Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Become a volunteer ambassador!

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Become a volunteer ambassador!

Friends of GT Scholars

Can you believe it’s Friday yet again? We hope you have exciting plans lined up! But before the weekend begins we would like to let you know about a few things first.

We’re looking for ambassadors!
We are currently looking for volunteer ambassadors to help develop partnerships with corporates and universities. If you have access to existing networks of graduates, undergraduates or professionals and you like the idea of using your experience to help us grow as a charity and improve social mobility for young people, then the ambassador role will be the perfect volunteering opportunity for you. Feel free to read more about this role on this blog post or complete the online contact form if you would like to apply.

Volunteer STEM Workshop Facilitator
We need volunteers who are interested in supporting us as facilitators for our series of fun and innovative STEM workshops. If you have previous facilitating experience and are passionate about any of the STEM fields, you can help young people gain more knowledge about the world of STEM and help them to make an informed decision about STEM careers. Feel free to contact us for more information about this volunteer role.

Can you help us at our next event?
The first workshop for the new academic year, #GirlMeetsCode will be on Saturday the 20th of October and we are looking for volunteers to help on the day. The events team will support with various tasks including welcoming scholars and helping with lunch arrangements. Please get in touch with us if you would like to be part of this exciting event!

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. Our after-school tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programme is designed to help young people aged 11-16 achieve their academic and career aspirations. Visit our website if you’d like to know more about the GT Scholars Programme and how you can make a significant difference in young people’s lives.

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Big Lottery funding and other news!

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Big Lottery funding and other news!

Friends of GT Scholars

Happy Friday! We hope you’ve had a great week so far and looking forward to the weekend. Read on to find out more about our latest funding award and volunteer opportunities to get involved with.

Funding from Big Lottery
We are thrilled to share with you the good news that GT Scholars recently received funding from Big Lottery. This will allow us to give 20 young people the opportunity to be part of the GT Scholars Bright Ambitions 2018 programme. We would also like to thank Big lottery for recognising the work we do and believing in our mission! We would not have been able to make the impact we have without our supporters. Visit our website to see who they are!

Volunteer STEM Workshop Facilitator
We are looking for volunteers who would like to support at our STEM workshops as facilitators. Our first workshop #GirlMeetsCode will give girls between the ages of 11-16 the opportunity to learn more about computer coding and the career opportunities available in the field. If you have experience in facilitating and good knowledge of coding or other STEM subjects please get in touch with us to find out more about the role and our STEM workshop series.

Event volunteers needed!
We always welcome volunteers to support at our enrichment and skill building events. The new academic year is about to start and we will be hosting events on a regular basis. Volunteers can help with various tasks from helping with the set up before the event to managing the attendance register. It would be great to have you be part of the day!  Please email us if you would like further information about upcoming events!

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. Our after-school tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programmes are designed to help young people aged 11-18 achieve their academic and career aspirations. Contact us to find out how you can join us a volunteer tutor or mentor and make a difference in young people’s lives.

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Volunteer opportunities for the new academic year!

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Volunteer opportunities for the new academic year!

Friends of GT Scholars

The new academic year is just a couple of weeks away and we would like to share a few upcoming opportunities with you before the year starts.

New programmes for young people!

A few new programmes will be introduced. We will be closing the Awards and Academic Programmes and launching the Headstart programme that focuses on young people in Years 7 & 8 followed by the Bright Ambitions programme aimed at young people in Years 9 -11 and the Future Leaders programme designed for young people in Years 12 and 13.  Please feel free to contact us to find out about volunteering opportunities in these exciting new programmes.

Volunteer STEM Workshop Facilitator

A brand new series of STEM workshops are also in the lineup. To launch this series, our pilot workshop GirlMeetsCode will introduce young girls between the ages of 11-16 to the world of coding and make careers in technology more accessible to them. If you have experience in coding and care about improving the quality of STEM education reply this email to find out more about our Volunteer STEM Workshop Facilitator role and how you can apply.

Learn + Volunteer = SkillsxChange!

