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

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

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It’s the weekend! It’s been a great week with a bank holiday on Monday and we’ve ended the week with blue skies and sunshine! I really hope that the weather stays this way all weekend and it’s the start of a great summer – we all need it! Here is this week’s newsletter!

Spotlight on one of our scholars on the Headstart Programme – Priscilla
Our latest scholar spotlight interview was with one of our scholars who’s currently in year 11 and was on our Headstart Programme last term. Priscilla is an ambitious young lady with great plans for the future. She is aspiring to become a lawyer one day and she talks about how her Maths and English tutors have helped her to achieve her academic goals and the impact being on the GT Scholars programme has had on her. Read her full interview by following this link.

Could you facilitate an online workshop?
As some of you might already know, we’re in the process of moving our workshops online. At the moment we’re looking for facilitators that can help us to run these workshops online. The workshop topics will range from coding, financial literacy, entrepreneurship and growth-mindset. If you have workshop facilitating experience or you know of someone who would like to get involved, please let me know.

Virtual Roadshow – Can you arrange an introduction?
As part of our new upcoming online programme, we are looking to form new connections with companies that have a global outlook. We’re in the process of setting up a “Virtual Roadshow” and we would like to meet with companies that are interested in helping young people, to explain to them how they can get involved. If you know someone within your company that is responsible for CSR and you can help with setting up an introduction, please get in touch!


Have a fantastic weekend!

 

Marilyn van Heerden

Friends of GT Scholars – Can you help us with our first Virtual Roadshow?!

Friends of GT Scholars – Can you help us with our first Virtual Roadshow?!

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Happy Friday! Summer is pretty much here and I can hardly contain my excitement! The weather has been so good and there are lots of great things happening at GT Scholars – I really think the sunshine is amplifying things! In just a few weeks, I’ll share the exciting things we’ve been working on. But for now, I’ll focus on the present – Here is this week’s newsletter!

Virtual Roadshow – Could you arrange an introduction for us?
There’s an exciting new programme coming up which we’re co-designing with some of our amazing young people! We’re looking to form new connections with companies that have a global outlook and an interest in helping young people from diverse backgrounds achieve their aspirations. We’re in the process of setting up a “Virtual Roadshow” where we’ll meet with different companies and explain how they can get involved. If you know someone within your company that is responsible for CSR and you can set up an introduction, please get in touch!

Make the most of your tutoring or mentoring sessions this term!
The term has officially started, a little later than usual, but it’s now in full swing. Thanks again to everyone that confirmed their availability. If you’ve not received your tutee or mentee match details yet, please keep an eye on your inbox, I’ll be confirming the last matches for the term by Monday at the latest. I’ll also be sharing some blogs in this newsletter to help you increase the impact of your tutoring or mentoring sessions. In this blog, you can find out how you can make the most out of your volunteering experience.

Share, Like & Repost!
We’d love for you to help us climb the social media ladder so we can let more volunteers and young people know about our programmes and how they can get involved. We’ve got just over 100 followers on Instagram which is a little bit sad and lonely. We’re planning to up our social media game over the Summer but please help if you can! You can connect with us on all platforms, particularly Instagram and LinkedIn and continue to like and comment on our posts – also feel free to mention GT Scholars in your posts!

Have a terrific weekend!

Marilyn van Heerden

Friends of GT Scholars – Online volunteering opportunities and support!

Friends of GT Scholars – Online volunteering opportunities and support!

Friends of GT Scholars Online volunteering Volunteers

Friends of GT Scholars –  Online volunteering opportunities and support!


Happy Friday! Hope you’re having a good day? We’ve been busy getting started with the new term. Right now, innovation and thinking out the box is a must and no one knows when life will return to normal! Over the past few weeks, we’ve been spending a lot of time brainstorming ideas on how we can pivot and still support young people at this crucial time in their lives. Made you curious? Keep an eye out for more information in the next couple of weeks. But for now, here’s this week’s newsletter.


Join our online meetups for volunteers!
We’re not sure when next we’ll all get to meet in person but thank goodness for Zoom! We’re planning to run monthly online meetups for all volunteers! Whether you are a new volunteer or you’ve volunteered with us for a few months or years, you’re more than welcome to join! During the meet-ups, we’ll run a short Q&A for new volunteers, we’ll also have some time for volunteers and members of our team to give advice and share their experiences. The first session is planned for mid-June and I’ll keep you posted with the details. If you’d like to co-host a session or be on our panel of speakers please get in touch!

