Friends of GT Scholars – Check out our latest Volunteer Spotlight!

Friends of GT Scholars – Check out our latest Volunteer Spotlight!

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

Happy Friday! The weekend is here and so is the new term!! Thank you to everyone who confirmed their availability to volunteer with us this term. We’re currently busy preparing all matches for the term, and I’ll be in touch soon if I’ve not been in touch already. We’ve received excellent feedback from parents and scholars from the last term, and we have no doubt that this term will also be a great one! For now, let’s get started with this week’s newsletter.

Rhys Rawlings takes the volunteer spotlight!
In our latest spotlight interview, Rhys tells us about his own experience with having one to one support from teachers when he was younger to achieve his goals. Since then, Rhys has become a volunteer tutor and is passionate about helping young people who’re struggling the most. If you have a minute, take a quick break, put your feet up, and have a look at the full interview here!

Career Summit registration now open!
Registration for our Careers Day is now open! The Careers Day will take place online on Saturday the 27th of February, and we’re really looking forward to hearing all the guest speakers insights and career stories. This event is open to parents and young people, so if you have someone in mind who’d like to attend, please feel free to share the registration page link with them!

Mentoring worksheets to help you kick off the new term!
If you’re a mentor in search of inspiring new ways to catch your mentee’s attention this term, you’re in the right place! With the help of our volunteers, we’ve put together a few mentoring worksheets with a wide range of topics to get you started! In these worksheets, we cover from getting revision right, to creating your first CV. Have you had a look at our mentoring worksheets yet? If you would like to have a copy of the worksheets, please feel free to get in touch!

Have a beautiful weekend!

Marilyn van Heerden

In The Know: Online Careers Day – free career support for young people!

In The Know: Online Careers Day – free career support for young people!

In The Know Parents What's new?

The new term is in full swing and as young people continue to learn from home, I wanted to share some unique opportunities to support your child during the lockdown. They include an Online Careers Day, a drama workshop as well as an art competition. Read on to find out more about these exciting online opportunities that you can share with your child.

Free Online Careers Day – Saturday 27th Feb 2021
Our Annual Careers Day is back! And this time we’re moving it online! This is one of our most popular events for the year. The Online Career Day is the perfect opportunity for your child to learn from university admissions professionals, HR professionals and industry experts and learn how to choose a career path best suited for them. The free event takes place on Saturday 27th February 2021, and is open to ambitious young people aged 13-18 and their parents. The experts will be speaking on a range of topics, including apprenticeships, university degrees, scholarships, creative career routes, entrepreneurship and much more! All the workshops will be announced soon! For now, you can learn more about our panel of speakers and grab an early-bird ticket by registering here!

Get Lit this January!
Get Lit – Words Ignite will be hosting a ‘Get Lit’ Saturday Class for teenagers. During this online event, your child will learn writing techniques, performance training and confidence building. The free event is for young people aged 13-19. It will take place on the 23rd of January 2021. Book your ticket for one of 2021’s unmissable events.

Make Space for Art!
The Space Foundation is hosting a creative arts competition. Your child has the chance to join them in their 10th Annual Space Foundation International Student Art Contest. This free competition is for students between the ages of 3-18. The contest has already begun, and entries close on February 1st 2021 at 12am. You can register your child for the Space Foundation contest here.

In The Know: Great virtual opportunities to kick off 2021!

In The Know: Great virtual opportunities to kick off 2021!

In The Know Parents What's new?

Happy New Year! It’s the start of a new term, and with the recent school closures and yet another lockdown, we’re hoping we can provide as much support as possible to parents and their children when it comes to learning from home. This week, I’d like to share a few online opportunities with you that can help your child get online tutoring support, as well as fun educational activities that you can engage with during lockdown.

Bright Ambitions – Deadline extended!
With the recent news of school closures, we want to allow more parents to apply to the Bright Ambitions online tutoring programme. The programme includes 12 hours of online tutoring, 6 hours of online mentoring, and 2 new online courses, as well as access to our library of online courses. By joining this programme, your child can improve their grades and develop new skills. Young people aged 13-16 living in England are welcome to apply. Applications will close on Friday 15th of January 2021, so please register your interest before then.

