opportunities!

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a great day so far! We’ve been preparing for the new term coming up after Easter. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to tutor or mentor next term. If you’d like to volunteer next term, there’s still time to get in touch. This week I’d like to share some great 1-to-1 volunteering opportunities that you can get involved with to help young people get a headstart!

Have you checked out our LinkedIn thank you video?
Can you believe that 2 weeks have already gone by since our first online careers day? We didn’t expect to have so many young people & parents register for the careers day and we received over 10,000 registrations in just 3 weeks! Thanks again to our incredible volunteers that took the time out of their day to support parents and young people at the careers day! Follow this link to watch the video, and please feel free to like or share!

We need volunteer Mentors! Could you help?
We’re looking for volunteer mentors to provide online 1-to-1 mentoring support to young people between the age of 14-16. As a mentor, you’ll help guide your mentee as they plan for their future. You’ll also help them discover & explore the different options available to them. As a volunteer mentor, you’ll spend 2 hours a month working with your mentee. The new term will start in April and will run for 12 weeks. If you would like to find out more, please let me know.

Exciting course creation opportunity!
Over the past few weeks, we’ve been developing more personal development online courses with the aim of reaching young people across London and beyond! Some of our upcoming workshops & masterclasses will cover topics such as How to develop a growth mindset, How to boost your study skills, How to write an outstanding personal statement & How to get into Oxbridge. If you’d like to get involved in co-creating an online course, or would like to present a masterclass or webinar for parents or young people, hit reply, and I’ll be in touch with you soon.

Have a terrific weekend!

Marilyn van Heerden