Friends of GT Scholars – Will you be coming to our Volunteer Xmas Meetup?

Friends of GT Scholars – Will you be coming to our Volunteer Xmas Meetup?

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

Happy Friday! How’s your week been so far? There are only a few days left to go before we move into Tier 2. At last! I’m sure we’re all over being under house arrest by now! Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Just enough time to get on with some last minute Xmas shopping! Before we get ready to set off, take a few minutes to read more about a couple of volunteer opportunities to get involved with!

Would you like to share your skills with young people?
#DayofCode was a huge success, and we’d like to give special thanks to Amhed & Rhys, who helped us with putting the workshop content together and facilitating the workshop. We really appreciated all your help and guidance! If you have any expertise or skills that you would like to share with young people, we would be happy to meet with you to discuss this! Whether you only want to help with content creation, or also get involved with facilitating the workshop we’d love to hear from you, so please get in touch, and we can set up a time to chat!

Come meet us at our Volunteer Xmas Meetup!
We’re getting super excited about our Xmas meetup that’s only a few weeks away! I’m particularly curious and excited about what the young people have planned for the evening. The online meetup will be hosted via Zoom, on Thursday 17th December from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm. It will be great if you can make it, so please let us know before the 7th of December so that we can wrap up a few last things on our side. You can register your attendance by following this link. I’m looking forward to seeing you there!

Would you like to volunteer as a tutor or mentor next term?
It’s almost the end of term, and with that, the new term is slowly creeping closer. Applications for our online tutoring and mentoring programmes for next term intake are now open. The new term will run from the 4th of January till the 2nd of March 2021. If you’d like to volunteer, you can expect to be matched with a scholar between the 4th – 18th of January, depending on the intake period of scholars. If you would like to volunteer as a tutor for one hour a week, or as a mentor for two hours a month, please let me know.

Have a beautiful weekend!

Marilyn van Heerden

Friends of GT Scholars – Share your career story with young people!

Friends of GT Scholars – Share your career story with young people!

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

It’s almost the weekend, and I hope you’re Friday has been off to a great start!?  This November we celebrate National Career Development Month, and we’re joining in, to help raise awareness for young people to develop & build their skills to ultimately widen their horizons and to also prepare them for their future careers. Read on to find out more about how you can volunteer to help young people by sharing your skills with them!

Would you like to feature in our Volunteer Spotlight?
Our spotlight video interviews really inspire people in so many ways as you have a chance to see the unique stories of parents, young people and also our amazing team of volunteers. We understand that with the covid outbreak it’s not easy to arrange physical meetings, but we would still like to continue to provide these wonderful and inspiring stories in some way. If you are interested in featuring in our next spotlight, please send me a quick email so that we can set up a meeting!

Share more about your career with young people!
We’ll be launching a new programme soon! The Careers Contact Programme will host a series of online career days. As a volunteer panellist, you’ll be able to share your career journey with young people interested in following the same career path. During the sessions, you’ll share more about your career and what to expect working in a similar role. There will also be a live Q&A session where young people will have the chance to ask you about your career. If you’d like to sign up for this volunteer opportunity, hit the reply button and we’ll get in touch.

Would you like to be a guest on our podcast?
Thank you to everyone who got back to us about featuring in one of our podcast interviews! We’re still looking for more volunteers who’d like to share their professional experience and knowledge with young people in a video-podcast which will be led by our youth board! We’ll spend some time learning more about you and following this, some of the young people and parents will get to ask questions. The interview and Q&A will be around 90 minutes. If you have some time to share about your career or life experience with young people, please get in touch!

Have an awesome weekend!

Marilyn van Heerden

Are you available to volunteer at #GirlMeetsCode

Are you available to volunteer at #GirlMeetsCode

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

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 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 send me an email and I’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. I will be doing a round of phone calls to find our next set of volunteers for the spotlight series but please feel free to email 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.

Friends of GT Scholars – Thank you for helping us make a difference!

Friends of GT Scholars – Thank you for helping us make a difference!

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

Can you believe we’re already in November or Movember as some may call it?! I recently found out that this men’s health awareness month started off in 2003 with just 30 guys growing a mustache, and since then, it has spiraled to over 5 million Mo Bros and even Mo Sistas showing their support! Though I don’t think I’ll be wearing a fake mustache anytime soon! Anyway, enough mindless chatter, let’s get started with this week’s newsletter!

#DayofCode – An online workshop for young people!
This November we’ll be running a free 2-day coding workshop, which has been made possible by the Meet and Code 2020 Initiative, sponsored by SAP. A huge shout out to Rhys and Ahmed for sharing their expert skills with us! The workshop will introduce young people aged 11-16 to the world of coding and technology, where they will have the opportunity to design their very own mobile app! If you know of any young person or parent who’d be interested in this workshop, feel free to share this link with them!