Learn about the new world of AI!
Crash Course offers an online Artificial Intelligence course for young people aged 13 and up. The course includes high-quality free videos that will teach your child about the world of AI. The course content is very entertaining and designed to relate to young people, allowing them to work through the course material at their own pace. For more information, click here.

Join Teen Trivia Tuesday!
Sedgwick Library is hosting an online trivia night for young people aged 13-18. This event will allow your child to brush up on their general knowledge and have some fun competing with young people around the world in a safe online environment. Teen Trivia Tuesday will take place on Tuesday, 26th of January from 8pm to 8:45pm on Google Meet. You can register your attendance here. 

 

Friends of GT Scholars – It’s the year to volunteer!

Friends of GT Scholars – It’s the year to volunteer!

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

Happy 2021!! We’re back in full swing and really hope that you’ve had a relaxing festive season! Even though our new year has started in lockdown, we’re still excited about upcoming online opportunities to support young people during their virtual learning experience. We definitely can’t do it without your help, so if you’re looking for ways to make a difference this year, have a quick look at what’s in the pipeline at GT Scholars in the new term!

Tutoring and mentoring opportunities for the new term!
The new term has started and will run from January to March. During the next two weeks, we’ll be matching our scholars with volunteers. Thank you to everyone who’s confirmed their availability so far, we’ll be in touch soon regarding a match. If you’re interested to volunteer as a mentor for two hours a month, or as a tutor for 1 hour a week, please let me know. We look forward to hearing from you!

Fancy being a speaker at our Career Summit day?
Our first Online Careers Summit day is coming up at the end of February! In previous years our career days have truly inspired young people. It opens a world of opportunity to them, and so, we’re really looking forward to this event and hearing our volunteers’ career stories. Have you signed up to be a guest speaker yet? If you would like to be a guest speaker, please fill in this short form.

Workshop facilitator roles available!
We’re focused on bringing opportunities online for young people to continue to learn and grow whilst being at home, especially now in the light of school closures. We’d love to hear from more professionals interested in part-time workshop facilitating roles with us. If you have previous experience in facilitating workshops and have spare time to get involved,  please feel free to get in touch.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Marilyn van Heerden

In The Know: Christmas is nearly here!

In The Know: Christmas is nearly here!

In The Know Parents What's new?

The Christmas break is here, and we hope that you’re looking forward to spending some quality time with your family! To help you kick off your festive season, we’ve included some fun activities for the whole family to enjoy! With the new year and term not too far away, I also want to remind you that applications to enrol in our online tutoring programme, Bright Ambitions, will close today. Please read on for more information.

Bright Ambitions – Applications close Today!
Be sure not to miss out on this amazing opportunity that will help your child improve their grades. The new term of the Bright Ambitions Programme runs from January to March, and is open to young people aged 13-16, and includes a combination of 12 hours of online tutoring, 6 hours of online mentoring, 2 new online leadership courses as well as unlimited access to our online learning & mentorship hub. Applications close today, 18th December 2020. If you would still like your child to join the programme, please follow this link to register your interest.

Get Crafty This Christmas!
Want to start the holiday break with a fun family activity? Why not join this holiday-themed arts and crafts workshop by Prep Academy. The workshop is free to join, and during the session, you will learn how to make classic Christmas decorations and special hand-made gifts for your family and loved ones to enjoy. The workshop takes place on Saturday 19 December 2020 at 7 pm, and you can get your tickets here.

Join an Online Family Cook-a-long!
This Christmas Cygnini Crafts has created a foodie treat cook-along for young people of all ages to nurture their inner chef and get their innovative minds working during the festive season! In the sessions, your child will learn how to make sweet treats that can be given as a thoughtful gift, or for just having around as a sweet treat for the whole family to enjoy! The sessions cost £6 and will be held on Monday 21 December 2020. To book your spot, click here.

Christmas & New Year Office Closure
Just a reminder that today is our last day at the office and we will be closed from Monday 21st December to Friday 1st January and our first day back at the office will be on Monday 4th January 2021. If you would like to get in touch with us before we close, please email us or give us a quick call.

