In The Know: A challenge for Young Entrepreneurial minds!

In The Know: A challenge for Young Entrepreneurial minds!

In The Know Parents What's new?

Summer is here and I hope it’s been a good one so far! If you’re looking for summer activities that can keep your child stimulated as well as motivated, you definitely need to have a look at this week’s line-up. We’ve got three activities that will inspire your child! Read on to find out more.

Global Teenpreneur Challenge!
The countdown has begun! In the next few days, we’ll be launching an exciting new competition for young people aged 13-17! The Global Teenpreneur Challenge has been co-designed with our scholars and it’s an excellent opportunity for your child to learn how to build and launch their own business. Young people will get to work in teams to plan, pitch, and promote their own business. Each week, they’ll work towards completing a new challenge and there will be cash prizes up for grabs for teams who make it through to the final challenge! To sign up and find out more, please click here

Make a change with Changing Minds!
Changing Minds is hosting a free online interactive workshop led by young people. The workshop provides young people the opportunity to make a change in the world. It aims to improve mental and physical health and well-being by introducing a connection with nature within a social and supportive environment. The workshop starts on Monday 7 September 2020 and is open to young people aged 15 and up. To register click here.

Be inspired with Dream Big Podcasts!
This family-friendly podcast inspires kids aged 5-14 to pursue their passions in life and take action to make their dreams a reality. The podcast is hosted by Eva Karpman, a 10-year old in year 5, and has special guests who share the inspirational stories. It runs for 20-30 minutes and covers topics like staying healthy and being the captain of your thoughts! To listen click here.

In The Know: It’s the summer for learning new skills!

In The Know: It’s the summer for learning new skills!

In The Know Parents What's new?

The summer break is here and most parents are busy putting a to-do list together to make sure their child has fun activities lined up. There are a lot of skill-building activities out there that you can add to your list. Here are 3 activities under £7 that will allow your child to get in touch with their creative side and perhaps even unlock a hidden talent! Read on to find out more

Become a master at drawing with Art at the Heart
Art at the Heart is hosting a Junior Masterclass for young people aged 7-14. In the session, your child will learn how to draw animals, realistically. The young artists will be taken through a step-by-step approach showing them how to capture character, movement, and textures. Your child can become an expert in using pencils and practice their creativity. The master class costs £6 and the next session starts on Thursday 6 August 2020. To book your ticket click here

Learn how to make Short Films with Music Relief Foundation
Music Relief Foundation is hosting a 5-day online film making course for young people aged 13-16. For just £5 your child will gain practical and technical skills in fiction filmmaking. They will learn how to develop story ideas, practice shooting, and editing techniques and explore cinematography. All they need is a camera(smartphone)and access to a computer or tablet for editing. The course starts on Monday 3 August 2020. To find out more click here

Pick up new kitchen skills with The Community Kitchen
The Community Kitchen is hosting online cooking sessions for young people aged 7 and up. Donations can be made from £3 and cover skills like safe knife use, safe boiling, baking, and frying, kneading, weighing, measuring, and spicing of vegetables. Before each session, you get a list of ingredients and equipment to assemble and all recipes are sent out after each session. The next session will be on Wednesday 19th August and your child will learn how to make sushi rolls! To book your session click here

In The Know: Sign up for Scholarships this Summer!

In The Know: Sign up for Scholarships this Summer!

In The Know Parents What's new?

Have you been thinking of helping your child to apply for scholarships over the summer? We had a look to find out what scholarship opportunities are available for young people aged 11 and up. Pre-university scholarships are a great way to help your child develop essential study skills and prepare a good foundation in their field of interest. We found these three amazing scholarships that your child can apply for this Summer!

Apply for a Music Scholarship with Handel Music
North London Collegiate school has a number of music scholarships for girls aged 11+. The scholarship is worth £1,560 and is awarded to girls based on merit. In order to qualify, your child needs to play at least one instrument and pass the entrance exam which is followed by an audition. Applications need to be submitted by 20 November 2020. To find out more click here.

