Friends of GT Scholars – Thank you for coming to the End of Year Celebration!!

Friends of GT Scholars – Thank you for coming to the End of Year Celebration!!

Friends of GT Scholars What's new?

We’re nearly at the end of 2019!! It’s been a great year for GT Scholars and it’s been brilliant working with all of our amazing volunteers, workshop facilitators and friends! We had our end of year celebration on Wednesday night and as of today, it’s officially only 12 days til Christmas! Read on to find out how more about the evening and a few important dates.

Thank you for coming to the End of Year Celebration!
It was awesome to spend the evening with our volunteers, workshop facilitators and other friends of GT Scholars!! I was told that the young people did a brilliant job hosting the activities and there were some really competitive teams on the day! Once again thank you to everyone that was able to come along – It was great to have you there! We’re planning on having more meetups next year and as usual, I’ll keep you updated via the newsletter.

Is volunteering on the cards for you in 2020?
Can you believe 2020 is less than 3 weeks away?! We’ll be welcoming our new scholars in January 2020 and we want to make sure that we can match as many scholars as we can with a mentor and an English or Maths tutor. The new term will run from early January until mid-April 2020. If you’ve not confirmed your availability yet, please drop me a quick email. You can volunteer as a tutor for 1 hour a week or mentor for 6hrs during the term. I’m looking forward to hearing from you and finding you a match!

We’re closing for the festive season!
Everyone at GT Scholars will be taking a little break over the festive season! Please note that we’ll be closed from next week Friday 20th December, but we’ll be back, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready for the new year on Monday 6th of January. Please feel free to email or call us if you need to speak to us before we close for the holidays.

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 11-18 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.

Friends of GT Scholars – Could you be on the panel for our Dragon’s Den Challenge?

Friends of GT Scholars – Could you be on the panel for our Dragon’s Den Challenge?

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Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a great week so far? It’s definitely been a great week for our furry friends across the world – now that the queen has given up fur!!! I’m surprised it’s taken this long to make this change but better late than never! We’ve got some exciting opportunities this week including Dragon’s Den (And of course, No Dragons were harmed in the production of this event!) Scroll down to find out more…

Can you join our panel of judges?
In a couple of weeks, we’ll be hosting the annual Dragon’s Den Challenge which will take place during Global Entrepreneurship Week! This workshop will give young people the opportunity to work in groups and come up with a business idea to present to a panel of judges. This is a really fun way for them to boost their presentation and entrepreneurial skills. We’re looking for volunteers to be on our panel of judges. The event will take place on Saturday 23rd November at Goldsmiths University in New Cross from 10am – 4pm. Please let me know if you’d like to help!

Volunteer Meetup!
It’s almost time for our next Volunteer Meetup! Our Meetups offer you the chance to meet fellow volunteers and workshop facilitators and also gives us the opportunity to share with you the impact GT Scholars has made in the lives of the young people we work with. New volunteers still in the application stage can also complete their document verification with one of our team members on the day. We still need to finalise a few things and I’ll confirm all the details of this Meetup shortly. In the meantime, you can join our Meetup group here. It’s a great way to stay updated with the Meetup details.

Do you know of any organisations that would like to partner with us?
Did you know that GT Scholars is a registered charity and we run fully funded programmes for different groups of young people, like the Raising Aspirations Programme for young people living in care and the Future Leaders Programme for young people at risk of exclusion? We’re always looking to make new connections and partnerships with other organisations. This could be in the form of financial support, access to volunteers or space for our workshops and events. If you know of any organisations that may be interested in partnering with us, please let me know.

Have a great weekend!

Friends of GT Scholars – Can you volunteer as a mentor with the NEW Future Leaders Programme?

Friends of GT Scholars – Can you volunteer as a mentor with the NEW Future Leaders Programme?

