In the Know: Aim High, Develop and Succeed!

In the Know: Aim High, Develop and Succeed!

In The Know Parents What's new?

With only one week left before the new term begins, we hope you’re making the best of what’s left of the half term. Looking ahead to the new term, we’ve listed three opportunities that will help your child build skills they need to end the academic year with a positive impact. Read on to find out more about some great opportunities for you and your child.

Join our free webinar for parents!
On Thursday 15th April, GT Scholars is hosting a free webinar for parents where education expert Temi Kamson will be sharing key strategies you can use to help your child cultivate a growth mindset and achieve their aspirations. You’ll also get a chance to learn more about what a growth mindset is and why it’s considered to be the number one tool for success. To sign-up for the free webinar click here.

Applications for Bright Ambitions Programme are closing soon!
This leading 12-week programme offers tutoring, mentoring, and online personal development courses for young people between the ages of 13-16. If your child is looking to improve their grades and gain leadership skills then this programme will be perfect for them. Spaces on the programme are limited and applications close on Saturday 24th April, so be sure to register your interest as soon as possible.

Aim A little Higher!
Entrepreneur and motivational speaker Kamal Hyman hosts a podcast for ambitious young people. The podcast includes interviews with inspirational individuals to find out what makes them tick and how your child can use these strategies to succeed. The podcast takes place every Monday and Wednesday, and your child will also have the opportunity to send their questions to the experts. To join the podcast click here.

Explore Critical Thinking Skills with Coding!
We also wanted to include the updated link for last week’s Cause4Children online workshop again. This free online workshop will be held for young people aged 11-16. At the end of the workshop, your child will be able to write coding stories and develop them into games as well as receive a certificate of completion. The workshop will take place on Saturday 17 April 2021 and you can book your place here.

How to Help your Mentee Develop a growth mindset

How to Help your Mentee Develop a growth mindset

Growth mindset Online volunteering What's new?

In a fast-changing world, handling challenges with the right mindset is paramount! We may feel that we have equipped ourselves with all we need to control what life may throw at us. But what about your mentee? Young people may have never accurately learned how to develop the right attitude to help them navigate through school and beyond. So how can you help your mentee develop a growth mindset, and why is this important? A young person can benefit from developing a growth mindset as much as you or I can, if not more! Especially now because of the recent difficulties that young people are facing regarding school work and lockdown. These added pressures have left young people feeling frustrated, and they are looking to you as a mentor to help them get into the right mindset. Now is the opportune time to show your mentee how developing a growth mindset will benefit them now and in any future endeavours. Before we take an in-depth look at how to help your mentee develop a growth mindset, have a look at this article

Let’s recap Fixed mindset vs. Growth mindset
A growth mindset is the understanding that personal qualities and abilities can change utilizing an input-output mechanism. If we put in the effort to develop our intelligence, we will likely see good results. Our formal schooling built our knowledge and understanding, but the learning process did not stop there. Developing a growth mindset is a never-ending process of learning-implementing-repeat. It is the belief that we can continue to develop our intelligence and abilities beyond our formal years and into our working careers. A fixed mindset is an idea that our intelligence and abilities are fixed at one point and can’t develop or grow. If we hesitate to accept that a growth mindset exists and need development, we jeopardize our ability to change the more important things in life. This means that when we face changing circumstances or a challenge, we tell ourselves: I can’t do this! In reality, we are closing ourselves to the ability to develop and empower ourselves. We should be asking ourselves: what can I do to make this happen? Once a growth mindset starts to advance within us, we can now use it to empower, motivate and change others. A growth mindset is a valuable tool that your mentee needs to develop for success! Your mentoring sessions are a good opportunity for you to instill these concepts. During your sessions, you can focus on specific problems that a mentee has and show them how to apply a growth mindset to each situation. 

Start with yourself
Your mindset will strongly influence your quality of life! It’s a crucial element to living with the right mental attitude to be happy and gain a sense of fulfillment in all that you do. To acquire the growth mindset for yourself, focus on strategies that will help shift your mind toward the belief system that anything can be accomplished, helping you reach your full potential. Apply the same approach that you have encouraged your mentee to follow. That may require a good honest look at your mindset. As you come face to face with your weaknesses, you will find ways to acknowledge and embrace your imperfections. Turn those into learning opportunities. As we all are different, you may need to explore various strategies to find the one that works for you. Do your research. If you share your progress and ideas with others, you will be welcoming the opportunity for growth. Take time to reflect on the positive changes that you have made in your mindset and build your confidence in the process of change. As you notice the changes taking effect, set new achievable goals. Never stop growing! Realise that your goals need to be realistic. You are not going to master the process in one go. Now that you are developing a growth mindset, own it! It’ll help you become a great mentor as you look for ways to help others improve. Your mentoring sessions will become more about really helping your mentee grow and develop. You are now ready to impart that growth mindset to your mentee.