Get a scholarship with Arkwright Engineering
Arkwright Engineering Scholarships are for students who are currently in their GCSE year and plan on staying in school to complete their A levels in Maths. Before applying, find out if your school is partnered with the Arkwright Engineering Scholarships programme. If they are not, your teacher can complete the online school partnership form. A once-off registration fee of £40 is applicable and applications are due by December 2020. For more information click here.

Apply for a scholarship with Firetech to attend their Tech Camp
Fire Tech offers a fun, interactive, and challenging environment in which your child can flourish no matter their technical background. They offer online courses and holiday camps where they take your child through various technology courses. In order for you to apply for the scholarship you need to fill out the online form and your child needs to submit a video explaining why they would like to attend and how they believe they could use the knowledge and skills from Fire Tech Camp. To fill out the application click here

In The Know : Virtual Work Experience Opportunities for the Summer!

In The Know : Virtual Work Experience Opportunities for the Summer!

In The Know Parents What's new?

Can you believe that the Summer break is almost here? It’s the perfect time for you and your child to look into work experience opportunities where they can have fun and gain employability skills at the same time! Here are three great virtual work opportunities for you to look into and share with your child to help them prepare for the future!

Join the digital action programme for young people!
Action for Conservation has just launched WildWEB, a free ongoing digital programme to support young people aged 13-17. This 4 week-long programme explores issues impacting our planet and teaches young people skills such as public speaking, persuasive writing, and filmmaking. You will also learn how to use your resources at home to create your DIY projects. ​The programme is hosted by expert volunteers and special guests and is open to all young people. To find out more click here.

Have a day at the office with Barclays!
Barclays Lifeskills is offering an online interactive activity where young people, aged 14 and up, can experience a day at work. This interactive video gives you insight into what a typical day at work would be like. During the video, you can choose the different options and take a tour through the office with a personal guide. You get to visit the different departments like product development and marketing and have a sit-in with Human Resources. To be a part of this experience, click here.

Sign up for great opportunities with Speakers for School!
Speakers for Schools is a free advertising and application portal where students from any state school aged 14 and up can apply for work experience at leading organisations. If you’d like to apply for an opportunity, a teacher at your child’s school also needs to register with Speakers for Schools to verify the school’s details. The opportunities are focused on helping young people better understand the world of work, gain valuable skills, and develop insights about industries to help prepare them for the future. To sign up click here.

In The Know: Virtual Summer Activities

In The Know: Virtual Summer Activities

In The Know Parents What's new?

The summer holidays are almost here and even though most of us will be enjoying it at home, it doesn’t mean that young people should miss out on the summer camp experience and activities!  To get you started on your summer activity list or to add to your already existing list, have a look at these summer camps and activities!

Book your spot on a Virtual Summer Camp!
Wild about Life is a free, week-long virtual camp experience that features half-day schedules that include animal observations, experiments, games, crafts, and educational lessons focused on wildlife and the environment. The camp is open to ages 6 and up and sessions are hosted on Zoom. The sessions are limited to the first 100 campers who book for the event. The next weekly session starts on Monday 20 July 2020. Click here to book your spot!

Create some summer beats!
If your child enjoys music, then look into the new Culture@Home programme. As part of this programme, Live Art Local invites you to learn from the official 2015 World beatbox Champions, The Beatbox Collective! During the live online workshop, you’ll learn more about sounds, instruments, rhythms, and bass lines. The beatboxing workshop takes place on Wednesday 29th July and is open to all ages. All you’ll need is a wifi connection and an audio set-up like a microphone, headset, or computer mic! To book your space click here.

Join the Summer Science Exhibition!
This year’s Summer Science Exhibition will be moving online as a free digital programme that offers something for everyone! The line up includes talks, quizzes, and videos and it’s the perfect virtual summer activity if your child is a science lover! Attendees will experience an exciting week of science-filled activities including the science of pets, sports, and even an Antarctica exploration! Activities will be streamed on YouTube from 13 to 17 July. For more information click here.