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Happy Friday! I hope your week has been great so far? I guess this weekend might be quite an exciting one for you if you’ve been following the Rugby World Cup! I’m not a huge sports fan but seeing that it’s England vs South Africa in the final tomorrow, I might tune into my patriotic side, load up on snacks and be part of the action this time around! But before we get ready for this weekend I’d like to share this week’s newsletter with you.

 

Could you help a young person at risk of exclusion?
The Future Leaders programme is our new programme sponsored by the Mayor of London and will start in January and run until July 2020. This programme will focus on young boys in London at risk of exclusion, between the ages of 12-14. Young boys joining the programme have been identified as having high aspirations but also struggling with some challenging issues in their personal lives. We’re looking for volunteer mentors to deliver monthly face-to-face mentoring sessions in London. Please feel free to contact me if you’d like more information on mentoring and supporting this group.

Develop your skills through volunteer mentoring!
Volunteer mentoring can be mutually beneficial for both the mentor and mentee on a personal and a professional level. One of our recent blogs lists some of the many useful skills you can develop and apply to your career or personal life by volunteering as a mentor with one of our programmes, whilst making a tangible and effective difference in the lives of young people. You can follow this link to the blog.

Volunteer Skills Survey
We’d like to offer you volunteer opportunities that are more aligned with your skills and interests and give you the opportunity to develop and build on these skills. Our Skills-based volunteering opportunity can empower you to become a change-maker, build on your resume and also give you the opportunity to expand your network. If you’d like to become a skills-based volunteer please complete this volunteer skills survey to tell us more about what you’d like to do or drop me an email and we can set up a call to discuss the possibilities. 

Have a good one!

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 11-18 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.

 

Friends of GT Scholars – More volunteer opportunities you can get involved with!

Friends of GT Scholars – More volunteer opportunities you can get involved with!

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Wow! What a week! I hope you also had a great week and that you’re looking forward to the weekend? It’s been a really busy one here at GT Scholars with three back to back coding events we hosted at Google Academy. I’d like to give a huge thank you to everyone who helped to bring these coding workshops to life! But before the weekend officially starts, I’d like to share this week’s newsletter with you.

A #GirlMeetsCode Programme!
Yes, that’s right! The feedback from this year’s and last year’s #GirlMeetsCode workshop was really positive and we’re planning to run a 9 month GirlMeetsCode programme for next year! This programme will allow more girls to develop their coding skills and learn more about the opportunities available to them in this exciting field. If you would like to get involved as a volunteer and support with this programme or you would like to introduce us to a contact in your network, that could support us, then please get in touch! Feel free to send me a quick email if you can help!

Volunteers needed for our annual Dragon’s Den Challenge!
Global Entrepreneurship Week is coming up and that means it’s time for our Annual Dragon’s Den Challenge. This event is definitely one of our most popular workshops, building presentation skills, entrepreneurial skills, team working skills and communication skills for the young people that join us! We’re looking for volunteers that can help by sitting on the Dragon’s Den judging panel. The event will take place on Saturday 23rd November at Goldsmiths University in New Cross from 10am – 4pm. Please let me know if you’d like to join the panel for this year’s challenge! 

A series of webinars to support our volunteers!
I’m really excited to tell you more about a series of webinars we’ll be running, to support all volunteers. The first one will be in November, aimed at volunteer English tutors and will focus on the English curriculum and teaching techniques. The webinar will take place online and is open to registered English tutors and any new volunteers interested in becoming an English tutor. Please keep an eye on our weekly newsletter for more updates. If you’re interested in attending this workshop or you have a specific idea on a workshop that you’d like us to run, please let me know

Have a terrific weekend!

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 11-18 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.

 

Friends of GT Scholars –  Do you know any young people interested in coding?

Friends of GT Scholars – Do you know any young people interested in coding?

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The weekend is almost here! I hope you’re having a great Friday so far and that the day will turn out to be a perfect start to your weekend. Today’s newsletter is really special to me because it marks the 100th newsletter to be published! Thanks for your continued support and for staying tuned! It’s been great getting the Friends of GT Scholars to your inbox every week!

