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?

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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!

Friends of GT Scholars – Are you available to help out at one of our events?

Friends of GT Scholars – Are you available to help out at one of our events?

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I hope you’ve had a great week so far and you’re looking forward to the weekend? Did you know that this evening will be the rise of the first super moon of the year? It’s when the moon is at the closest point to earth in its orbit. For science enthusiasts, this is great news… for everyone else, they’re probably wondering why on earth this matters! Either way, the super moon is said to be a beautiful sight!

 

Could you volunteer at one of our upcoming events?
The first couple of workshops for the Inspiring Future Leaders programme will take place on Thursday the 20th and Friday the 21st of February at Google Academy from 10:30am to 4:00pm. We’re looking for event volunteers to help on any of these days. As an event volunteer, you’ll get to meet and interact with the young people and also work closely with the workshop facilitators.  Please let me know if you’re able to help and I’ll fill you in on some more details about these workshops.

Would you like to help us reach more volunteers?
In today’s technology-driven world, you can instantly connect with colleagues, friends and family. This makes reaching out to volunteers and young people easy, connecting people who can help with young people who need help! It would be great if you could help us reach more volunteers by telling a friend or colleague about us. You can refer them to our contact page, or you can get in touch with us and we’ll send you some material that you can forward to them.

Equality in education is still worth fighting for!
Recent figures from the Department of Education showed that pupils from a low-income background are falling further behind their wealthier peers in GCSE Achievement. A recent news article by MSN News UK reported that the gap between disadvantaged and advantaged students has widened, with 27.5% of disadvantaged pupils that were entered for all of the EBacc last year, compared with 44.5% of all other students. In 2018 the gap was 26.4% versus 42.8%. Follow this link to our blog to find out why we still believe that equality in education and private tutoring is still a realistic and worthwhile pursuit. 

 

Have a great weekend!

Friends of GT Scholars – Would you like to feature in our Volunteer Spotlight Series?

Friends of GT Scholars – Would you like to feature in our Volunteer Spotlight Series?

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Happy Friday!… uh umm… or should I say Brexit day? I’m sure many of us are wondering what will be different now. Anyway focusing on other news, a section of Trump’s ‘’big beautiful border wall’’ between the US and Mexico blew over due to high winds yesterday. At this rate, I wonder if the rest of the ‘’beautiful, unbreakable, wall’’ will be gone with the wind soon? I guess it was all hammer and no nail with this one! Okay, enough chitter-chatter for now, let’s dive into this week’s newsletter!

Volunteer Spotlight
Through the effort and hard work of volunteer tutors and mentors, our scholars are thriving in their academic and personal lives. We want people to know more about our volunteers, the difference they made and what makes them tick. We’re looking for volunteers to feature in our new volunteer spotlight series. The interview can be a telephone interview or video interview. If you’ve volunteered in the last 6 -12 months, then please get in touch with me. I’m looking forward to hearing from you and getting to know your story! 

 

Volunteer and inspire boys to become leaders!
We still need a few more volunteer mentors for the Inspiring Future Leaders Programme. A huge thank you to everyone who confirmed there availability to volunteer with this amazing programme! This new leadership programme will be launched in February 2020 and will work with young boys between the ages of 12 to 14. These boys are at risk of permanent exclusion but have been identified as having great leadership skills, but not reaching their full potential. Mentors will need to commit to 1 hour a month for 6 months and also be available to support at 1 of the 10 enrichment or skill-building days. There will be a training day for all volunteer mentors to prepare them for the mentoring sessions. Please let me know if you’d like to get involved and I’ll get in touch.

 

Partnerships and corporate sponsorships
We’re always interested in forming new meaningful connections and partnerships with organisations that would like to help improve social mobility for young people. If you think that your company or network would be interested in finding out more about partnering with GT Scholars, then please get in touch with me and I’ll fill you in on the details on how your company or network can get involved in our programmes and events.

 

Have a great weekend!

Friends of GT Scholars – Could you volunteer for 1 hour a month?

Friends of GT Scholars – Could you volunteer for 1 hour a month?

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We hope you had a good week and looking forward to the weekend? We sure are! It might be a gloomy day outside but that does not mean we should let our mood follow suit! Why not warm up someone’s heart with a smile? I often beam a smile at a stranger and more often than not I get one back. Smiling is definitely contagious! So go out there and share your smile with the people around you, it will definitely brighten up their day! But please do it after reading this weeks newsletter 🙂

Can you volunteer as a mentor for 1 hour a month?
The Inspiring Future Leaders Programme will run from February until July 2020. We are looking for volunteer mentors to be paired up with boys between the ages of 12-14 that are at risk of permanent exclusion. Mentors will need to commit to 1 hour a month for 6 months and also be available to support at 1 of the 10 enrichment or skill-building days. There will be a training day for all volunteer mentors to prepare them for the mentoring sessions. Please let me know if you’d like to get involved and I’ll get in touch.