Friends of GT Scholars – Thank you for your help in 2020! 🎄😊

Friends of GT Scholars – Thank you for your help in 2020! 🎄😊

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

So here we are, at the end of another term and the end of the year! Although this year has probably been one of the most challenging years that the world has collectively faced, we’re going to stay positive and hope that next year is a good one. And without further ado, here’s the last newsletter for 2020! We look forward to catching up with you in 2021!

Thank you so much for a great Volunteer Christmas Meetup!
Firstly, I wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who enjoyed the evening with us! We had a great night with our volunteers and scholars last night – It was great to see you! It was also great to have some of the scholars join us for a couple of fun games, and Eshan’s Rubik’s cube demonstration left us all in awe – He has got some serious skills! For everyone who couldn’t make it, don’t worry, we’ll have another one in just a few months and hopefully, you’ll be able to join us then.

Can you be a speaker or be on a panel at next year’s Careers Summit?
You might have already spoken to me, or another GT team member about the Online Careers Summit 2021. If this is news to you, allow me to fill you in on the details quickly. We’re planning on running a series of online Careers Summit days, and the first one will be in February. We’re looking for volunteers to join our panel of speakers to share their story, which can help inspire young people. We’d love to have you on board! Thanks to everyone who’s signed up already! We’re looking forward to having you on our panel. If you’d like to get involved, please complete this short form, and we’ll get in touch when we’re back!

Christmas & New Year Office Closure
Today is our last day before we close for Christmas and I just wanted to share our Christmas break office closure times. Our office will be closed from Monday 21st December to Friday 1st January and our first day back at the office will be on Monday 4th January 2021. If you would like to get in touch with us before we close, please email us or give us a quick call. We’ll also be doing a round of calls to wrap up a few loose ends before we set off for the Christmas & New Years break!

Have a fantastic Xmas break and a wonderful new year! I look forward to catching up with you in the new year!🎄😊

Marilyn van Heerden

Social mobility charities that can help young people reach their aspirations

Social mobility charities that can help young people reach their aspirations

Parents

GT Scholars was set up to give young people the support, skills and strategies they need to achieve their aspirations. Our courses, workshops and programmes have helped hundreds of young people aged 11-18 achieve better grades at school, get into top universities, access top tier apprenticeships and reach their academic and career aspirations.

In addition to the work we do with young people, we offer bursaries to young people from lower income homes. This is fuelled by our passion and belief that every young person deserves a chance and choice to succeed in life, regardless of their background. Every year, we seek to offer bursaries to as many people as possible. However, the number of free places we provide in each term is based on our earnings. This means that we are only able to give a very limited number of free places each year. Thankfully, there are many other organisations working hard to support some of the young people that need it most.

In this blog, we discuss various organisations that provide support to young people aged 11-18 from low income homes.

The National Tutoring Programme is a £350 Million government funded programme which schools are using to provide free one to one and small group tutoring to young people. It was set up as a response to the 2020 pandemic and has been designed to help thousands of young people in England to ensure that they can catch up on learning that was missed during the lockdown and school closure period. Many schools have signed up to this and you may be able to access free tutoring through this programme.

IntoUniversity provides local learning centres where young people are inspired to achieve. At each local centre, IntoUniversity offers an innovative programme that supports young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to attain either a university place or another chosen aspiration. Their programme provides children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds academic support, FOCUS activities, and mentoring.

The Access Project works with bright students from disadvantaged backgrounds, providing in-school support and personalised tuition, to help them gain access to top universities. Their programme comprises both tutoring and mentoring as the combination of these interventions maximises their students’ likelihood of going to a top university. They also organise visits to top universities and run a Law Society, a Medicine and Dentistry Society and an Oxbridge Society.

The Brilliant Club is a university access charity that works with schools and universities across the UK. The organisation aims to increase the number of pupils from under-represented backgrounds progressing to highly selective universities. They do this by mobilising the PhD community to share its academic expertise with state schools through programmes of university-style tutorials, which are supplemented by two university trips.

Coach Bright: This is an organisation that provides tutoring and mentoring to young people aged 10-30 from low-income backgrounds. They work with volunteer coaches who support young people through their coaching programmes and academic programmes. Their mission is to improve social mobility for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and they have helped thousands of young people to achieve this goals.