We are always looking for photographers to help us at our events! If you’d like to improve your photography skills then SkillsxChange might be perfect for you. SkillsxChange allows you to attend a professional photography course and get a partial refund on your course fees for every day that you volunteer as a photographer with GT Scholars. Please feel free to contact our office for more information.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. Our after-school tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programmes are designed to help young people aged 11-18 achieve their academic and career aspirations. Contact us to find out how you can join us a volunteer tutor or mentor and make a difference in young people’s lives.

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Any budding photographers out there?

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Any budding photographers out there?

Friends of GT Scholars

In this week’s newsletter we would like to tell you about some new and exciting developments at GT Scholars.

Get Free Photography classes with SkillsXChange!
The SkillsXchange volunteering programme is an exciting new programme where volunteers can learn new skills in exchange for volunteering! Over the next few weeks, we’ll be promoting a new photography course for volunteers where you will be able to improve your photography skills in exchange for volunteering at one our future events. We will be sending more information in the following weeks.  Join our Meetup group for more information and updates!

EY Accelerate for social enterprises
And more great news for GT Scholars, we were recently awarded a place on the EY Accelerate programme for social enterprises in the education sector. The EY Accelerate programme will provide strategic business support to GT Scholars to help us increase our capacity as an organisation and extend our impact. If you would like to volunteer your business or marketing skills to help us at GT Scholars, please feel free to get in touch.

Greater London Enterprise Awards
GT Scholars received a nomination for the Greater London Enterprise Awards hosted by SME News. We are delighted to share with you that the GT Scholars Programme has been crowned the Best for Student Educational Support for 2018 in London. We would like to thank everyone who has supported us this far, have helped us grow and make an impact. Please feel free to nominate us for any upcoming awards that you might know of or send us an email with more information.

That’s it for now – Have a fantastic weekend!


New programmes for young people!
With the new academic year starting next month, we will also be launching a few new programmes. We will be closing the Awards and Academic Programmes and launching the Headstart programme that focuses on young people in Years 7 & 8 followed by the Bright Ambitions programme aimed at young people in Years 9 -11 and the Future Leaders programme designed for young people in Years 12 and 13.  Please feel free to contact us to find out how to volunteer in these exciting new programmes.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. Our after-school tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programmes are designed to help young people aged 11-18 achieve their academic and career aspirations. Contact us to find out how you can join us a volunteer tutor or mentor and make a difference in young people’s lives.

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – More opportunities to volunteer!

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – More opportunities to volunteer!

Friends of GT Scholars

We are really looking forward to the start of the new academic year.

It is a time filled with excitement and enthusiasm and a chance for young people to achieve their aspirations. A mentor or tutor can make a significant difference in a young person’s life and can be the key to unlocking many opportunities. You can help a young person kick start their academic year by volunteering as a tutor or mentor. Please contact us for more information.

Once-off volunteer opportunities
Would you still like to volunteer but have found that you can’t commit to a full term of tutoring and mentoring due to a demanding schedule?  That’s okay! There are so many more ways to volunteer with us, apart from becoming a volunteer tutor or mentor. You can apply to become one of our ambassadors or contribute by writing a guest blog. To find out more about volunteer opportunities with GT Scholars contact us or visit this blog page.

Why run free enrichment events?
Ever wondered why we run free enrichment and skill building events? Find out what inspired founder Temi Kamson to start hosting these events and how young people can benefit from attending our free events just as she once did and how it changed her life. You can read the full story by visiting our website and reading this blog post.  

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. Our after-school tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programmes are designed to help young people aged 11-18 achieve their academic and career aspirations. Contact us if you’d like to know more about the GT Scholars Programme and how you can make a significant difference in young people’s lives.

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

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

Friends of GT Scholars

We’ve come to the end of another academic year!

Thank you for your dedication and contribution to the scholars. We had really positive feedback from our young people and parents showing that the programme had a huge impact on their confidence, attitude to learning and academic attainment. Without the support of our volunteers, we would not have been able to make such a positive impact.  If you would like to volunteer as a mentor or tutor in the new academic year starting September, please contact us.

Maths Marathon Feedback
Last Saturday, we hosted our final enrichment event for the academic year – The Maths Marathon. This was held at Goldsmiths University. The event was a great success and the young people had a great time while learning new maths concepts. Thank you to all the volunteers who were able to volunteer their time to help out at the event! Your help on the day was invaluable! If you would like to support us at our next event, have a look at this blog which explains more about how you can help us as an Events Team volunteer.