Work experience opportunities!
We’ve received quite a few enquiries from parents about work experience for young people. We would like to help by connecting GT Scholars alumni with work experience opportunities and help them build their CV and develop their skills. The right work experience opportunity can have a life-changing effect on a young person and can set them on course to a great start and future! Please get in touch if you know of any work experience opportunities within your company or network and I’ll give you a call for a quick chat!

Fancy writing an article for our blog?
If you enjoy writing and would like to contribute to our blog page, we would like to hear from you! Our blog focuses on education, personal development, growth mindset, and other related content for parents, scholars, and schools. Established bloggers are also welcome to include a link to their own site when writing a post for our blog. Please tell us what you would like to write about by completing this application form. You can also find more information on our blogging guidelines here.

 

Have a great weekend!

Friends of GT Scholars – Volunteer opportunities you can look forward to!

Friends of GT Scholars – Volunteer opportunities you can look forward to!

Friends of GT Scholars

We’re almost 3 weeks into the new year and I must say I’ve got a good feeling about his one! There is so much we can look forward to in 2020 like the Summer Olympics 2020, the opening of the 2006 Yahoo! virtual time capsule, a new mission to Mars! And did I mention some awesome volunteer opportunities coming up? Allow me to remind you of a few!

I hope you’ve had a great week so far? We’re almost 3 weeks into the new year and I must say I’ve got a good feeling about his one! There is so much we can look forward to in 2020 like the Glastonbury’s 50th anniversary, the new skyscraper at 22 Bishopsgate, which will also be home to a new foodie hub called The Market ( yum!), and off course the Brexit deal finally being closed (hopefully, Mr. Johnson did promise), and did I mention some awesome volunteer opportunities coming up? Allow me to remind you of a few…

Volunteer as a mentor with the Inspiring Future Leaders Programme!
This programme is all about helping young boys at risk of exclusion and is a fully-funded programme sponsored by the Mayor of London and the National Lottery Fund. We’re looking for volunteer mentors who’d be available to deliver 6 monthly face-to-face mentoring sessions and who’d be able to help out at some of the workshops that will run throughout February to July. The first workshop will be on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd of February at Google. Please feel free to contact me if you’d like to get involved with supporting this group. I’d love to hear from you!

New ways to support our volunteers
Thank you to all our volunteers who’ve confirmed their availability for this term. We’ve completed our pre-matches and will be in touch with you soon if we’ve not been already. We thought an online support group or webinar would be a great way to support volunteers who would like some tips and tricks on tutoring or mentoring or just some additional guidance before your first session. If you’re an experienced tutor or mentor who’d like to run a webinar on communication skills, teaching techniques or just a quick how-to session, please get in touch so we can discuss a collaboration.

Would you like to feature in our next Volunteer Spotlight?
Yes, it’s that time again! We’re working on the next season of our Volunteer Spotlight interview series. This interview series is a great way for us to celebrate our awesome volunteers and the amazing work they’re doing and share more about their talent, dedication and reason behind 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 set up an interview with you. Just let us know what date and time in January or February will suit you best and we’ll get in touch with more details.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Friends of GT Scholars – Here’s how you can volunteer in 2020!

Friends of GT Scholars – Here’s how you can volunteer in 2020!

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We’re back! I hope you’ve had a great festive season and you’re looking forward to the New Year as much as I am? There’s a lot of new things on the horizon which I hope you’ll be interested in getting involved with, like extra support for volunteers and our new Inspiring Future Leaders Programme starting next month! So grab a cup of coffee, take a quick break and enjoy the first official newsletter of 2020! 

Can you tutor English?
Wow, we have such a demand for English tuition this term and that’s really awesome! We’ve been able to offer a couple of young people a place on the programme. Thanks to everyone who’s confirmed their availability so far. We still have 7 more scholars who need support in English and need your help. So if you’ll be able to volunteer as an English tutor for 1 hour a week from January to April please get in touch! This can make a great difference in a young person’s life!


We’re looking for mentors for the Inspiring Future Leaders Programme!
This new programme sponsored by the Mayor of London & National Lottery Fund will kick-off in February and run until July 2020. The focus will be on helping 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.

Work experience opportunities!
During the last term, I’ve received quite a few enquiries from parents about work experience for young people.  Work experience can help young people build their CV and develop skills and have a life-changing effect on them that can set them on course to a great start and future! We’re hoping to connect our GT Scholars alumni with work experience opportunities. Please let me know if you know of any work experience opportunities within your company or network and I’ll give you a call for a quick chat!


Have a great weekend!

Friends of GT Scholars – Thank you! It’s been great!

Friends of GT Scholars – Thank you! It’s been great!