Can you help us improve our mentoring worksheets!
We’re updating our mentoring worksheets, adding impactful coaching and mentoring questions to the sheets and providing mentees and volunteer mentors with more information, checklists and exercises to help with mentoring sessions. Thank you to everyone who confirmed their availability. We’ve scheduled an online meeting for Wednesday 20th May from 4pm-5pm. If you’d like to join us for the meeting or have mentored with us before and have an idea of topics that you think will make a great addition to our current worksheets, please let me know.

Check out the *NEW* Online Learning Directory!
If you’ve signed up to tutor with us this term or thinking about volunteering as an online tutor then you definitely need to visit the new GT Scholars learning director! This directory hosts more than 250 free learning websites for young people aged 4-18. You can easily narrow down your online resource search by filtering content by age and subject. There are lots of lesson types to choose from, including interactive stories, lessons, games, activities and revision videos. You can visit The Learning Directory by following this link.

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

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

Friends of GT Scholars

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


Ahh….. Friday you wonderful thing! Even though most of us are working from home, the weekend still has that special feeling that it brings! If you’re looking for something different to do this weekend, go check out Social Distant.Co set up by Tony, a friend of GT Scholars. They’ve got lots of fun online events that will get you moving and activities to get you meeting new people and spending more time with friends and family! But first, let me share this week’s newsletter with you.

 

Thank you for your help this term!
It’s the end of the term and we’d like to say a huge thank you to all the volunteer tutors and mentors for their help this term! Many of our volunteers this term had to juggle sudden changes in work arrangements alongside volunteering but they still showed up for the young people and the feedback has been great! I’d also like to thank everyone who’s helped in other ways like writing a guest blog, featuring in a volunteer spotlight or getting involved with crowdsourcing group projects! I feel privileged to be part of such a talented network!

Can you volunteer as an online tutor or mentor next term?
I’d like to find out if you’d be available to volunteer as an online tutor or mentor next term? I know some volunteers already confirmed their availability- thanks guys! If you’re interested in joining us next term as an online tutor, you’ll need about 1-hr a week to schedule weekly sessions with your tutee. If you’ve been thinking about becoming a volunteer mentor, you’ll need to be free for 6 hours during the 12-week term. The new term will start late April/early May so please let me know if you’d like to get involved by sending a quick email.

Could you help with creating NEW mentoring worksheets?
We have an upcoming short term volunteer opportunity that you can get involved with. We’re looking for 3-4 volunteers to help us with creating new mentoring worksheets! It’s the perfect volunteer project for you if you’ve ever coached or mentored young people before or have some ideas on how to support them with some of the challenges they face. If you have about 4-5 hours to spare and can join our crowdsourcing project meeting next week Wednesday or Thursday, please get in touch.



Have a fantastic weekend!

Friends of GT Scholars – A little gift for you! Yes, you can open it right away!

Friends of GT Scholars – A little gift for you! Yes, you can open it right away!

Friends of GT Scholars

Chin up! It’s Friday! I was really looking forward to writing this week’s newsletter, just so that I can share some positive vibes with you! It’s not the greatest time for any of us right now but I am really blown away by all the good deeds people are doing. Like the guy who took his dog for a walk with his drone! You know we just have to pay it forward now! This week we’ve got a couple of favours to ask and… surprise! There’s a special bonus for you at the end!

Have you updated your LinkedIn profile yet?
Have you updated your LinkedIn profile yet since becoming a volunteer with GT scholars? If you’ve recently volunteered with us, don’t forget to add GT Scholars to your LinkedIn experience section! If you haven’t done so already – it’s really easy to do! You just need to add new experience (even if it was in the past) and when it requests for the company you worked at, type in ‘GT Scholars’ or ‘The GT Scholars Programme’. Also, feel free to connect with GT Scholar’s founder, Temi Kamson and she’ll definitely accept your request!!

Could you free up 4 hours next week for an Online Volunteering Project?
So while we’re on the topic of adding volunteering to your LinkedIn profile, why not volunteer a few hours this month or next month?! As mentioned, we’ll be needing volunteers to help us with our online courses and resources for young people. We’ve been really busy lately, with many enquiries from parents. Many have asked if we can collate learning resources that young people can use over the next few weeks. We’re looking for a few volunteers, about 2-3 people, who’d like to get involved in a short project crowdsourcing online learning resources for young people. If you have 4-8 hours to spare next week, please contact us and I’ll fill you in on the details!

Get LinkedIn to work for you!