Do you know any young people interested in coding?
For the first time ever, we’ve been able to offer more places on our skill building days by running the workshops on multiple days! We’ve got Google Academy London to thank for that!  We’ll be running a series of workshops next week during October half-term. These workshops will give young people the chance to learn new coding skills or build on their existing coding skills.  There are a few more spaces left for #GirlMeetsCode. If you know of a young girl between 11-16 who’d like to join us on Tuesday, 22nd October please get in touch with me, we have a special Friends of GT discount code she can use!

Event volunteers needed!
We’re looking for a few more event volunteers to help us at next week’s coding workshops at Google Academy. As an event volunteer, you’ll be helping by welcoming attendees, handing out workshop materials and helping with lunch arrangements. The first workshop, on Tuesday 22nd October, is a girls only event, followed by two more workshops on Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th which are open to all young people. Workshops will run from 10am to 4pm and you can support for a full day or half day, depending on your availability. Please let me know if you can help on any of these days!

Kick off your first tutoring session with a bang!
This week marked the start of our second intake of scholars on the mentoring and tutoring programmes for this term. Out of over 250 applications that we received, we’ve been able to give 22 places to young people to some extremely talented and ambitious young people. If you’ve confirmed your availability you’ll soon hear from us with more information on scholar matches this term. If you’re already thinking of ideas to make your tutoring sessions fun, then this blog will definitely have a few ideas you can use and add to your tutoring sessions. 

Have a fantastic weekend!

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 11-18 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.

Friends of GT Scholars – Thanks for your help!!!

Friends of GT Scholars – Thanks for your help!!!

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TGIF! Can you believe it’s October already – Which really just means it’s nearly Christmas!!! It’s definitely going to be a busy month for us, with our next intake of scholars being matched, followed by our two upcoming skill-building events later this month. This week’s newsletter is all about sharing some good news and thanking everyone for their support over the last few weeks. The first shout out goes to all the tutors and mentors who helped us at the Parent Information Session last week Saturday! Your help is much appreciated!

A huge thank you to our volunteers!
Thank you to the volunteers who signed up to become ambassadors. I’m really excited about the role the ambassador network will play! Would you like to join our network of ambassadors? As an ambassador you’ll be helping us plan our volunteer socials and fundraising events, expand our network and represent GT Scholars at internal and external events. Volunteer ambassadors meet online 4-6 times a year. You can click here for more information about this volunteer role and reply to this mail if you’re interested in becoming an ambassador.

Are you available for volunteer mentoring or tutoring this term?
Thanks to everyone that confirmed their availability to volunteer as a tutor or mentor this term! We’ll be confirming matches in the next couple of days, so please keep an eye on your inbox. The official start date for our last intake of scholars is 14th October and there’s still a bit of time left to confirm your availability. If you’re still thinking of tutoring or mentoring, we have OVER 30 young people that we would love to match so please let me know if you’re available. 

Volunteer mentors needed for the *NEW Future Leaders Programme!*
The Future Leaders programme is a new programme we’ll be running next year for ambitious young boys in London between the ages of 12-15. This programme is an invitation only programme for young boys that have been identified as having high aspirations but also struggling with some challenging issues in their personal lives. The programme will start in January 2020 and run until July 2020. I’ll be sharing more information about the programme and how you can get involved over the next few weeks, but please feel free to contact me in the meantime if you’d like to find out more about how you can get involved in mentoring and supporting this group.

Have a fantastic weekend!

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 11-18 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.

 

Friends of GT Scholars – Can you be a speaker at our information session?

Friends of GT Scholars – Can you be a speaker at our information session?

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Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had an awesome start to the day so far? Over here we’ve been really excited about the large number of parents who’ve been registering their interest to join the programme this term and I’m looking forward to matching everyone with their tutor or mentor and get things rolling. But for now, I’d like to remind you of some volunteer opportunities and share our really cool Thank You Wall with you!