Introducing a growth mindset to your mentee
It is vital to introduce the idea of a growth mindset to your mentee because if they can understand it, they can easily learn how to apply it. It may seem like this is a concept that young people may not necessarily understand. Rather, explaining the theory to them and helping them understand the science behind a mindset, will help them approach every challenge with a growth mindset. You may even want to sit down and discuss some of the research with them so that they can understand the process. You may find that they are fascinated to learn more about the science behind all this and what we have learned about the human brain’s potential. Once you have helped your mentee understand how amazing our brains are programmed, connect the science to specific behaviour patterns that help them learn. Perhaps you can now ask them: ‘how will thinking like this help you work through a challenge? How can you use the growth mindset to complete your homework or prepare yourself for exams?’ Helping the mentee understand a growth mindset is a great way to counteract some of the negative self-talk and focus on positive ‘I can’ outcomes. Don’t feel frustrated if they don’t get this process right on the first attempt. Having realistic expectations from the outset will prevent you from feeling disappointed. Some mentees may grasp the concept quicker than others. Here are some great ideas that can help you conduct effective mentoring sessions. 

Your mentee already has a mindset
A mentee needs to see that they are already displaying a mindset, either fixed or growth, in their reactions to certain situations. Specific examples will help them feel good about what they are doing to develop and highlight areas where they may need improvement. Perhaps your mentee has a role model, such as a teacher or coach, that they look up to. Being interested in others’ work shows a growth mindset as they are aspiring to be like someone instead of being jealous of their accomplishments. Or if they have perhaps done poorly in an exam and feel like a failure, this would be displaying a fixed mindset. They are closing off their minds to the idea that with a little more effort, they can get better marks. Next would be to show them how mindset affects the effort they put in. An effort is needed to do well with school work, sport, or hobbies. A mindset affects not only the output but also what effort they put in. Any effort put in to do better or show greater interest would be displaying a growth mindset. Not showing an interest in hobbies, not doing homework, and not preparing for exams displays a fixed mindset. A young person may have an ideal career in mind. They realise that while in school they can’t achieve that goal just yet. But, through diligent study and the correct choice of subjects, they are reaching out for that goal. Having a fixed mindset, they would believe that there is nothing they can do to influence their future. Setting time aside to have the mentoring session would be a positive way for a mentee to see that they are developing a growth mindset.

When challenges come along
New challenges will arise for your mentee that they may not know how to handle. Discuss various approaches that they can take to apply a growth mindset to each challenge. From the outset, show your mentee that challenges are healthy. Even if that challenge distorts the way they see themselves, there is always a silver lining to each problem they overcome. For example, if their exam results are poor, they could think: “I thought I was smart; I am not.” Here you can help your mentee see that perhaps this is not his strength. Show them how to approach the exam, test, or group work from a different perspective. Let them understand that this is not a weakness, but just an aspect that needs a little more work. Understanding that a growth mindset values effort will help them receive setbacks with grace and turn stress and thoughts of giving in; toward positive endeavours and achievement. Continual praise for their persistence at a challenge is necessary. If one way of doing something didn’t work, try a different way. And if that didn’t work, keep repeating the process till it becomes a natural process for your mentee. A growth mindset shows them that challenges should be transformed into opportunities, instead of rigidly becoming stuck in the thought rut of ‘I am a failure.’ Give them practical steps that can help them. For example, help them set out a detailed plan of how to overcome the problem. If the problem is facing a challenging exam, they would need a detailed study schedule. Write these down as a detailed plan that shows times, topic, and the goal for that period of study. Accepting this as a temporary challenge will help them let go of stress, anxiety, and fear. 