Friends of GT Scholars

How are you? I hope well and that you’re ready for the last mad rush before Christmas? I still need to get some last-minute Christmas shopping done and I’m just bracing myself for the crowds and the insane queues – I really can’t believe there are only 11 days left of 2019! But before the year draws to a close, I’d like to share a few last things with you!

Thank you for your help this term!
On behalf of the whole team at GT Scholars, I’d like to say a huge thank you for all your help and support this term and throughout 2019 – It’s been great working with so many talented volunteers and having your support! Thank you to each and every one of you – to all our tutors, mentors, event volunteers, guest bloggers, guest speakers, workshop facilitators, supporters and to the advisory board!!  We’re really looking forward to working with you again soon and to welcome new volunteers on board! 


We’re closed for the holidays!
I just wanted to remind you that our office will be closed over the festive season! It’s a season to be jolly and we intend to have some fun! Please note that our last day at the office will be today Friday 20th December and we’ll be back for the new year and a new term on Monday the 6th of January. Please feel free to contact us if there’s anything on your mind – but note we’ll only be able to get back to you once we’ve opened again in the new year. 

Can you tutor English?
We’ve received quite a few applications for English tuition for next term, which is really great! But, we’re in a bit of a predicament as we’ve only a couple of English tutors confirmed for next term and we have over 10 scholars specifically needing English tuition! So if you’ll be able to volunteer as an English tutor for 1 hour a week from January to April please get in touch! This can make a great difference in a young person’s life!


That’s all for now folks! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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 – Will you be coming to the End of Year Celebration?

Friends of GT Scholars – Will you be coming to the End of Year Celebration?

Friends of GT Scholars

Happy Friday! Isn’t it just a great time of the year? The festive season is finally here now that Michael Bublé has emerged from his cave to signify the start of Christmas!!! As we get closer to the end of 2019, I’d like to tell you more about the End of Year Celebration with GT Scholars and upcoming volunteer opportunities!

Celebrate the end of the year with us & meet some of our scholars!
We’re having our end of year celebration at GT Scholars next Wednesday 11th December and we’d love to have you there! Some of the scholars will also be joining us for the evening and leading some fun games and activities!! We really hope you can come along and show them your support!!! It’s a great chance to mingle and meet our volunteers, trustees, workshop facilitators, supporters, funders and other friends of GT Scholars! We’ll also share the impact we’ve made and our plans for next year! Please register your attendance for an evening of good food and good company! The event will be at Airspace which is a 1 min walk from Tottenham Court Road station. 


Could you volunteer as a tutor or mentor next term?
Applications for the new term has opened and as more applications from ambitious young people are rolling in, 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. Please let me know if you’d be available to tutor for 1 hour a week or mentor for 6hrs during the term period. I’m looking forward to finding you a match!

Can you share your volunteer experience with parents?
We still need a couple of volunteers to sit on our panel at our information sessions for parents who are interested in enrolling their child in our Bright Ambitions programme. The Parent and Pupil Information Session will be on Saturday the 14th December from 2:30pm-4:30pm & 5:00pm-6:30pm and will take place at Canada Water Library (1 min walk from Canada Water Station). If you’ve volunteered as a tutor or mentor in the past few months and would like to join our panel, please let me know and I’ll get in touch with more details.

Friends of GT Scholars – Could you share your volunteer experience with parents?

Friends of GT Scholars – Could you share your volunteer experience with parents?

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Wow, it feels like this week just flew by! I hope your week has been great so far? First things first, we’d like to thank everyone who volunteered their time to sit on our judging panel at the Dragon’s Den Challenge last week, and very special thank you to Moe Hashimi and 42 Acres for their support! You guys rock! Before the weekend starts, I’d like to remind you of a few upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.

Could you be a speaker at our parent information session?
Another great way to volunteer is to be a speaker at one of our information sessions. As a speaker you’ll be sharing your volunteer experience with parents who are interested in enrolling their child in the Bright Ambitions Programme There will be two sessions on Saturday 14th December – the first one will be from 3:00pm – 4:30pm and the second one will be from 5:00pm. If you’ve volunteered as a tutor or mentor in the past year and would like to join our panel, please let me know and I’ll get in touch with more details.

Will we see you at the next Volunteer Meetup?
Our next Volunteer Meetup is less than two weeks away and the RSVP’s are coming in!  All Friends of GT Scholars are welcome! This includes current volunteers, volunteer applicants and anyone that is interested in volunteering with young people, so please feel free to invite your friends and colleagues. If you’d like to join us on Wednesday 11th December from 6:30pm to 9pm at Airspace, London W1D 2DR, click here to register your attendance. We look forward to seeing you there!

Do you want to know more about the Future Leaders Programme?
The Future Leaders programme is a 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’re interested in becoming a mentor.