In The Know: Bright Ambitions Programme – Applications are now open!

In The Know: Bright Ambitions Programme – Applications are now open!

In The Know Parents What's new?

How are you? I hope well? It’s hard to believe that this week is almost at its end and that December is only a few days away! With this week’s newsletter, I’d like to share a few opportunities with you that focus on helping young people reach their academic goals, teaching them about careers and giving them an opportunity to develop their creative thinking skills. Read on to find out more.

Bright Ambitions Programme – Applications are now open!
If your child is between the ages of 13-16, and would like to get excellent grades at school, improve their leadership skills, and get into top-tier universities or apprenticeships, then you should look into the Bright Ambitions Programme by GT Scholars. This programme will give your child access to 1-to-1 online tutoring and mentoring sessions, and access to great online courses! Please note that applications will close on Monday 14th December, so be sure to register your interest early by clicking here.

Visit the Virtual Future Heroes Expo!
The 2020 Virtual Future Heroes career expo, will display a wide range of different career options available within the health and social care sectors. Through a week-long series of webinars, this expo aims to help young people bridge the gap between what they enjoy doing, and what they could potentially do as a career. The event is free to join and will take place on Monday 7th December 2020. Young people aged 13 and up can ask their school to register for the event here.

Become Creative with Digital Superpower
In this free workshop, young people will learn how to get creative and use the creativity within their minds. This workshop is interactive and engaging, building healthy foundations from which students can further develop their creative skills. The workshop will create a lively and fun atmosphere in which to learn through activities, participation, and discussion. It’s open to young people from the age of 13. To register your attendance, click here.

Friends of GT Scholars – Will you be coming to our Volunteer Xmas Meetup?

Friends of GT Scholars – Will you be coming to our Volunteer Xmas Meetup?

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

Happy Friday! How’s your week been so far? There are only a few days left to go before we move into Tier 2. At last! I’m sure we’re all over being under house arrest by now! Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Just enough time to get on with some last minute Xmas shopping! Before we get ready to set off, take a few minutes to read more about a couple of volunteer opportunities to get involved with!

Would you like to share your skills with young people?
#DayofCode was a huge success, and we’d like to give special thanks to Amhed & Rhys, who helped us with putting the workshop content together and facilitating the workshop. We really appreciated all your help and guidance! If you have any expertise or skills that you would like to share with young people, we would be happy to meet with you to discuss this! Whether you only want to help with content creation, or also get involved with facilitating the workshop we’d love to hear from you, so please get in touch, and we can set up a time to chat!

Come meet us at our Volunteer Xmas Meetup!
We’re getting super excited about our Xmas meetup that’s only a few weeks away! I’m particularly curious and excited about what the young people have planned for the evening. The online meetup will be hosted via Zoom, on Thursday 17th December from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm. It will be great if you can make it, so please let us know before the 7th of December so that we can wrap up a few last things on our side. You can register your attendance by following this link. I’m looking forward to seeing you there!

Would you like to volunteer as a tutor or mentor next term?
It’s almost the end of term, and with that, the new term is slowly creeping closer. Applications for our online tutoring and mentoring programmes for next term intake are now open. The new term will run from the 4th of January till the 2nd of March 2021. If you’d like to volunteer, you can expect to be matched with a scholar between the 4th – 18th of January, depending on the intake period of scholars. If you would like to volunteer as a tutor for one hour a week, or as a mentor for two hours a month, please let me know.

Have a beautiful weekend!

Marilyn van Heerden

Friends of GT Scholars – Share your career story with young people!

Friends of GT Scholars – Share your career story with young people!

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

It’s almost the weekend, and I hope you’re Friday has been off to a great start!?  This November we celebrate National Career Development Month, and we’re joining in, to help raise awareness for young people to develop & build their skills to ultimately widen their horizons and to also prepare them for their future careers. Read on to find out more about how you can volunteer to help young people by sharing your skills with them!

Would you like to feature in our Volunteer Spotlight?
Our spotlight video interviews really inspire people in so many ways as you have a chance to see the unique stories of parents, young people and also our amazing team of volunteers. We understand that with the covid outbreak it’s not easy to arrange physical meetings, but we would still like to continue to provide these wonderful and inspiring stories in some way. If you are interested in featuring in our next spotlight, please send me a quick email so that we can set up a meeting!

Share more about your career with young people!
We’ll be launching a new programme soon! The Careers Contact Programme will host a series of online career days. As a volunteer panellist, you’ll be able to share your career journey with young people interested in following the same career path. During the sessions, you’ll share more about your career and what to expect working in a similar role. There will also be a live Q&A session where young people will have the chance to ask you about your career. If you’d like to sign up for this volunteer opportunity, hit the reply button and we’ll get in touch.