Would you like to share your experience as a tutor or mentor?
We’ll be hosting two parent information sessions on Saturday 28th September. The first session will take place at Kensington Library, W8 7RXR from 10:30am – 12:30pm and the second session will be at Canada Water Theatre, SE16 7AR from 2:30pm – 4:30pm. We still need a few volunteers to join our panel and speak about their volunteer experience. Please let me know if you’d like to join the panel.

We’re looking for volunteers to join our network of ambassadors!
As an ambassador, you’ll help us with planning our volunteer socials and fundraising events. You’ll also be helping us to expand our network and represent GT Scholars at internal and external events. Volunteer ambassadors meet online 4-6 times a year. You can click here for more information about this exciting volunteer opportunity and reply to this mail if you’re interested in becoming an ambassador.

Have you seen our Thank You Wall?
Knowing that the work you’ve done has really made a positive impact in some way is probably one of the best feelings one can have! Our volunteers are amazing and the time and dedication they put in whether it is for tutoring, mentoring or at our enrichment events really has a great impact on the young people they work with. We were so impressed with all the great feedback we’ve received that we just had to find a way to share it with you. We thought that a Thank You Wall would be a great way to do that!

Have a great weekend!

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 11-18 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.

 

Friends of GT Scholars – Are you a volunteer with coding skills?

Friends of GT Scholars – Are you a volunteer with coding skills?

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How are you? I hope you’ve had a great week so far? It’s been quite a busy week for me, getting back into the swing of things and preparing for our first scholar intake on Monday.  I’ve also been enjoying the feedback from the skills survey we’ve been getting! You guys are great! This week I’d like to tell you more about a few of our upcoming events and how you can get involved.

Can you be a speaker at our parent information session!
We need volunteers to sit on our panel at our information sessions for parents who are interested in enrolling their child in one of our programmes. There will be two sessions – the first one will be on Saturday 21st September and the second one will be on Saturday 28th September. Both sessions will take place in central London. If you’d like to join our panel and speak about your volunteer experience, please let me know and I’ll fill you in on the details.

Can you help design a coding workshop?
The next skill-building workshops will take place in mid October and are all about introducing young people to the world of coding. We need volunteers who have some time to spare in September to help us design these workshops. It’s a great volunteer opportunity for someone with coding experience wanting to share their skills. You can help design and deliver the content at our workshops or work behind the scenes (like me), by only being involved with the design part.  Please get in touch if you’re interested or know of anyone who’d like to get involved.

Volunteer Skills Survey
I guess by now you might have seen our email series about our new skills survey. Thanks to everyone who completed it so far! If you don’t know about the survey yet, this survey is for volunteers who want to leverage their skills while improving social mobility for young people in London. Our Skills-based volunteering opportunity can empower you to become a change-maker, build on your resume and also give you the opportunity to expand your network. If you’d like to become a skills-based volunteer please complete this volunteer skills survey to tell us more about what you’d like to do.

 

Have a fantastic weekend!

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 11-18 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.

Friends of GT Scholars – Can you volunteer your time as an English Tutor?

Friends of GT Scholars – Can you volunteer your time as an English Tutor?

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Yay! It’s finally Friday! Over here we’ve been picking up the pace a bit as we move out of summer mode and into gear for the new term starting in just a week. As we plan for the new term, I’d like to tell you about some volunteer opportunities you might like to get involved in this term.

We need Volunteer English Tutors!

I’d like to give a huge shout out to everyone who confirmed their availability this term! We’re still a bit short on English tutors, so we’re looking for volunteers to tutor English up to GCSE level for 1 hour a week for 12 weeks. Please let me know if you can help or forward this email to someone you know of that could help. They can get in touch through the contact page on the website!

Upcoming Event volunteering opportunities
We’re looking for volunteers to help out at our next event. The annual #GirlMeetsCode workshop and will take place at Google in Central London during the October half term. This 3-day event will run from Tuesday 22nd October until Friday 25th October, between 10am-4pm. Please let me know if you can volunteer on any of these days and I’ll fill you in on the details!