In The Know: Creative Competitions for young people

In The Know: Creative Competitions for young people

In The Know Parents What's new?

Young people need to be able to express themselves now more than ever – Especially right now with schools still closed. This week we’d like to tell you about a few creative competitions that you can share with your child. Here are a few great opportunities for young people to express themselves and stand a chance to win some great prizes!

Write on Art 2019-2020
Write on Art is hosting an  annual competition for young people aged between 15-18 to write about what matters to them. To enter, your child will need to pick one artwork featured on the Art UK website and write about it. The prize for 1st place is £500 and will have their essays featured on the Art UK and Paul Mellon Centre websites. The closing date is 31 July 2020 and there is no entry fee. You can enter by clicking here.

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2020
This annual competition is open to any young person aged 11-17 and is a great opportunity to accelerate their writing career. Entry is free and the top 100 entries will receive some great prizes, from goodie bags to a year’s membership to The Poetry Society! The top 15 entries will get to choose between attending a week-long residential writing course at an Arvon Centre in either Devon, Shropshire, or Yorkshire or mentoring sessions from a professional poet. All poems must be entered by the 31 July 2020. To find out more click here!

Postcards from the Trafalgar Way
Trafalgar Way is hosting a competition for anyone aged 7 and up. To take part in the competition, young people must create an artwork based on a feature on the historic Trafalgar Way route. To enter all you need to do is take a stunning photograph or create a two-dimensional artwork of a scene along The Trafalgar Way. There are great prizes up for grabs, from £500 to The Peter Warwick Memorial Trophy!  Competition closes on the 1 September 2020. To enter click here.

In The Know: Discover online opportunities for young people!

In The Know: Discover online opportunities for young people!

In The Know Parents What's new?

Have you considered looking into online opportunities that can help your child build their self-confidence and develop both their soft and hard skills? Have a look at some of the opportunities we’ve listed in this week’s newsletter. They can be a great addition to helping your child prepare for the future. Read on to find out more about these opportunities.

Develop your talents with iDEA
iDEA (Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award) offers young people from 11 and up the opportunity to develop their talents, enhance their skills, and gain information about the digital world and how to stay safe online. For every course that you complete you will unlock new opportunities and get rewarded with career-enhancing badges and earn industry-recognised awards that help you stand out from the crowd. To sign up click here.

Get early career advice!
Youth Employment UK is helping young people between the ages of 14 and 24 with their subject and career choices and also offers mental health support. They offer free training that will help you boost your life and work skills which in turn will assist you to become a young professional. The training helps you to build your confidence and is matched with your interests so that you are engaged every step of the way.  What’s more, you’ll also get access to opportunities for youth-friendly employers and organisations. To sign up for free, click here

Calling on more Girls – Apply to the Youth Board!
Applications to Join the GT Scholars Youth Board have been rolling in! We’re really excited to meet all the young people that have applied so far! We’re also keen to see a few more applications from girls to make sure that the board represents young people from diverse backgrounds. GT Scholars have moved the deadline to Tuesday 30th June 2020, so there is still time for you to apply to join the Youth Board. This is a great opportunity for any young person who would like to take on a new challenge and be part of a group that can make a difference. To apply to click here

In The Know: Raising Teens with confidence

In The Know: Raising Teens with confidence

In The Know Parents What's new?

Confidence is key! With so much going on right now in the world, many young people are struggling with anxiety and low confidence. This week we’ve put together some resources that can help young people build their confidence, and build their emotional resilience. By learning these skills early on, your child will be better equipped to deal with any challenges they may encounter now or in the future.

Check out this support portal for young people!
ReachOut.com is a great site that offers support for both parents and young people. Although based in Australia, the information they provide is really valuable and covers a range of topics including self-confidence, coping skills, dealing with stress and setting goals. To browse through their videos and blogs click here.