Would you like to be a guest on our podcast?
Thank you to everyone who got back to us about featuring in one of our podcast interviews! We’re still looking for more volunteers who’d like to share their professional experience and knowledge with young people in a video-podcast which will be led by our youth board! We’ll spend some time learning more about you and following this, some of the young people and parents will get to ask questions. The interview and Q&A will be around 90 minutes. If you have some time to share about your career or life experience with young people, please get in touch!

Have an awesome weekend!

Marilyn van Heerden

In The Know : Get a head start on your child’s future!

In The Know : Get a head start on your child’s future!

In The Know Parents What's new?

We’re halfway through the first term, and I hope your term has been off to a great start so far? This week we’d like to share a few great opportunities with you that will help your child develop new skills, improve their grades, and prepare them for the future. Read on to find out more about these opportunities, including two great programmes by GT Scholars!

Join the Global Teenprenuer Q&A session!
Global Teenpreneur is a new programme from GT Scholars. This is a new online digital and entrepreneurship programme for business-savvy teens aged 13-17. If you would like to know more about the programme, you can join the Q&A session on Saturday 14th November from 3-4 pm. To join click here.

Applications open once again! – Bright Ambitions Programme
The Bright Ambitions Online Tutoring programme by GT Scholars is back for another term, and applications will open soon! The programme is for young people aged between 13-16, and offers 10 one-to-one online tutoring in Maths or English, 3 online mentoring sessions, and 3 online skill-building and enrichment workshops. To register your interest click here.

Make Your Mark!
Young people aged 11-18 across the UK can have their say and begin their democratic journey by voting on the policies they want to introduce or change. The most voted for issues will be debated by Members of Youth Parliament who will then campaign to influence the UK Parliament ensuring that the views of young people are heard. You have until 30 November 2020 to cast your vote.

Build Our Futures – Children & Young People’s Virtual Summit
The summit is dedicated to celebrating young people where they can share their thoughts and ideas on the local issues that affect them. This will help inform and develop services that affect young people with this year raising bigger issues than ever before. The online event will take place on Saturday 28 November 2020 and is open to young people aged 8-18. To attend the summit click here.

Friends of GT Scholars – Thank you for helping us make a difference!

Friends of GT Scholars – Thank you for helping us make a difference!

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

Can you believe we’re already in November or Movember as some may call it?! I recently found out that this men’s health awareness month started off in 2003 with just 30 guys growing a mustache, and since then, it has spiraled to over 5 million Mo Bros and even Mo Sistas showing their support! Though I don’t think I’ll be wearing a fake mustache anytime soon! Anyway, enough mindless chatter, let’s get started with this week’s newsletter!

#DayofCode – An online workshop for young people!
This November we’ll be running a free 2-day coding workshop, which has been made possible by the Meet and Code 2020 Initiative, sponsored by SAP. A huge shout out to Rhys and Ahmed for sharing their expert skills with us! The workshop will introduce young people aged 11-16 to the world of coding and technology, where they will have the opportunity to design their very own mobile app! If you know of any young person or parent who’d be interested in this workshop, feel free to share this link with them!

Podcast interview anyone?
As part of our new Young Leaders programme, we’re looking for volunteers who are available to share their career stories and knowledge with young people in the video-podcast which will be led by our youth board! We’ll spend some time learning more about you and following this, some of our young people and their parents will get to ask questions live or send their questions in advance. Each interview and Q&A will last around 90 minutes, and the final edited video-podcast will be reduced to about 45 minutes. If you have some time to share about your career or life experience with our ambitious young people, please get in touch!

Volunteer Meetup – Save the date!
We’ll be hosting a virtual volunteer meetup this year! All friends of GT Scholars are welcome! This includes current volunteers, volunteer applicants and anyone interested in volunteering with young people! It would be great if you can make it! If you’d like to get involved in organising, please also feel free to get in touch. We’ll be sharing more details with you soon! For now, please pencil in Thursday 3rd December from 6pm-7:30pm into your diary.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Marilyn van Heerden

In The Know: Exciting STEM activities for Young People

In The Know: Exciting STEM activities for Young People

In The Know Parents What's new?

We hope you had a good half-term break, and that you are ready and powered up to take on the new term! This week we have lined up 3 exciting activities for young people who are thinking about a career in STEM. These activities are fun, engaging, and stimulating and will get their innovative minds flowing. Read on to find out more.

#Day of Code
GT Scholars is hosting a free 2-day online workshop that will introduce young people, aged 11-16, to the world of coding. This event is made possible by the Meet and Code 2020 initiative, sponsored by SAP. Each young person will have the opportunity to design and develop their own mobile app! No previous experience is required as each young person will receive support from our facilitators and volunteers. The online workshop will run over 2 Saturdays, 14th and 21st November 2020, with the second day being a continuation of the first. You can book your tickets here.