Podcast interview anyone?
As part of our new Young Leaders programme, we’re looking for volunteers who are available to share their career stories and knowledge with young people in the video-podcast which will be led by our youth board! We’ll spend some time learning more about you and following this, some of our young people and their parents will get to ask questions live or send their questions in advance. Each interview and Q&A will last around 90 minutes, and the final edited video-podcast will be reduced to about 45 minutes. If you have some time to share about your career or life experience with our ambitious young people, please get in touch!

Volunteer Meetup – Save the date!
We’ll be hosting a virtual volunteer meetup this year! All friends of GT Scholars are welcome! This includes current volunteers, volunteer applicants and anyone interested in volunteering with young people! It would be great if you can make it! If you’d like to get involved in organising, please also feel free to get in touch. We’ll be sharing more details with you soon! For now, please pencil in Thursday 3rd December from 6pm-7:30pm into your diary.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Marilyn van Heerden

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

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

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

Happy Friyay!! I hope you’re well and have been keeping warm this week? Autumn is here, and soon winter will be on our doorstep! Luckily with the recent update to the government’s safe travel list, we don’t have to face the winter all huddled up at home! You can book a flight and soak up some winter sun in the Canary Islands or even head off to Greek Island of Mykonos without having to quarantine for 14 days on return! *For now!

Can you help a fellow friend of GT Scholars?
Do you know of someone in your network who works as a professional Psychologist or have professional experience working in the Social Science field? One of our mentors was matched with a scholar that is interested in this career field, and we’re looking for someone who can give her more information about studying and working within the Psychology and Social Science field. If you know of someone who can help, please send me a quick email, and I’ll set up an introduction.

Youth board member, Laura shares her experience as a mentee!
We’ve taken a walk down memory lane looking back at some of the feedback we received from our scholars. In our latest spotlight interview, we spoke to Laura, who was on the Bright Ambitions tutoring & mentoring programme. Laura shares her story and says that tutoring helped her to improve her maths grades and that mentoring helped her tremendously with time management and planning for the future. If you have a few minutes, you can read the full interview here!

Are you InQUIZitive?
Have you taken our Volunteer Persona Quiz yet? We set up the quiz as a bit of fun for you to find out your Volunteer Persona. The quiz will only take about 2-minutes to complete, and it’s filled with a tonne of fun gifs. The questions might seem a bit random but so far, we’ve been getting it right. Feel free to let us know what you think about your result? Did we get it right? Thumbs-up or thumbs-down?! Take the quiz here.

Friends of GT Scholars – Can you help inspire young people?

Friends of GT Scholars – Can you help inspire young people?

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

The weekend is in the air! And apparently, right now the air is much cleaner in many parts of the world. According to the latest report from the Mayor’s office, carbon emissions have gone down by 6% in London’s ultra-low emission zone. Hopefully, when we eventually embark on maskless journeys into the city, the air we breathe will be much cleaner!

All New B-Inspired Volunteering Opportunities!
Did you know that we’re launching the new B-Inspired programme soon!? We’re very excited about running this monthly membership programme, which will include monthly coaching sessions for young people! Each coaching session will be one and a half hours long, followed by a 30 minute live Q&A with our online community. We’re looking for volunteers who can add value to these coaching sessions by sharing their skills and experience with young people. If you are interested and have spare time to get involved, please get in touch with me!

Are you interested in being part of our Advisory Board?
We have a few roles available on our advisory board and are currently looking for talented professionals with experience in the Finance, Public Relations, and Digital Marketing sector. If you believe that you can help make a difference by being part of our Advisory Board, we’d love to hear from you! If you would like to apply, please send me a quick email, and I’ll be in touch to set up a meeting so we can find out more about you and why you’d like to join the Advisory Board!

Share our latest FREE resources!
Have you had a chance to look at our latest free resources for young people? In celebration of black history month, we’ve put together a list of 20 scholarships, apprenticeships and work opportunities for young people of black heritage, or of BAME background. You are more than welcome to pass on this free downloadable resource to friends, family or any young person who might find it useful! Follow this link to get your free download.

Have a great weekend!

Marilyn van Heerden

Friends of GT Scholars – Resources, opportunities and sharing advice!

Friends of GT Scholars – Resources, opportunities and sharing advice!

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

Can you believe that we’re already in October!? October marks Black History Month and as a diverse organisation, we’re proud to be part of the change that is needed to create equal opportunities for all young people, regardless of their background! Black History Month is the perfect opportunity for us to celebrate diversity and recognise the impact and contribution of people of Black heritage around the world!