Action Tutoring is a national charity that provides one-to-one and small group tutoring to young people from low income disadvantaged backgrounds. It is also one of the largest tutoring organisations providing free tutoring to young people in England. They work with schools across the country, providing schools with access to volunteer graduates and professionals who volunteer 1-2 hours every week to help young people improve their grades.

Team Up is a social venture charity that runs a voluntary leadership programme. They use tuition, delivered by inspirational role models, to enable pupils from low-income backgrounds to meaningfully increase their academic attainment, in order to improve the choices open to them. They also work with schools, universities and employers in order to increase social mobility in the UK.

Tutors United is a non-profit organisation that trains current university students and hires them to tutor English and Maths. They specialise in providing affordable private tutoring to the children and families who need it most, operating multiple tutoring services at various sites across the UK with plans to expand further. They are committed to tackling educational inequality and always recruit the very best undergraduates to tutor the pupils who need it most.

SEO London has three programmes that prepare talented students from ethnic minority or low socioeconomic backgrounds for career success. Their SEO Schools programme helps high-achieving students in Years 11-13 to broaden their horizons through access to academic, professional and enrichment opportunities. They organise events such as insight days and work experience placements with their world-class sponsor firms, comprehensive skills sessions to develop your commercial awareness and technical skills, bespoke open days at the UK’s top universities, and mentoring from experienced SEO alumni and industry professionals.

TalentEd is a charity that offers high-ability young people a year-long programme of weekly small group sessions. They believe that every young person should have the support, skills and aspirations to realise their potential. Their programmes are tailored to the needs of the individual by expert teachers. Their partner schools identify the needs of their cohort and choose a programme theme. TalentEd tutors then provide individual support to their small group of students, tailoring sessions to help them reach their potential.

UpReach is a charity that helps disadvantaged students from across the UK to realise their potential. They provide a highly personalised programme of support to students who they call UpReach Associates. They partner with employers and universities, and offer access to a comprehensive range of opportunities and activities to broaden their associate’s horizons, understand career pathways and develop the skills, networks and experiences needed for career success.

Sutton Trust is a foundation which improves social mobility in the UK through evidence-based programmes, research and policy advocacy. From early years’ through school, college and university to the workplace, they work to combat educational inequality and prevent the subsequent waste of talent. Their programmes, working in partnership with top universities and industry professionals, are designed to support students to make informed decisions about their next steps and leave young people feeling inspired.

Hackney Pirates is an enterprising charity working to develop the literacy, confidence and perseverance of young people so that they achieve both in school and in the world beyond. They believe that providing support outside of school can really help young people to do better in the classroom, while also developing broader skills. They work together with local schools, families and volunteers to deliver unique real-world learning projects in their own unconventional learning environment, the Ship of Adventures.

GT Scholars: We run after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes are open to all young people regardless of their background, school or income. Our tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programmes give young people aged 11-18, the strategies, skills and support that they need to achieve their aspirations in life. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.

In the Know : Get a head start in 2021 with Bright Ambitions!

In the Know : Get a head start in 2021 with Bright Ambitions!

In The Know Parents What's new?

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The Christmas break is almost here! As we look forward to a new year with new opportunities we would like to share a few online programmes and events with you. These opportunities will help give your child a head start going into 2021 and help them gain confidence in school and their personal lives. Read on to find out more.

Bright Ambitions – Don’t miss the deadline!
This online tutoring programme is for talented young people aged 14-16 living in England. The programme runs from January to March and includes a combination of 12 hours of online tutoring, 6 hours of online mentoring, and two new online courses. The programme aims to improve your child’s grades, build their confidence, raise their aspirations, and equip them with the skills and strategies needed to succeed at school and beyond. Applications close Friday 18th December, and there is still time for you to register your interest.

Learn more about Girls4engineering
Renishaw Outreach education is hosting a live virtual event on Wednesday 16 December 2020, to give young girls aged 16 and up, the opportunity to find out more about a career in Engineering. The one-hour session will include live talks from women engineers covering a range of topics affecting young girls wanting to get into Engineering and an interactive live Q & A session. The event is free to attend, and you can book your ticket here.

