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 Volunteers

How are you? I hope you’ve had a good week so far? It’s definitely been an interesting week with the ease of lockdown restrictions & the unexpected snowfall at the start of the week! But nonetheless, Summer is still on its way! For now, I’m really looking forward to the new term starting on the 26th of April and getting to work with so many talented young people and volunteers again.

Here’s to another great term!
As the term comes to an end, I’d like to send out a huge thank you to everyone who volunteered their time to tutor or mentor a young person! You guys rock! With the help of our esteemed volunteers, we delivered over 330 hours of tutoring and mentoring support to young people on the programme! At the moment we’re in the process of gathering feedback from parents, scholars and volunteers, and we’ll be able to share this with you soon! Thanks once again for all your help this term!

Please help to share our programme!
From our experience working with young people, we learned that a multi-strategy approach of tutoring, mentoring and personal development can help young people achieve their goals beyond academic attainment. The Bright Ambitions programme combines all 3 of these elements, and applications for this programme are open until 24th April. There are also scholarships available. If you know of a parent or young person aged 11-16 that would be interested in this programme, please share this link with them.

A blog to inspire new & experienced volunteer tutors!
The new term will start in just a couple of weeks, and there’s still time to sign up as a volunteer tutor, hit reply if you’re keen. If you’re a volunteer tutor getting ready for the new term, or a new tutor planning to start your very first session soon, we’ve got a blog for you! In this blog, we share some great tips on how you can get started with your sessions and how you can build strong and impactful relationships with your tutee and their parents! Head over to our blog page to have a look at this blog for tutors!

Have a wonderful week!

Marilyn van Heerden

Friends of GT Scholars – Curious about upcoming volunteering opportunities?

Friends of GT Scholars – Curious about upcoming volunteering opportunities?

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

Happy long weekend!! I love a bank holiday and a short working week! Mix in some easter eggs with that, and you have the ideal combination! Have you made any special plans for the Easter weekend? Before we switch over to holiday mode, have a look at this week’s newsletter!

Become a mentor and inspire future leaders!
The Inspiring Future Leaders programme helps boys in years 8 & 9 to develop their leadership skills. We’re looking for more mentors to volunteer on this programme, which will run from April through to July. As a mentor, you will work with your mentee to build their confidence & self-belief. If you’re interested and available to mentor a young person for 2 hours a month, please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you!

Follow us on our social networks!
If you like your updates on the move, why not connect with us on social media? We’re always busy tweeting, posting, and sharing new information on exciting upcoming events, spotlight interviews, and news regarding education & young people. You will find us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. If you’d like to get connected with us on your favourite platform, check out the links below.

Heads up! We’re closed for Easter
And lastly, our offices will be closed during the Easter holidays. So, we’ll be out of the office from Friday 2nd April till Monday 5th April. We’ll be back all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed on Tuesday, perhaps a few pounds heavier from all the easter eggs, but we’ll be back nonetheless!

I hope you have a happy bank holiday weekend!

Marilyn van Heerden

Friends of GT Scholars – Countdown to the new term!

Friends of GT Scholars – Countdown to the new term!

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

Happy Spring! Hope you had a great week? I can’t believe it’s Friday already, and we’re almost a quarter of the way through 2021 – It’s as if the year is moving faster than normal! Over here, we’re in countdown mode to the new term, and it looks like we’re going to have a lot more scholars joining us, so we’re definitely in need of more volunteer tutors and mentors. If you’re looking for an online volunteer opportunity, read on to find out more!

Volunteer online as a mentor!
Are you thinking about joining our volunteering team as an online mentor? The new term will start in early April, and we’re keen for more volunteer mentors to join our mentoring programme! To volunteer as a mentor, you’ll have to be available to support a young person for two hours a month. If you’re interested to know more about this volunteering opportunity, please get in touch with me!

Are you an English boffin?
We’ve already started receiving applications from young people to join our online tutoring programmes, starting from Monday 12th April. A lot of young people have applied to say that they need help with English. We’d love to help as many young people as possible, but we need more English tutors. Would you be available to volunteer for 1-hour a week next term? Please drop me a quick email if you can.

Recommend a friend!
We’re always up for expanding our volunteer network and we love to meet talented professionals who would like to help us improve social mobility for young people. Do you have a friend who might be interested in working with young people and getting involved with our tutor and mentoring opportunities? You can share this link with them if they would like to sign up as a volunteer.

Have a spectacular weekend!