Supporters & Partners
We also would like to say thank our supporters such as Blackrock, Amazon and Goldsmiths University, who have enabled us to offer our programmes to young people from low income homes, who would otherwise have been able to receive private tutoring, mentoring or enrichment activities. Their contribution plays a huge part in making a difference in the lives of our scholars. Click here to see a full list of our supporters. If you work with an organisation or University that could further support our scholars, please get in touch as we are always looking for venues to host our workshops as well as universities and corporate organisations to partner with.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. Our after-school tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programmes are designed to help young people aged 11-18 achieve their academic and career aspirations. Contact us to find out how you can join us a volunteer tutor or mentor and make a difference in young people’s lives.

How you can make a difference as an Events Team Volunteer and help us at our events, workshops and courses!

How you can make a difference as an Events Team Volunteer and help us at our events, workshops and courses!

Volunteer roles Volunteers

About GT Scholars
The GT Scholar’s programme is a social enterprise that consists of two programmes: The Academic Programme which offers online one-to-one tutoring and the Awards Programme that focuses on mentoring.

As part of both programmes, we also offer free access to our enrichment and skill building events that are hosted throughout London.  These events are designed for young people aged 11-18 years of age and include activities such as STEM activity days, study skill workshops and career days and trips to the city. We also run parent workshops and community engagement events to ensure that parents are aware of the academic and career opportunities available to their children.

What makes us different?
There are a range of charitable organisations and social enterprises offering programmes to improve the life chances of young people. However, The GT Scholars programme has the capacity to work with all state school pupils, not just those on Free School Meals. This means that pupil parents do not have to be on benefits and pupils do not need to be referred by their school in order to qualify for support.

What does volunteering at an event involve?
Volunteers who are interested in getting involved and supporting us at our events can help assist with various tasks and responsibilities.

  • You will need to arrive on time. If an event starts at 10:00am you will need to be there by 9:30am to meet the team and gain an overview of the event with the event coordinator.
  • You will help with setting up and clearing up at events.
  • You will assist to coordinate a smooth arrival and registration as well as departure for attendees and other guests. This can also include maintaining the register and managing any late attendees.
  • Assist with the coordination of lunch or refreshments for attendees.
  • Support workshop facilitators with managing groups of young people or parents.
  • Help with the distribution of stationary and workshop material.
  • Assist the event coordinator with ensuring the health and safety of attendees and overall risk management at events.
  • Give feedback to the event coordinators and programme managers at the end of each event.

When and where do our events take place?
Our events take place throughout various parts of London. Our events mostly take place on Saturdays from 10am to 4pm and we often have some events on weekday evenings, like our volunteer meetups, which takes place from 6pm to 9pm.

How much time do Event Team Volunteers commit to?
This is a flexible volunteering role. You will be volunteering as part of the Events Team and you’ll need to be available for approximately 6 events per year. All of our events take place on the weekend or weekday evenings and range from 2 to 8 hours in length.

To get started you’ll need to:
Be passionate and committed to tackling educational inequality

  • Be able to support at events as part of a diverse Events Team
  • Enjoy working with children and young people
  • Be able to remain calm under pressure
  • Be punctual and organised
  • Possess strong communication skills
  • Have excellent time management skills
  • Be able to work well as part of a team

Other important information for this role:
Please note that this is a volunteering role where you will be interacting with young people, therefore the following information must be noted:

  • Enhanced DBS check –  Before you can join the Events Team you will need to have a valid Enhanced DBS check that is dated within the last three years. If you do not have one we can process one for you. Please contact our office for further information on this.
  • Pictures – Please refrain from taking any pictures on the day, especially of the young people this forms part of our data and security policy. The volunteer photographer/videographer at the event will be responsible for capturing the day.
  • GDPR – To ensure we comply with the latest GDPR rules all data must be treated as confidential and must be returned to the events coordinator at the end of the event. Especially documents such as the attendance register.
  • Training – You will be provided with support and training for your role and will be briefed with any additional information on the day of the event.
  • Travel expenses -Any travel expenses within London will be reimbursed up to the amount of £12 for any session.