Saturday STEM Spectacular
This online event will showcase many exciting STEM-based activities for the whole family. There will be 5 exciting sessions which include, an amazing lab tour that takes in plastic waste, exploration of the human body, and some experiments linked to diving and airplanes. The session also includes a panel discussion where they will look at what we can learn from the natural world. The event will take place Saturday 21st November and is free to attend. To register click here.

Festival of Geology: The Discovery Room
The Geologists Association is hosting a Virtual Festival on Saturday 7 November 2020. You will be able to virtually explore museums, attend a virtual field trip or tour, discover shops, and geology groups. There are also many exciting geology-themed activities for young people to try out. This year’s exciting Discovery Room will include a fascinating mix of Rockwatch activities, live Earth science-themed workshops, downloads, and more! It’s a family-friendly event that’s free to attend. You can book your ticket here

In The Know: Learn new skills online this Autumn!

In The Know: Learn new skills online this Autumn!

In The Know Parents What's new?

Can you believe we’re almost in November and that the Autumn break is almost coming to an end? If you’re looking for exciting online opportunities for your child to get involved with, have a look at this week’s newsletter. We’ve lined up 3 great online events that will help your child learn a new skill and have fun while doing it! Read on to learn more!

Day of Code goes online!
This November, GT Scholars will be running one of their popular workshops, Day of Code. The workshop will run over two days and will introduce young people aged 12-16 to the world of coding! The workshop will focus on a range of digital topics within creative coding, and your child will learn how to create their own mobile app! The free workshop will take place online on the 14th and the 21st of November. You can book your tickets here.

TechFest Activity Weekend Goes Digital
Techfest is hosting an online activity weekend on Saturday 14 November 2020. The event is open to young people of all ages who would like to get a head start on their STEM careers. It’s two days filled with content from some amazing STEM sources as well as competitions with some amazing prizes. The event is free and tickets can be booked here.

Create a Radio Drama
The Mentoring Lab has created an 11-week online course where young people will work together to develop a 3-part radio drama, where their voice-overs can be recorded in a professional recording studio. The sessions will focus on scriptwriting, storytelling, and acting techniques, and give your child the opportunity to work in a team. It’s free to join and the first session starts on Wednesday 4 November 2020. To join click here.

 

Friends of GT Scholars – Check out our latest scholar spotlight!

Friends of GT Scholars – Check out our latest scholar spotlight!

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

Happy Friyay!! I hope you’re well and have been keeping warm this week? Autumn is here, and soon winter will be on our doorstep! Luckily with the recent update to the government’s safe travel list, we don’t have to face the winter all huddled up at home! You can book a flight and soak up some winter sun in the Canary Islands or even head off to Greek Island of Mykonos without having to quarantine for 14 days on return! *For now!

Can you help a fellow friend of GT Scholars?
Do you know of someone in your network who works as a professional Psychologist or have professional experience working in the Social Science field? One of our mentors was matched with a scholar that is interested in this career field, and we’re looking for someone who can give her more information about studying and working within the Psychology and Social Science field. If you know of someone who can help, please send me a quick email, and I’ll set up an introduction.

Youth board member, Laura shares her experience as a mentee!
We’ve taken a walk down memory lane looking back at some of the feedback we received from our scholars. In our latest spotlight interview, we spoke to Laura, who was on the Bright Ambitions tutoring & mentoring programme. Laura shares her story and says that tutoring helped her to improve her maths grades and that mentoring helped her tremendously with time management and planning for the future. If you have a few minutes, you can read the full interview here!

Are you InQUIZitive?
Have you taken our Volunteer Persona Quiz yet? We set up the quiz as a bit of fun for you to find out your Volunteer Persona. The quiz will only take about 2-minutes to complete, and it’s filled with a tonne of fun gifs. The questions might seem a bit random but so far, we’ve been getting it right. Feel free to let us know what you think about your result? Did we get it right? Thumbs-up or thumbs-down?! Take the quiz here.

In the know : Half term activities for Autumn

In the know : Half term activities for Autumn

In The Know Parents What's new?

Can you believe we’re almost halfway through the term? Winter is slowly creeping in, and we’re sure that you’re already looking for some fun opportunities for your child to get involved with this half term. Read on to find out more information on exciting online activities that are available during half term.