Marilyn van Heerden

Friends of GT Scholars – Upcoming Online Volunteering Opportunities!

Friends of GT Scholars – Upcoming Online Volunteering Opportunities!

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a great day so far! We’ve been preparing for the new term coming up after Easter. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to tutor or mentor next term. If you’d like to volunteer next term, there’s still time to get in touch. This week I’d like to share some great 1-to-1 volunteering opportunities that you can get involved with to help young people get a headstart!

Have you checked out our LinkedIn thank you video?
Can you believe that 2 weeks have already gone by since our first online careers day? We didn’t expect to have so many young people & parents register for the careers day and we received over 10,000 registrations in just 3 weeks! Thanks again to our incredible volunteers that took the time out of their day to support parents and young people at the careers day! Follow this link to watch the video, and please feel free to like or share!

We need volunteer Mentors! Could you help?
We’re looking for volunteer mentors to provide online 1-to-1 mentoring support to young people between the age of 14-16. As a mentor, you’ll help guide your mentee as they plan for their future. You’ll also help them discover & explore the different options available to them. As a volunteer mentor, you’ll spend 2 hours a month working with your mentee. The new term will start in April and will run for 12 weeks. If you would like to find out more, please let me know.

Exciting course creation opportunity!
Over the past few weeks, we’ve been developing more personal development online courses with the aim of reaching young people across London and beyond! Some of our upcoming workshops & masterclasses will cover topics such as How to develop a growth mindset, How to boost your study skills, How to write an outstanding personal statement & How to get into Oxbridge. If you’d like to get involved in co-creating an online course, or would like to present a masterclass or webinar for parents or young people, hit reply, and I’ll be in touch with you soon.

Have a terrific weekend!

Marilyn van Heerden

Friends of GT Scholars – A big thank you to our volunteers!

Friends of GT Scholars – A big thank you to our volunteers!

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

Phew! What a week! The Careers Day has come and gone – with over 10,000 registrations, over 5000 young people and parents tuning in for the live stream, and over 50 volunteers supporting us as speakers, moderators & panelists! Despite our ‘computer says no’ situation in the morning, we managed to get everything under control for the rest of the day. Don’t worry too much if you weren’t able to get involved in the Careers Day, we’ve still got more exciting volunteer opportunities coming up. So check out this week’s newsletter to find out more!

A big thank you to our volunteers!
We’re so grateful to have such an incredible network of volunteers, and we’ve been getting some really great feedback from the parents and young people! Overall, young people and parents found the sessions very beneficial and enjoyed learning from the speakers who shared stories about the world of work. Thank you for going above and beyond to make this day a success! We would not have been able to do this without your commitment and dedication to inspire young people. The replays will be going up online for a limited period only. If you’d like access, please feel free to subscribe to our youtube channel so you can be notified via youtube.

Could you help inspire a Future Leader?
We’re looking for volunteer mentors to get involved with the Inspiring Future Leaders programme. This programme will kick off later this month and will run until August 2021. The Inspiring Future Leaders Programme has been designed to help boys in years 8 & 9 to build their leadership skills. As a volunteer mentor, you’ll be spending 1 hour a month mentoring a young person and helping them to reach their goals and aspirations. If you’d like to get involved and join our team of volunteer mentors, please hit reply, and I’ll be in touch with you soon!

Bright Ambitions volunteer tutoring opportunity!
As a mentor or tutor on the Bright Ambitions Programme, you’ll have an opportunity to help a young person between the age of 11 & 16 to improve their grades, leadership skills and also help them achieve their academic & careers goals. The new term will start in mid-April, and we’re looking for more tutors & mentors to volunteer on this programme. If you are available to tutor for 1 hour a week or join as a mentor for 2 hours a month, and you’d like to find out more about this volunteering opportunity, please get in touch with me here!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Marilyn van Heerden

Friends of GT Scholars – Volunteer, inspire and share your story!

Friends of GT Scholars – Volunteer, inspire and share your story!

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a great week? Over here, we’ve been busy with the finishing touches for the Careers Day, we’ve also been blown away with the registrations coming in! The response we’ve received from young people and parents has been fantastic, and we’re excited to announce that we’ve had a whopping 7500 registrations for tomorrow’s online event! If you’re not taking part in the Careers Day, don’t miss out on the fun, grab a cup of tea, and make sure to pop in and join us online via youtube. Before I get too carried away with excitement, have a look at today’s newsletter.