Getting ready for your first tutoring or mentoring session this term

If you’ve already confirmed your availability or thinking about volunteering with us this term then this blog will definitely be worth reading. It lists a few ideas on how you can effectively manage your time as a volunteer tutor or mentor and make the most of your volunteering experience.

Enjoy your weekend!

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 11-18 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.

An interview with one of our fantastic volunteer mentors – Nileema Patel

An interview with one of our fantastic volunteer mentors – Nileema Patel

Mentoring Volunteer interviews What's new?

Please tell us a bit about yourself
Many years ago, I used to teach primary school students as a volunteer and that was a very rewarding experience. Unfortunately, due to increasing time commitments elsewhere I couldn’t continue along with that. Recently, when things had settled back down, I realised I wanted to do something to help young people again and came across GT Scholars not long after I started looking for opportunities to do so. It’s been really nice to help out through mentoring, which has been completely different, yet just as rewarding, experience when compared to teaching. Outside of volunteering, I work in healthcare and enjoy baking and reading in my spare time.

How did you first hear about GT Scholars?
I came across GT Scholars through an online search engine. I was looking for an opportunity that would allow me to give more to my community, particularly in a way that would help young people. I went on your website and got a good feeling about the mission, which very much aligns with my values. Reading about Temi and her background was really inspiring and it gave me confidence in GT Scholars as a committed and genuine social enterprise. I got in touch through the online application form and it all went from there really.

What goals have you helped your scholar to achieve?
So this term we focused on public speaking a lot; how to feel more confident and assured. We worked on different techniques to apply before a speaking assignment to see what helped and felt most natural. You know, just simple things like practising a lot, practising with different people, trying out tips from the famous Ted Talk on confidence by Amy Cuddy.

A recurring theme during our sessions has also been about career choices, university choices and progressing to sixth-form. These are longer-term goals that are useful to start thinking about early on and I look forward to helping Erica achieve them as we move into the next term.

What qualities does Erica have that makes her a good mentee?
Erica is a wonderful mentee. She’s punctual, listens well and is forthcoming about topics of interest or any issues that she’s worried about. She’s organised as well and very good at managing her time and extracurricular activities. I think all of those skills really make her a good mentee as well as a good student, and I think this will translate very well professionally, too, in whatever area she decides to go into eventually.

Why do you think mentoring is valuable to young people?
I think the most valuable aspect of mentoring is the confidence that a young person might gain from it. Being a young person, particularly in a big city like London, it can be difficult to have self-confidence. You don’t have a lot of experience and everything seems new and sometimes unapproachable, particularly in areas such as applying to university. So I think the support that comes from mentoring can be extremely valuable in terms of validating a young person’s ideas and goals. Practically, mentoring is a great way to highlight opportunities to get involved in.

What challenges did you face while mentoring your scholar?
For me, the first session was probably the most challenging because I did not have a lot of mentoring experience. However, I found that GT Scholars had sheets to prepare mentors which I read beforehand and which were very helpful in giving me an idea of how to build rapport and understand what the priorities of mentoring are.

I also tried to think back to times I have been mentored in the past, informally and formally. I thought about what made my mentors so good and then tried to embody that in my role as a mentor.

What did you enjoy most about volunteering and mentoring?
I really enjoyed getting to know the mentee, as well as her mother. You know Erica, she’s already a very bright, ambitious person, on the lookout for opportunities to support her goals and a little bit of guidance. I enjoy being a sounding board for her, hearing about her goals and being able to guide her as she achieves them. I particularly like that, over the sessions, I am able to see her progress, and get to hear feedback from her and her mother about how our sessions are impacting her social and academic development.

What have you gained from being a volunteer mentor with GT Scholars?
It’s been really nice to be able to pass along some of the things I have learnt along the way to an enthusiastic young person who might be able to benefit from that advice. Building relationships with the team at GT Scholars, my mentee and her mother, has been personally very rewarding and the whole process has a been wonderful way to give back.