BAME opportunities for your tutee or mentee!
We’re excited to share our latest free resources list with you! The list includes 30 opportunities including scholarships, apprenticeships and work opportunities for young people of black heritage, or of BAME background. If relevant, feel free to share specific opportunities that your tutee or mentee may benefit from and also share this list with your scholar’s parents or carers. Feel free to also forward this to any other young person or parents in your network that can benefit from this list. Visit our website for the free download.

Have you visited the Learning Directory yet?
The new term is almost in full swing, and some volunteer tutors and mentors have already started their first sessions! Did you know that we’ve got a learning directory filled with great, free resources that can help you plan and prepare for your sessions? Thanks to the help of a few amazing volunteers we’ve been able to list over 250 free learning resources in the directory and you can even search by age and subject too! To check it out, click here!

Get 2 minutes of fame and use it to inspire a young person!
We’re looking for real-life, relatable and inspirational figures that can share their business/career tips, personal quotes, or words of wisdom with the next generation! The quotes will be published on our Instagram, LinkedIn and other social media platforms, and it’ll take no more than 2 minutes to share your words of wisdom. Ready to share your life or business advice? You can submit it here!

Have a lovely weekend!

Marilyn van Heerden

Friends of GT Scholars – Have you seen our latest parent spotlight?

Friends of GT Scholars – Have you seen our latest parent spotlight?

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

Yay! The weekend has arrived! How was your week? Did you have a good one? This term is almost in full swing, and new scholars are set to join the programme on Monday. If you’ve put your hand up to volunteer with us this term, but have not heard from us about a match yet, don’t worry, I’ll be in touch soon! Before you cuddle up for the rainy weekend ahead, grab a warm cup of something and read this week’s newsletter.

Can you code? We need you!
We’re looking for a workshop facilitator with a background in coding and computer science for a coding workshop that we’re planning to run in November. This workshop will help young people to learn new skills for a 21st-century career. So if you consider yourself to be a coding ninja and know the difference between python & java, you might just be the person we are looking for! Please get in touch with me by sending a quick email and feel free to tell any other ninjas about this opportunity!

One of our parents takes the spotlight!
Our latest spotlight interview was with a parent of one of our scholars on the Bright Ambitions Programme. In this interview, she shares her appreciation of what her son’s tutors and mentors have done for them, and says that she is proud of her son who can now say that thanks to being on the programme, he’s participated in coding at the Google headquarters, public speaking, led workshops, and visited the city! If you have a few minutes to read through the inspiring interview, you can have a look at it here!

A word of advice for our teenpreneurs?
Young people from all over the world are signing up for the Global Teenpreneur Challenge, and they are going to need all the support that they can get! We’re looking for professionals that would like to share their wisdom with the teenpreneurs of this year’s challenge. Great people deserve to be quoted! Feel free to reply to this email, and share any life or business advice. We will quote you on our Global Teenpreneur Insta page and will include your name, role, and company if you’d like.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Marilyn van Heerden

Friends of GT Scholars – Read our latest Spotlight Interview Blog!

Friends of GT Scholars – Read our latest Spotlight Interview Blog!

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

Happy Friday! I hope you had a fantastic week? The new term will officially kick off on Monday, and we’re very excited to welcome our new scholars and continuing scholars to the tutoring and mentoring programmes. A big shout out to all the volunteers who signed up to tutor or mentor this term, and a warm welcome to all of our new volunteers about to start their very first term with us – Let’s jump into this week’s newsletter!

Spotlight with one of our scholars – Xavier
We’re very pleased to share our latest spotlight interview blog with you! In this interview, Xavier tells us more about his interest and passion for history and classical civilisations. Xavier also says “The Bright Ambitions programme offered me many different opportunities that I would never have had access to.” If you have a few minutes to spare and would like to read something inspirational, have a quick look at the blog here!

Bright Ambitions kicking off next week!
The new term for the Bright Ambitions programme will officially begin on Monday 28th of September. Thanks again to all our volunteers volunteering this term! You can still sign up to volunteer with us as our last intake of scholars will start on the 5th of October. If you want to volunteer as a tutor for 1-hr a week, or mentor for 2-hrs a month, and help a young person to improve their grades, leadership skills and achieve their academic & career goals, please get in touch with me.

9 Quick Tips for Volunteer Tutors and Mentors
I’d like to share this blog with you, whether you are about to volunteer for your first term or just want a reminder of a few tips to make sure you’re right and ready to start your tutoring or mentoring sessions. Take some time to read this blog that shares 9 helpful tips that any tutor or mentor joining one of our online programmes should know. Follow this link to read the full blog and as always, if you have any questions, hit reply!

Have a lovely weekend!

Marilyn van Heerden

Scholar Spotlight – The Bright Ambitions programme offered me many different opportunities!