Feature on The Young Gifted & Talent Podcast!
The Youth Board will be launching their video podcast ‘Young Gifted & Talented’  next month! Thank you to everyone who has submitted their details so far. The Youth Board are keen to get started and are open to meeting more volunteers for the podcast. The podcast episodes will be published on their Youtube Channel & on Spotify. If you’d like to support the Youth Board with their new podcast, please get in touch!

Volunteer on the Bright Ambitions Programme
The new term will start in mid-April, and we’re looking for volunteer mentors & tutors to support young people on the Bright Ambitions Programme! The programme has been designed to help young people improve their grades, leadership skills and achieve their academic & career goals. This programme includes tutoring and mentoring for young people aged 11-16. If you can volunteer as a tutor for 1-hr a week or join us as a mentor for 2-hrs a month, please let me know!

Fancy being part of our spotlight interview series?
We’re looking for volunteers that can share their volunteering story with parents and young people, as well as the rest of our incredible volunteer network. I know lockdown has made things challenging at best, and it’s not easy to arrange physical meetings, but we would still like to find a way to continue to share these wonderful and inspiring stories with everyone. If you’re open to feature in our next spotlight, please hit reply so that we can set up a meeting!

Have a beautiful weekend!

Marilyn van Heerden

Friends of GT Scholars – Let’s mentor, inspire and support young people!

Friends of GT Scholars – Let’s mentor, inspire and support young people!

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

Howdy! I can’t believe it’s Friday already!? This week has been a very exciting week for us because we’ve reached 2500 registrations for the upcoming Careers Day taking place next Saturday. As you may know, this is our 6th annual careers day and we’re hoping that we’ll reach 3000 young people this year! When technology and volunteering come together, great things can happen and it’s amazing that technology is now allowing us to reach so many young people across England!! If you’re interested in more online volunteering opportunities, check out this week’s newsletter.

Spread the word by liking & sharing our latest LinkedIn post!
Tomorrow marks 7 days until the Online Careers Day. You might have already spotted an email from me about  liking, sharing and commenting on the LinkedIn post. Thank you to everyone who’s been able to share and comment on the previous post. We’ve now created a mini-video trailer to promote the Careers day and we’d love for you to share this. If you’d like to take part in the quickest volunteer opportunity ever, take 2 minutes and like or comment on this new LinkedIn video post for the Careers Day!

Become a mentor and inspire a young leader!
The Inspiring Future Leaders programme is for boys in Years 8 & 9. This leadership programme will run for 6 months, from March 2021 until August 2021. I know some volunteers are still waiting to be matched, and this will be a great volunteering opportunity if you’re interested in volunteering as a mentor. As a mentor, you will need to be available to support your mentee for a total of 6 hours during the run of the programme – approximately 1 hour a month. Please let me know if you would like to get involved, and I’ll be in touch to share more information about this.

Teaching & learning resources for tutors!
We’re halfway through the term, and if you’re looking for a fresh approach to your tutoring sessions, why not have a look at the GT Scholars Learning Directory?  It’s home to more than 250 free learning websites that can help you put a new spin on your tutoring sessions. You can easily filter through your search by age group and subject. Choose from games, lessons, revision videos and interactive stories! Have a look at the GT Scholars Learning Directory!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Marilyn van Heerden

Friends of GT Scholars – Help us spread the word & share!

Friends of GT Scholars – Help us spread the word & share!

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

Happy Friday!! I hope you’ve had a great week so far! It’s been a busy week for us over here – The Online Careers Summit is just two weeks away, and we now have over 1500 parents and young people who have registered to join us! This week, we’d also like to share one of our free resources with you to raise awareness of apprenticeship opportunities for young people in England. We’d also love for you to connect with us on LinkedIn so you can help us spread the word to reach even more young people, parents and potential partners and sponsors!

Apprenticeship Resource to share!
First up, I’d like to share this free resource guide with you. The resource includes a list of 42 Top Apprenticeship Programmes for Young People in the UK and might be useful for a young person who’s interested in apprenticeship opportunities. It can also be something worth considering as an alternative to university. If you know a young person or parent who’d benefit from this resource, you’re more than welcome to share this link with them.

Like & Share our upcoming LinkedIn Post!
A big shout out and thank you to all of our amazing volunteers who’ve signed up to help with the Online Careers Summit! We’ll be posting more about the Career Summit on LinkedIn. If you’re not already connected with us via LinkedIn, please feel free to follow us. If you’re already connected with us, please keep an eye out for our Linkedin post which will be published in the next couple of days. It would be great if you could help us spread the word about the Careers Summit by liking and sharing the post!