Listen to these self-development podcasts for young people
Where There’s Smoke, is a weekly podcast by Brett Gajda and Nick Jaworski for young people. The podcasts explore self-development through the lens of current events, pop culture, and experience.  New episodes come out every Tuesday, and they usually run for about 30 minutes. Episodes feature experts who share their experiences, and the messages are always upbeat and positive. To check out the podcasts click here

Register for a free online Emotional Wellbeing workshop!
When a young person has positive emotional wellbeing they can cope better with challenges and bounce back from those difficulties. The Rio Ferdinand Foundation is offering free online workshops that are suitable for young people aged 13+. This is a 4 part online workshop that is focused on helping young people manage their emotional wellbeing. It takes place every Thursday in July from 4pm – 5pm in a small group workshop that is run on zoom. To sign up click here

In The Know: Let’s make a change – Apply to join the Youth board!

In The Know: Let’s make a change – Apply to join the Youth board!

In The Know Parents What's new?

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been getting daily reminders on social media and the news of the change that is happening around us. From young to old, everyone is trying to do their bit to help fight for racial equality and reduce discrimination. It has brought on a global phenomenon that will help shape the future of tomorrow’s leaders. In this newsletter, we’ve highlighted some of the ways you can help make a difference.

Apply to the Youth Board and make a change!
At GT Scholars, we believe that it’s important for young people to have a platform where their voices can be heard. We’re currently taking applications for the Youth Board which will be made up of young ambassadors aged between 13 and 17. This is a great opportunity for young people who would like to have an impact on GT Scholars and how we approach our programmes. For more information on what it’s all about and how you can get involved. Click here

Please take this quick survey for parents!
GT Scholars works with diverse young people and parents and we recognise that we are in a unique position to help bring change in the world when it comes to diversity and equality. We’d love for you to share your ideas and suggestions so that we know how to best support our young people and parents. We’d love to hear from all parents. Please fill in this short survey so we know how best to make a lasting change for the future!

Temi’s article – 7 lessons for my black son (and any other young people)
Did you get a chance to read last week’s article? In this article, Our CEO and Founder, Temi Kamson shares her own experiences of discrimination as well as some of the difficult messages that many parents, like herself, have had to teach their children. Please take some time to read it, comment, and pass it on. It’s an article that is insightful and a must-read for all parents, regardless of your race. The article can be found here.

In The Know: Teaching young people about equality

In The Know: Teaching young people about equality

In The Know Parents What's new?

This week has been all about race and equality. It’s been on social media and in the news and we’re so pleased that more people are talking about this. One of the reasons that we exist at GT Scholars, is because we want to see more young people empowered to make the world a better and more equal place. We want young people to learn about their rights, how they should be treated and how they should interact and treat young people, regardless of background and culture.  A world where equality is a reality is possible if we all play our part in creating awareness. This week we’ve listed some opportunities for young people to get involved in the bigger picture.

Write to your Member of Parliament
A simple, easy and direct way for young people to get their message through, is to write to a Member of Parliament. By doing this, young people can get directly involved in actions that can have a positive impact on equality and shape their future. Make sure to do your research and ensure that your letter is relevant to your area. Express your views and concerns and make suggestions on what Parliament can do to improve equality. To get started click here.

Raise awareness of equality
ThoughtCo has a list of great books on equality that can open young people’s minds to a world that most people don’t talk about. Since inequality is something that we are not born with, it is vital for young people to create their own opinion. When we look at inequality from another person’s experience, we can directly understand the reality of inequality in our world.  Most books are under £10 and are suitable for young people aged 12 and up. For the list of books click here

Teach young people about tolerance!
Teaching Tolerance is home to a great selection of free resources, lesson plans, webinars and podcast that can be used to teach young people about being tolerant. This site offers guidance by learning specialists and experienced educators within the Teaching Tolerance community. This is a great way to enhance the personal development of young people. To get access to free webinars and more click here.