Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – A slightly later edition of Friends of GT Scholars!

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – A slightly later edition of Friends of GT Scholars!

Friends of GT Scholars

I hope you had a great week and hope you’re looking forward to a fun-filled weekend. We’ve been busy preparing for our new intake which explains why you’re receiving a much much later edition of ‘Friends of GT scholars’ this week!

To tutor or mentor? That is the question!
Thanks to the Guardian article from a couple of weeks ago, we received a huge amount of applications for young people wanting to join us next term! This is great news but it has also meant that we’ve been working hard to respond to requests and working slightly longer hours over the past couple of weeks! (We’ve even had to call on some old colleagues to come back for a few weeks to help out – Huge shout out to Kelen!)

Anyways, to the point – We’re looking for volunteer tutors and mentors to join us next term. We’d love to hear from you if you can volunteer for one hour a week giving online one-to-one tutoring sessions in Maths or English. Alternatively, you can volunteer for two hours a month mentoring a young person. If you’re passionate about social mobility and would like to help young people reach their goals and raise their aspirations, then please get in touch!

Update on the Volunteer Meetup
With our second term fast approaching and the huge amount of interest received for our programmes, we’ve had to focus our attention on preparing for the new term and we’ve decided to postpone the Volunteer Meetup until early 2019. Thankfully 2019 is not too far away! We’ll send further details in the new year.

Do you know someone who would like to volunteer?
And finally, if you know of someone in particular who would make a great volunteer tutor or mentor you can refer them to our contact page. Alternatively, you can get in touch with us and we’ll send you some material that you can forward to friends and colleagues.

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.

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars –   Join us for our volunteer Meetup!

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Join us for our volunteer Meetup!

Friends of GT Scholars

Good Morning! I hope you had a great week and that your Friday will launch you into a beautiful weekend. But before the weekend kicks off I’d like to share a few things with you.

Volunteer Meetup
Join us for our Volunteer Meetup on Thursday evening the 13th of December from 7pm to 9pm and get a chance to meet fellow volunteers and workshop facilitators. You will receive an invitation with all the details shortly. In the meantime, pencil the date in your diary and join our Meetup group to stay up to date with all the details.

Have you heard our alumni’s story?
The Guardian recently published a story about one of our alumni, Micheal Olorode who opened up about the challenges he faces having to work 38 hours a week in order to support his studies. The fourth-year Biomedical student shares his incredible story and also talks about how being on the GT Scholars programme has helped him stay motivated and determined to reach his goals. You can read the full article here. In response, someone has also started a GoFundMe campaign to help Micheal with fees for the final part of his degree course.

Volunteer in Term 2
Term 2 is fast approaching and will run from January to April 2019. In January we will also launch the Head Start Programme for young people in Years 7 & 8. If you are available to volunteer as a tutor or mentor in Term 2 please let us know by contacting us here and we will get in touch with you once we start the scholar matching process in December.

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.

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Could you help raise the aspirations of young people living in care?

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Could you help raise the aspirations of young people living in care?

Friends of GT Scholars

Happy Friday! I hope you’re having a good day so far and that you are looking forward to the weekend. Here’s a couple of things I would like to share with you before the weekend begins.

Volunteer as part of the Raising Aspirations Programme!
Did you know that young people living in care are statistically less likely to pursue further education or training after school with just 7% attending university? From January 2019, we will be running the Raising Aspirations Programme, working with Looked After Children between the ages of 13-15 living in the London boroughs of Greenwich and Bromley, giving them a chance to learn key skills, gain mentorship and visit top universities and corporations in London. If you would be interested in volunteering as part of this programme, please get in touch and we’ll share more details on how to get involved!

Volunteer Meetup – Thursday 13th December!
Our next Volunteer Meetup will be on Thursday 13th December from 7-9pm and we hope that you can join us! Our Volunteer Meetups are a great place for our volunteers, trustees and workshop facilitators to meet and mingle! We’ll also be sharing some important updates for the year. If you’re a new volunteer, you are welcome to join us for the meetup. We will email further details in the next few days. Please join our Meetup group here to stay updated with the Meetup details.

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.

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars –  Event volunteers needed for 24th November!

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Event volunteers needed for 24th November!

Friends of GT Scholars

Friday rolls over once again and I hope that you will have a great one! In this week’s newsletter, I’d like to tell you about volunteer opportunities at our next event and a new programme for young people in care!

Join our panel of judges
We are hosting a Dragon’s Den Challenge for our scholars next Saturday the 24th of November. The event will take place at Goldsmiths University in New Cross from 10am to 4pm. We are looking for volunteers to join the judging panel or just support as event volunteers. You can volunteer for the full day or for a few hours depending on your availability. Find out more about the event here and let us know if you can help.

Raising Aspirations Programme
We will be launching a programme in January 2019 that specifically focus on working with Looked After Children aged 14-16. The Raising Aspirations Programme is a collaboration between GT Scholars and the boroughs of Greenwich and Bromley. We are looking for volunteers to be part of this programme and help inspire these young people. If this sounds like something that you are interested in, please contact us and we’ll share more details about this programme with you. We’d love to hear back from you!

Nominate a scholar
Nominations for our Scholar Spotlight Series are now open. This series will focus on our top scholars and the progress they’ve made since joining the programme. If you have a scholar that you would like to nominate you can do so by getting in touch and also tell us why you’ve nominated the scholar.

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.

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars –  Volunteer at our Dragon’s Den Challenge!

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Volunteer at our Dragon’s Den Challenge!