How to apply: Please attach your CV and a short cover letter through our contact form.

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Could you join us next term as a tutor?

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Could you join us next term as a tutor?

Friends of GT Scholars

We hope that your week has been great so far and that you are looking forward to the weekend, but before it begins we would like to share a couple of things with you.

Could you join us in the new term as a mentor?
Could you volunteer your time to mentor for 2 hours a month and help a young person grow and achieve their aspirations? Our mentoring programme is one of our most popular and rewarding programmes and we are expecting an influx of scholars to join this programme in the new academic year. Our goal is to match all scholars on the programme with mentors within the first two weeks of the programme. If you are available to mentor, please feel free to contact us for more information.

Do you know of someone who would like to volunteer?
We are always trying to increase our reach and impact to ensure we help as many young people as possible. Our volunteers are one of our most important cornerstones and we are always interested in meeting new potential volunteers. If you know of someone who will make a great volunteer tutor or mentor you can refer them to our contact page or let them know about our next volunteer meetup which will be in the next couple of weeks.

What are the qualities of a good tutor?
It takes a special person with a certain set of qualities to be a good tutor. Being an expert in a subject is not the most important aspect of tutoring. The knowledge must still be successfully passed on to the tutee. A good tutor has a special combination of qualities which includes subject knowledge, patience and adaptability. This blog post list 7 personal qualities of a good tutor.  

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. Our after-school tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programmes are designed to help young people aged 11-18 achieve their academic and career aspirations. Contact us to find out how you can join us a volunteer tutor or mentor and make a difference in young people’s lives.

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Are you available Saturday 14th July?!

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Are you available Saturday 14th July?!

Friends of GT Scholars

Tomorrow is World Chocolate Day! It is a great way to start to the weekend with the perfect excuse to indulge in some sweet cocoa delight. But before the weekend officially starts we would like to share a few things with you.

Volunteer at The Maths Marathon!
If you love maths and would like to support young people in developing their math skills, this is the perfect event for you to volunteer at. The Maths Marathon will take place at Goldsmiths University on Saturday 14th July 2018. Please  contact us for more information about the event and how to volunteer.

Could you join us next term as a tutor?
The summer holidays are only three weeks away but it also means that the new academic year is around the corner. We have received a lot of interest from scholars wanting to join our academic programme and we are hoping to have matched all scholars with tutors within the first two weeks of the term. Could you volunteer your time to tutor for one hour a week and make a difference in a young person’s life? If so, please feel free to contact us for more information.

What are the qualities of a good mentor?
Mentoring is more than just giving advice and guidance. A mentor is someone who has certain qualities and this normally includes a special combination of knowledge, adaptability, experience and wisdom. This blog post serves for a great read and lists 7 personal qualities of a good mentor.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. Our after-school tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programmes are designed to help young people aged 11-18 achieve their academic and career aspirations. Contact us to find out how you can join us a volunteer tutor or mentor and make a difference in young people’s lives.

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Volunteer at our next event!

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Volunteer at our next event!

Friends of GT Scholars

We hope you’ve had a great week so far and that the upcoming weekend will be a pleasant one! Here is a couple to things we would like to share with you before the weekend kicks off.

Volunteer at our next event!
We are in the midst of planning another exciting scholar event. This event will take place on Saturday 14th July 2018. If you would like to volunteer as part of our events team please contact us for more information about the event.
Do you have photography experience?
Share your skill and help us capture great photos of our enrichment and skill building events by becoming a volunteer photographer. Anyone looking to volunteer but also enjoys photography or someone who is looking to build up their portfolio will enjoy this role. Contact us if you would like to find out more.

Young choices!
With the end of the academic year fast approaching, many young people are faced with important choices that will affect their future, especially when it comes to their education. This blog post can help young people towards making a well informed decision about what options are available post 16.  Share this with your tutee or mentee to help them make the right choice for themselves.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. Our after-school tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programmes are designed to help young people aged 11-18 achieve their academic and career aspirations. Contact us to find out how you can join us a volunteer tutor or mentor and make a difference in young people’s lives.