Panel Sessions & Masterclasses released for Careers Day!
Over the past few days, our registrations numbers for the Careers Summit have tripled! The Careers Day will be on Saturday 27th February and we’ve started to add photos & bios of speakers and release some of the details of the planned masterclasses and panel sessions. If you’re on the panel or running a masterclass, please lookout for an important email to confirm your sessions. Young people & Parents will now be able to book the sessions that they would like to attend, and if you’d like to share the details of the Career summit with anyone who’d be interested, please use this link.

Have a beautiful weekend!

Marilyn van Heerden

Friends of GT Scholars – Three weeks to go til the Online Careers day!

Friends of GT Scholars – Three weeks to go til the Online Careers day!

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

I’ve got that weekend feeling! How about you? This week almost feels like a replay of last week. We’re still hard at work getting everything ready for Careers Day, which is now only three weeks away! We now have over 400 parents & young people who’ve registered to attend the day, and we’re expecting at least 1,000 young people to be in attendance! There is still time to let us know if you’d like to volunteer or support in other ways… Read on for more information!

Link us to a university for Careers day!
Research shows that young people from the UK’s most disadvantaged postcode districts are nearly five times less likely to go to university than those in the most advantaged areas. This is one of the reasons we’re inviting universities to speak to young people at the online Careers summit. So far, Goldsmiths University and Westminster University have come on board, but it would be great to have more universities take part. If you’re a student or you’re connected to a university recruitment team, and you can help, please get in touch with me.

Would you like to volunteer as part of the events team?
We’re looking for more event volunteers to help us behind the scenes at the Online Careers Day. This volunteering opportunity will mean helping the event run smoothly from organising online polls, moderating panels, reviewing questions from the audience, and directing the questions to speakers on different panels. As an events volunteer, you’ll need to be available for a few hours on Saturday 27th February from 9.30am – 4pm. If you’d be interested in supporting as an events volunteer, please reply to this email, and I’ll be in touch with you soon!

Have you sent your photo & bio?
If you’ve signed up to be a volunteer speaker at one of the panel sessions, running a masterclass, or working as an events volunteer, we’ll need a photo and a short bio for the event. Your photo & bio will be added to the Careers Day website so that attendees know which speakers are leading the masterclasses and which speakers they’ll find in the Q&A panel session. You can submit your bio & photo by filling in the form here.

Have an amazing weekend!

Marilyn van Heerden

Friends of GT Scholars – Volunteer at the Online Careers Day!

Friends of GT Scholars – Volunteer at the Online Careers Day!

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

Friday at last! Over here, things are literally buzzing, and we’re busy getting everything ready for the upcoming Careers Day! The speaker line-up is growing, more and more people are registering for this online event! Exciting times! Thank you to everyone who’s already signed up to volunteer on this day! Please check your inbox this week so you can choose which session you’ll be speaking at! If you’d like to get involved with the Careers Day, have a look at some really awesome volunteering opportunities below.

Tell your university about Careers Day!
We’d like to include more university talks to our Careers Day coming up on Saturday 27th February. This is a great opportunity for universities in different parts of England, to reach more young people. We’re expecting at least 500 young people and parents to join on the day. If you’re a student or you’re connected with a university, please feel free to connect us with your university’s widening participation team. We’d love to set up a meeting to explain more about how they can get involved. Hit reply if you’re able to connect us with a university.

Events team volunteers needed!
We’re in need of some superstars that can work behind the scenes helping with running the online event. As part of the events volunteer team, you’ll be reviewing the questions from parents and young people, organising online poll results, and directing questions to the speakers on different panels. The Careers Day will take place on Saturday 27th February and will run from 9:30am to 4pm, but please note that you won’t need to be available for the entire day. The workshop sessions are 90min each, and you can choose which time slots you’d like to help with. Please let me know if you’d like to sign up!

Share Online Careers Day with young people
Our Careers Day will be taking place in a month from now, and we’ve already got a lot of parents & young people who’ve registered to attend! This year, Careers Day will be online for the first time and young people and their parents will be able to choose the workshops that they would like to attend during the day prior to the event. If you would also like to share this event with anyone who’d be interested to be there, please feel free to do so by sharing this link for them to register!

Have a beautiful weekend!

Marilyn van Heerden