Friends of GT Scholars

Happy Friday! I hope you had a great week and that you’ve got something fun planned for the weekend. But before the weekend starts I’d like to share a few things with you in this week’s newsletter.

Can you help us at our next event?
We have a few workshops coming up in the next couple of weeks. They will take place on Saturdays and will run from 10am to 4pm. We need volunteers that can help out at our events taking place on the 24th of November as well as the 8th and 15th of December. You do not have to be available for the duration of the event and can only volunteer for a few hours if need be. If you would like to help at this event please let us know by contacting us here. I look forward to hearing from you!

Free resources!
If you are planning your next tutoring or mentoring session and looking for some fresh ideas you might find these websites useful. This website can help mentors plan their sessions and provide a few challenges and exercises for their mentees. Please remember to use these worksheets as guidance and not as the main point of conversation. Tutors can find free teaching resources by visiting the BBC Bitesize website which has plenty of amazing resources available to keep your lessons fresh! Join our active volunteers’ support group to find out more about this new exciting virtual gathering!

Speed volunteering opportunities
If you run a tight schedule but would still like to ‘’pay it forward’’ without the long-term commitment of becoming a volunteer tutor or mentor, we have a few volunteer opportunities for you to consider. If you enjoy writing you can be a guest blogger and write an article for our blog or perhaps you could apply to be a volunteer ambassador and connect us with a company that could help us with venue space or funding. Please feel free to contact us to set up a phone meeting to discuss the details.

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.

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars –  Join us for our next Volunteer Meetup!

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Join us for our next Volunteer Meetup!

Friends of GT Scholars

I hope your week kicked off to a great start and that you are having a good Friday so far. The weekend is almost here and I would just like to tell you about a few things before it officially starts.

Apply for our School Partnership Manager role
We are looking for a School Partnership Manager to join our team. If you have excellent presentation skills and some knowledge and experience working in the education sector, we’d like to hear from you. The School Partnership Manager will be responsible for meeting with school leaders and parents to discuss and pitch our programme as well as deliver presentations at schools across London. You can find out more about this role here or contact us to apply.

Volunteer meetup
It’s almost time for our next Volunteer Meetup! Our Meetups offer you the chance to meet your fellow volunteers and freelancers 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. We will confirm the details of this Meetup shortly but in the meantime, you are more than welcome to join our Meetup group here – it is a great way to stay updated with the Meetup details.

Volunteers for term 2
Term 1 is almost halfway through, with Term 2 starting in just a couple of months. Time sure flies! We would like to find out about your availability to tutor and mentor in the next term. Term 2 will run from January to March 2019 and we will also be launching our Head Start Programme for young people in Years 7 & 8. Online tutoring sessions are normally an hour long and take place once a week and mentoring sessions are about 2hrs long scheduled to take place once a month. If you are available to volunteer in Term 2 please let us know by getting in touch.

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.

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Would you be able to help at #GirlMeetsCode?

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Would you be able to help at #GirlMeetsCode?

Friends of GT Scholars

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

Help needed for tomorrow’s event!
We are in need of two more volunteers to help at tomorrow’s event from 9:30am to 12:30pm. The #GirlMeetsCode event will focus on introducing girls aged 11-16 to the world of coding. Event volunteers will help with the initial registration process and support the scholars during the workshop. You don’t have to know anything about coding to help out! We’ve got lunch sorted and we’ll reimburse any travel expenses up to £12 for the day. Please let us know if you are interested and we will get in touch to go through the final details.

Help us reach more volunteers
We are all connected in some way (6 degrees of separation is pretty much becoming 3 degrees) and that’s why word of mouth is such a powerful tool! You can help us reach more volunteers by connecting us with your company or community group. We will often set up a date to speak to your group and do a short pitch about how they can volunteer with us. If you can help us get connected contact us by confirming the best number and time to reach you on and we’ll get in touch.

Learn a skill and volunteer
With SkillsxChange you can learn awesome new photography skills. You can refine your skills by attending a photography or videography course with SkillsxChange and helping us capture great photos of our enrichment and skill-building events. This is the perfect opportunity for anyone that enjoys photography and wants to learn for free. Please feel free to contact us for more information about this role.

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.

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Are you available on Saturday 20th October?

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Are you available on Saturday 20th October?

Friends of GT Scholars

Happy Friday! We hope you had a great week and that you have some exciting plans lined up for the weekend! Before the weekend officially starts, we would like to tell you about a few volunteer opportunities.

Event volunteers needed!
We are looking for volunteers to support us at our next event. The #GirlMeetsCode workshop will introduce girls aged 11-16 to the world of coding and will take place on Saturday the 20th of October from 10am-4pm at Launch 22 at Old Street. If you are available to help at this event please get in touch with us for more information about the workshop and how to volunteer.

Volunteer as a guest blogger
Another great way to volunteer with us is to contribute to our blog. The blog is a great way to share your ideas with young people and their parents. It’s also a great way to share your thoughts about your industry or career and any lessons you’ve learned that can help our scholars. Have a look at this previous blog entry from one of our volunteers to get an idea of the blogging style. If you don’t have time to write a blog but would still like to contribute, please contact us as we’d be more than happy to co-write the blog with you!

Spotlight on Volunteers
Our Volunteer Spotlight interview series is our way of highlighting the amazing things that our volunteers do and sharing more about their talent, dedication and motivation for volunteering. If you’ve volunteered as a tutor, mentor or helped out at one or more of our events in the past year, we’d love to schedule an interview with you to find out more about your volunteering journey. We will be doing a round of phone calls to find our next set of volunteers for the spotlight series but please feel free to contact us if you’d like to get involved.

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.

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.