Baking In Space – Bake to the Future!
Space champion, Dr. Niamh Shaw and Great British Bake Off finalist, Andrew Smyth, will be taking families on a journey from Earth to the Moon and back, with demos and bakes directly to your kitchens. The event will explore our planet in lockdown, how we have learned to adapt, and the parallels between living in space and living during COVID. It’s a free event for the whole family to enjoy and will take place on Wednesday 11 November 2020. To book your space click here.

Become a coding genius!
If your child is looking to become the next coding genius then the Swansea Science festival is a great opportunity for them to start. They can join online and have the opportunity to get great tips and trades on how to code and have an opportunity to enter a competition where they can win their very own Raspberry Pi Kit! The free workshop is on Saturday, 24 October 2020, and is open to young people between the ages of 7-14. To book your ticket click here.

Virtually Meet the Animals at Edinburgh Zoo
You and your family will be able to explore Edinburgh Zoo and meet some of the amazing animals there! The online tour will allow you to visit animals from around the world. You’ll go behind the scenes to discover more about the zoo, the animals, and the conservation work and will also have the chance to ask your questions. This event will be interactive, relaxed, and free to attend. It takes place on Wednesday, 28 October 2020, and tickets can be booked here.

Scholar Spotlight – The programme helped me improve tremendously!

Scholar Spotlight – The programme helped me improve tremendously!

Scholar spotlight What's new?

As part of our scholar spotlight series, we’ve had the pleasure of interviewing one of the scholars on the Bright Ambitions programme – Laura. In this interview, Laura shares her story and says that tutoring helped her to improve her maths grades and that mentoring helped her tremendously with time management and planning for the future.

Hi, my name is Laura, I’m 15 and I’m a scholar on the GT Scholars programme.

Why did you apply to GT Scholars?
I decided to join GT Scholars because I was looking for opportunities to be able to get experience in finding work experience, build my CV so that I can find a job and just to be able to build on my future. I was on the Bright Ambitions Programme and was provided with a tutor, a mentor and being able to experience enrichment activities throughout the term.

What was your tutor like?
My tutor was Derek, and he helped me with my Maths. We worked on Google Hangouts using the interactive whiteboard so he could write something down, and I could also write something down as it is a live platform. He was really organised with what we were learning each week and especially with time. He would plan how much time we would need to work on homework & active lessons and also how much time he would be teaching me and how much time I would need to use what I have learned to put it into questions in the actual lesson.

My tutor has definitely helped me to improve in school since a lot of the work that I needed help with were things I needed to catch up on and things that everyone else in class already remembered and understood. During exam week I could really see how I improved and afterwards how my grades went up.

What was your mentor like?
My mentor was Rachel, and the first time I met her, our meeting was very informal. We got to speak very normally face to face and talk about general things. I had to catch her up on where I am and what I need to do to improve. I’ve gained some help in time management, so something I’ve always really struggled with, especially as I was in year ten at the time. It was getting harder and harder, and I wasn’t able to cope with it at the time. It was easier for me to lay out my plans and to know what I was doing when I was doing it and also how to revise.

I was able to get advice on where to go for Sixth form, especially since it can be hard to find what you need and not all resources will show every Sixth form depending on your area and how prestigious it is, so Rachel helped me to narrow down all the options. She also helped me with options for colleges and universities to consider where I’d want to go for a degree.

What did you enjoy most about the programme?
My favourite part of the program was probably the enrichment days since I got to interact with a bunch of other scholars and also just kind of apply what I’ve learned from mentoring.

So I definitely learned something new about myself. For example, we were given an interview by an employee, and I asked her a few questions and found out that I’m kind of interested in maybe doing marketing in the future since it incorporates all my interests.

How has the programme helped you academically?
My academics have definitely been impacted since joining the programme. The tutoring has really helped me in general, because I was struggling with Maths a lot. Now my results have gone up, and I’ve even been able to move up a class. Mentoring has also really helped me to be able to manage my time better because revision can be really overwhelming, and now I have a lot more time for myself and also time for homework.

What would you say to young people who want to join the programme?
To anyone thinking about joining GT Scholars, I’d say you have no idea how many opportunities you have! I still don’t know,  but I definitely know more about the opportunities out there than I would have if I hadn’t joined the programme. You’ll also be able to interact with a lot of people, make friends along the way and also ask them about where they want to go and what they’re doing right now. You could also ask them for advice on what they’re doing for more experience, what they’re doing to build their CV and maybe you can get some more help on that!

A message to my tutor, Derek:
Thanks a lot for helping me in my Maths since I was obviously really hopeless at the start!

A message to my Mentor – Rachel:
Thanks so much for all the help and sitting there writing down timetables to work out how I can manage my school time, all the time I spend on my tablet and how I can fit in my revision. Thank you for helping me with my Sixth forms and giving me really helpful websites, so thank you!