Scholar Spotlight – The Bright Ambitions programme offered me many different opportunities!

Scholar spotlight Volunteers What's new?

As part of our scholar spotlight series, we’ve had the pleasure of interviewing one of the scholars on the Bright Ambitions programme – Xavier. In this interview, Xavier shares more about his experience on the programme and how it has helped him to develop new skills and discovered what he might be interested in doing in the future.

Please tell us a bit about yourself
My name is Xavier, I’m 15 years old from South London. My favourite subjects at school are history and classical civilisations. I really enjoy learning about past civilisations and the inner workings of the Roman and Greek society. I also find modern history such as the Cold War really interesting. I’m currently reading the memoirs of Winston Churchill as it’s intriguing to read from a primary source.

Why did you decide to join GT Scholars?
I chose to join GT scholars because I believed it would be very helpful for me to acquire not only key skills but more knowledge of what I may be interested in doing in the future. The Bright Ambitions GT scholars course offered me many different opportunities that I would never have had access to without the programme.

Did you have any specific goals that you wanted to achieve by joining us, and what were they? Did you reach these goals by the end of the programme?
My goal was to learn new skills and to be able to add more information on my CV as I am almost 16 and needed to build up a solid CV. GT scholars helped me monumentally with this by offered a CV building workshop which was incredibly useful. The Dragons Den workshop helped me learn the key skills I wanted to improve such as leadership and teamwork skills.

How has GT Scholars helped you to improve yourself?
The tutoring and mentoring programmes have helped me improve not only in school but also in choosing extracurricular activities which are good for my CV. The mentoring that has been offered to me is invaluable and has very much changed my outlook on not only universities that I may want to apply to, but also by matching my interests and strengths to find a job to pursue in the future.

What changes have you seen during your time on the programme? What impact has the programme had on you?
I’ve seen myself mature as a student being able to focus more easily now, even in studies I do not enjoy. The programme has helped open my eyes to paths in life, it’s helped me to match my skills to things I can pursue and also simultaneously work on my weaknesses.

How has your tutor helped you to reach your academic goals? How have your grades changed? Did you improve in your other subjects as well?
My tutor has helped me a great deal in Maths. I had a predicted 8 but the work I was producing only really reflected a 7. My maths tutor took the concepts I did not understand and worked with me not only to reinforce the basics but help evolve my understanding of the more abstract difficult parts of mathematics.

How has your mentor helped you to reach your personal goals or aspirations?
My mentor has helped me achieve my personal goals and aspirations by supporting my efforts in school and giving advice on how to revise more effectively and develop a positive growth mindset basing around ‘I can’ instead of ‘I can’t’. My mentor has also provided me with information on Oxford University which I believe is very useful and I have taken into account. I’m keen on going to Oxford University.

What was your favourite part of the programme? What was the best thing that your tutor and/or mentor taught you?
My favourite part of the programme was when we visited the main office of the mining corporation Rio Tinto in London.  We were able to have a tour and be introduced to the professional life of a worker in the company. I believe the most important thing my mentor has taught me is the positive growth mindset as it has changed my view on many things allowing me to grow as a student.

Why did you choose to enrol in an online tutoring and mentoring programme instead of face-to-face tutoring?
I chose the online tutoring partially due to the global pandemic and it was a new experience which I believed would be very beneficial to my learning.

How has the enrichment and skill-building days helped you? Which enrichment or skill-building day did you enjoy the most and why?
The enrichment and skill-building days have helped me by improving my leadership, teamwork and communication skills allowing me to speak more confidently and openly about my ideas. My favourite skill-building day was the Dragons Den workshop! It was fun and it taught me teamwork, leadership and communication skills.

Did you learn anything new about yourself during the programme?
I learnt that I sometimes burn myself out early before exams and I have adapted to this making sure that I work more evenly throughout the year.

How will you apply what you have learnt during the programme to your future?
The programme helped me to develop my leadership, communication and team-working skills which I will be able to use in the workplace in the future. I’ve already improved by being more interactive in the class and have more confidence to put up my hand which used to be rare.

What advice do you have for a scholar that’s thinking of joining one of our programmes?
I would say to any young person thinking of joining the programmes that it’s definitely worth it! The skills you learn and the experience you gain is invaluable and will greatly assist you throughout your life. I would also say to experiment and find what works for you. GT scholars offer a variety of programmes so you should have a look and find one that’s perfect for you.

What were your mentors and tutors like? Were they helpful? What did they help you with?
My mentor and tutor were both friendly and greatly supportive. They’ve helped me to do the best that I can to adjust my mindset and the way I approach challenges. They’ve also helped me to be more confident in my abilities than before.