Manage your Digital Reputation!
Most young people make their first impressions online. Digilearning will take young people 13 and up through six great tips on how to manage their digital reputation. In this session, your child will learn how to manage their tagged photos, blog posts, and social networking interactions, and learn how they are perceived by others online and offline. It’s free to attend and takes place on Monday 14 December 2020. To book your tickets, click here.

 

 

Friends of GT Scholars – Jingle and mingle at the Christmas Meetup! 🎄😊

Friends of GT Scholars – Jingle and mingle at the Christmas Meetup! 🎄😊

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

Happy Christmas Jumper Day 2020! I hope you had a fantastic week? With all the eating I’ve been doing over lockdown, I wonder if my Christmas jumper still fits… Have you taken out your jumper yet? We’re really getting into the festive groove here and looking forward to our Christmas Meetup next Thursday. Will you be joining us? Christmas jumpers are not required!!😊🎄

Get ready for our Christmas meetup!
Come and support our scholars who will also be joining us for some fun activities. One of the young people will treat us to a lovely guitar tune, and another young person will be giving a Rubik’s cube demonstration!! Also in the line up is a quiz run by our scholars! Just to remind you of the details, the meetup will be online on Thursday 17th December from 6-7.30pm. It would be great to have you there supporting the young people with us! If you can make it, please RSVP using this link.

Could you speak at our Careers Day next year?
We’ll be running a free online Careers Summit in February 2020 and we’re looking for volunteer speakers to inspire young people by sharing their career success stories. If you have professional work experience in Tech, Finance or the Business sector, and would like to share more information with the young people and their parents, we’d love to hear from you! You can get involved by replying to this email or fill in this short form with your photo and bio.

New year, new volunteering opportunities!
Thanks so much for everyone who confirmed their availability to start the new year volunteering with us! We’re looking forward to finding you a match! You can choose between volunteering as a mentor for two hours a month, or volunteering as a tutor for 1 hour a week during the new term, starting early January running until March. If you’re looking for something that requires a lesser time commitment, you can also get involved with our Career Summit in February. For more information on volunteering with us, please get in touch!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Marilyn van Heerden

Just a reminder that we’ll be closed for a Christmas & New Year break from Monday 21st December to Friday 1st January. We’ll be back in the office on Monday 4th January 2021. Please get in touch if you need to chat with us before then.

Friends of GT Scholars – Will you be coming to the Volunteer Meet up?! 🎄😊

Friends of GT Scholars – Will you be coming to the Volunteer Meet up?! 🎄😊

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

Happy December! Since it’s International Volunteer Day tomorrow, I’d like to say a huge thank you to you! The impact that GT Scholars makes in young people’s lives has been phenomenal and this is hugely because of volunteers like you! I’d also like to invite you to the upcoming volunteer meetup, where we will celebrate the impact GT Scholars volunteers made in the lives of our scholars! Have a look at this week’s newsletter to find out how you can register your attendance for the meetup!

Will you be joining us for the Xmas Celebration?
This year our annual volunteer meetup will be online. Thanks to everyone who has RSVP’d – we’re really looking forward to seeing you! If you’ve not registered your attendance yet, check your diary, and if possible, join us for a fun virtual evening! Some of our young people will also be joining us, and they’ve got some exciting things lined up for the evening! The meetup will take place on Thursday 17th December from 6-7.30pm. If you can make it, be sure to register your attendance!

Speakers for the online Careers Summit!
The young people we work with are always eager to learn more about different career options available to them, especially careers within the Creative sector, Tech industry, Financial sector and Business sector. We’ll be running a free online Careers Summit and we’re looking for volunteer speakers to inspire young people by sharing their career success stories, and the different options available to young people. We’d love to hear from you, especially if you’re working in a career field that is under-represented by young people from diverse backgrounds. The first day of the summit will be on Tuesday 16th February, with additional days in May and October 2021. Please book a time in my calendar if you’d like to get involved, so can fill you in on the details.

Would you like to volunteer next term?
Thanks so much to everyone who’s already confirmed their availability to volunteer next term, we really appreciate it! Applications are still open and the new term will start early January and run till the beginning of March 2021. You can volunteer as a mentor for two hours a month, or volunteer as a tutor for 1 hour a week. If you’re interested to volunteer next term or know someone who might be interested and would like to find out more about our online mentoring and tutoring programmes, please feel free to send me a quick email!