Now that we’re all stuck at home, it makes perfect sense to boost your online presence and your personal brand. Temi’s been talking about doing this for years – so right now she has no excuse! So to give you some background, Richard is a really good friend of GT Scholars. Temi did a talk in 2018 at one of his London Events – Entrepreneur Business Live (Remember when we used to leave our homes and meet up without a care in the world?) Anyway, Richard also happens to be an authority on LinkedIn with over 20,000 followers! He runs business events in London and Miami and he’s currently offering his Basics of LinkedIn course for free if you register before the end of the week – register now if you can and also send him a thank you from us!

Have a great weekend!

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

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

Friends of GT Scholars Online volunteering Volunteers

Happy Friday! How are you? I hope well and that you’ve had a great week so far? Since we’re all probably planning to spend more time at home for a while,  I was looking for something fun to do. (There’s only so much Netflix one can watch!) So I surfed the internet for some inspiration and I came across EarthCam and WebcamTaxi where you can watch live HD video feeds of different countries, iconic landmarks and even wildlife! Who says you can’t have the best of both worlds?

We’re creating some new Online courses for young people!
Over the next couple of weeks, we are going to be a bunch of busy bees creating online courses for young people. Not only will it allow more young people to join our courses but it will also allow us to reach out to young people living outside of London. The online workshop will cover a range of topics including growth mindset, study skills, applying to university, Oxbridge, choosing a career and time management. If you’d like to get involved in helping us, please get in touch

Online Parent information sessions!
We’re doing our next parent information session a little bit differently this time. We’ll be hosting our next parent information session online.  We’re looking for 3-4 volunteers who would like to join our virtual panel of speakers and share their volunteer experience with parents interested in joining the programme next term. This will be a 10-minute video insert during the session. Please let me know if you’d like to join the panel.

Are you available to tutor or mentor next term!
We’re almost at the end of the term with less than 4 weeks left! Thanks to everyone who volunteered this term! You guys are doing a great job! With the new term just around the corner, I’d like to find out if you would be available to volunteer next term. Online volunteer tutors schedule weekly 1-hr sessions and mentors divide their sessions up into monthly 2-hour or bi-weekly 1-hr sessions. If you would like to sign up as an online volunteer tutor or mentor for the next 12-week term starting 20th April, please contact me

Have a lovely weekend!

Friends of GT Scholars – It’s all about having some fun and helping young people!

Friends of GT Scholars – It’s all about having some fun and helping young people!

Friends of GT Scholars

And Friday rolls over again! With everything that’s going on in the world lately, I’ve decided to do something fun this weekend. I believe everyone needs to have more fun because it relieves stress, uplifts your mood and it can even boost productivity and innovation!  So whatever you’ve got planned for the weekend, I hope you’ll find some time to have a bit of fun! If Hillary can, so can we! Since we’re on the subject, here are some fun volunteering opportunities for you to get involved with.

Would you like to help out with our study skills workshop?
We’re looking for volunteers to help out at our ‘Annual Ready, Set Go: Acing Your Exams!’ workshop, which is a study skills workshop to help young people ace their exams. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet our scholars and interact with young people from a range of backgrounds, helping them with some fun skill-building activities. The workshop will take place on Saturday 14th March at Goldsmiths University and will run from 10am – 4pm. Please let me know if you’re available to help on the day!

Fancy featuring in our volunteer spotlight?
We’re looking for volunteers to feature in our next volunteer spotlight video interview series (we promise to film your good side!) We’ve still got a few spots left in our schedule and would love to hear more about your volunteer experience and how you’ve been able to help your scholar! Camera shy? Don’t worry, we can set up a phone interview instead. If you’ve volunteered with us in the last 6 months and would like to feature in our next spotlight, please get in touch! I’ll also be making some calls in the next couple of weeks.

How to make the most out of the volunteering experience!
Enjoying yourself is one of the most important factors in making the most of your volunteering experience. This is why it is so important to engage in volunteer work that is in line with your passion, interests, and personal goals. Volunteering is about giving up some of your time and using your skills to help others. But have you ever thought about how volunteering can make a significant impact on your life as well? To find out how volunteering can impact your life and how to make the most out of your volunteering experience follow this link to our blog.

 

Have a great weekend!

Friends of GT Scholars – Exciting event volunteer opportunities you can look forward to!

Friends of GT Scholars – Exciting event volunteer opportunities you can look forward to!

Friends of GT Scholars

Happy Friday! It’s raining again today and we’ve already really had our fair share of storms this year! Over the past few weeks we’ve had Storm Brendan, Ciara, Dennis and now on its way this weekend it’s Storm Jorge! Thankfully the day after tomorrow is officially the start of Spring and we’ve got a few exciting events lined up for you to get involved with!

Would you like to help out with our study skills workshop?
We’re looking for volunteers to help out at our ‘Annual Ready, Set, Go!’ workshop, which is a study skills workshop to help young people ace their exams. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet our scholars and interact with young people from a range of backgrounds, helping them with some skill-building activities. The workshop will take place on Saturday 14th March at Goldsmiths University and will run from 10am – 4pm. If you’re interested in getting involved please get in touch!

Upcoming Inspiring Future Leaders workshops
By now you might already be familiar with our new leadership programme, Inspiring Future Leaders. The programme focuses on helping young boys, between the ages of 12-14 overcome challenges, develop leadership skills and reach their aspirations. The programme includes 10 skill-building and enrichment sessions that take place during its 6-month run. If you’d like to help out at any of these workshops, please get in touch. For a full schedule on workshop and dates please click here.

Would you like to be a speaker at Careers Day 2020?
Would you like to be part of the panel of speakers at this year’s Careers Day? I’m busy planning the panel of speakers for the day and I’m looking for a few more volunteers from different backgrounds ie the financial sector, technology sector, legal sector and the medical sector. As a speaker, you’ll need to prepare a 2-3min talk sharing your career success story and informing young people and their parents about opportunities available to young people, you’ll also need to be available to be on the panel and answer questions from the young people. Thanks to everyone who’s already responded to state their interest! Please let me know if you’d like to get involved!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Friends of GT Scholars – Looking for Speakers for Careers Day 2020!

Friends of GT Scholars – Looking for Speakers for Careers Day 2020!

Friends of GT Scholars

It’s finally Friday! It’s been really busy over here with the launch of the new Inspiring Future Leaders programme, with two back-to-back workshops yesterday and today. Thanks to all the volunteers and workshop facilitators who are helping on these days! You’re the best! There are lots more events coming up this year, so please stay tuned for more details. Let’s start with what’s lined up for the next few weeks.

 

Would you like to be a speaker at Careers Day 2020?
The 5th Annual GT Scholars Career Day at Goldsmiths University is coming up soon and we’re really looking forward to it. It’s one of our most popular workshops and it’s always great to bring parents, scholars and volunteers together. I’m busy planning the panel of speakers for the day and I’m looking for volunteers from different career backgrounds to speak on the day, sharing their career success stories and opportunities available with young people and their parents. If you’d like to get involved, please get in touch with me.

Do you know of a great venue?
We’ve got over 10 events lined up over the next 6 months and we still need to confirm venues for a few of them. The perfect venue for our scholar workshops and volunteer meetups should be central, big enough to host up to 35 people and preferably bright with AV facilities. If you know of a great space at your workplace or local to you that we can contact to enquire about rates and venue availability please let me know. I’d really appreciate your suggestions!

How to make mentoring sessions impactful
The Inspiring Future Leaders programme has officially kicked off and that means we now have two great programmes offering volunteer mentoring opportunities. There’s definitely a lot of mentoring going around! It might not be your first mentoring rodeo or you might be getting ready for your very first mentoring session or perhaps you might be thinking of becoming a volunteer mentor. Whichever the case this blog can help you make your sessions interesting and impactful!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Friends of GT Scholars – Would you like to support young people in tech?

Friends of GT Scholars – Would you like to support young people in tech?

Friends of GT Scholars

Happy Valentines Day! It’s the day of love and it seems that it’s also the day for pets!! Did you know that more than 9 million people are expected to buy gifts for their pets this Valentine’s Day? I’d be curious to know what gifts people go out and buy? What would you look for? Would you wrap it up? Do you include a card? What’s the etiquette here? Oh well – the weekend is finally here and I’ve got a few things to share with you…


For the love of tech!
We’re planning to run a 6-month GirlMeetsCode programme for girls to help develop their coding skills and learn more about the opportunities available in this field. We’re looking for corporates who are interested in supporting programmes in tech. If you can help by introducing us to a contact in your network who might be interested in supporting the girls on this programme and partnering with us, feel free to send me a quick email!

More volunteer opportunities you’ll love!
Time is one of the biggest deciding factors when it comes to volunteering. Our schedules are full and we can quickly become swept away by the everyday hustle. Luckily, we have a few volunteer opportunities that don’t require a fixed-term commitment like with our volunteer tutor and mentor roles. There are still ways you can help this term and make a significant impact. To find out more about some of our quick and easy volunteer opportunities click here

Communication tips for volunteers!
To build a successful relationship with your tutee and mentee you’ll need great communication skills! Young people like to be heard and having a good line of communication between you and your scholar is invaluable. As a volunteer working with young people you really want to make the best of your sessions and make sure that they take in the knowledge and advice, you share with them. This blog on communication is really insightful and you can read the full post here.

Have a lovely weekend!