It’s harder for some
Not everybody embraces change quite the same way. Our thoughts and actions may have gotten stuck in a little bit of a fixed mindset over time without us even knowing. Our backgrounds, work environments, and other external factors play a big part in how we perceive ourselves and the future. Not everyone can look at life through rose coloured glasses. Some also struggle with negative thoughts or perhaps take criticism harshly. We all then face an environment where developing a growth mindset can be difficult. But remember, negative ideas and how we perceive the world around us are just mindsets! With some effort, a fixed mindset can be changed into a growth mindset. We all can adopt the attitude that we choose! We must start somewhere, right? Knowing that a change is possible at any stage is a good start. We can now outline the goals that are going to get us there. Granted, we are not going to get everything right the first time, but practice makes perfect. Don’t get upset or feel like a failure if you don’t win the fight against a fixed mindset the first time. There is no harm in trying and failing! That is part of the development process. Thomas Edison even understood that failure was part of the process when he said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”. So ask yourself: “What can I change? How can I change it?” Then begin to write down the steps you need to take. Follow them closely and review them often. Gradually this process will become easier as you see the change in your mindset. To conclude, there are real-world implications where having a growth mindset approach is advantageous, whether you are the mentor or the mentee. The key is to focus on changing one small thing in a mindset, this habit of mindset change will then cascade into other areas of life. If you want to live more productively and purposefully, re-examine your own and your mentee’s mindset to see if it’s serving its purpose well!

Developing a growth mindset in your mentee is crucial now! It is not a complicated process but easy to accomplish if you take one step at a time. Start with yourself and see how effective change can be. Then show your mentee how they can begin changing their mindset. Use practical examples of challenges that they are facing now as an opportunity to teach how to apply a growth mindset. Remember that it will be harder for some. With effort, anyone can change their fixed mindset to a growth mindset. By volunteering with GT Scholars, you will be part of a team of like-minded people wanting to see change! Volunteer with us and help us develop a growth mindset in young people. Click here to apply now.

 

In The Know : Online opportunities to help young people reach their goals!

In The Know : Online opportunities to help young people reach their goals!

In The Know Parents What's new?

With the busy schedules of both parents and young people, finding time to check things off on your to-lists can be quite challenging at times. Time management is an essential skill and in this week’s newsletter, we’ve listed three opportunities that can help your child plan and reach their goals. 

Learn about the Science of Goal Setting!
The Ollie Foundation is hosting an exciting workshop for parents and young people on Thursday 25 March 2021. The workshop will focus on how you can deal with potential obstacles while on your journey to reach your goals. It will explore the science of goal setting and the impact it has on resilience. Book your free ticket here

Build work and life skills!
Youth Employment UK has a series of online courses for young people aged 14-24. The course offers young people the opportunity to build valuable work and life skills with the help of experts and youth ambassadors. This course also opens the door to some great opportunities from youth-friendly employers and organisations. You can sign up for this free online course here.

Improve your time management skills!
Amazon has an incredible audiobook by Alice Byrne titled Time Management for Teenagers. This book has been written with young people in mind to teach them how to effectively manage their time. It can also be used as a comprehensive guide to help them build their time management skills. You can download your copy of this free audiobook here.

In The Know : Be creative, raise your voice and show you care!

In The Know : Be creative, raise your voice and show you care!

In The Know Parents What's new?

Have you ever had an “aha” moment with your child and realised that you have found something valuable? If so, then this week’s lineup is perfect for your child! They may have expressed enthusiasm about a topic they care about, and this could be the start of something big, something innovative, and most definitely enjoyable. Listed below are some events and workshops to help steer the mind of your child.

Book your session and explore the power of your voice!
Goldsmiths University is hosting an exciting free event called DE:CONSTRUCT 2021. During this event your child will learn about how our voices can be amplified or suppressed and creating a platform where our voices can be heard. It is for all young people in year 12 or currently in their first year of college. Meet the speakers online on Tuesday 23 – Thursday 25 March 2021. Book your ticket here.

Join an Art Workshop with Creative Cafe
Creative Cafe is hosting a series of free workshops for young people aged 11-16 to help encourage them to come up with their own creative responses, which can include all styles of visual arts, creative writing or music. The workshops will run every Thursday until 1 April 2021. Each workshop brings a different topic from Sustainability to celebrating World Book Day. You can book your space here.

Register for an EGGS Project Workshop – Food Play
There are a trillion ways to take care of the environment and social value. This free EGGS Project Workshop is designed to teach students who are 11 – 15 years old, how to reduce packaging waste and food. Take your seat at the 2-hour workshop, Wednesday 31 March 2021. Join here for an informative and interactive workshop.

In The Know: It’s British Science Week!

In The Know: It’s British Science Week!

In The Know Parents What's new?

It’s British Science Week! And what better time to celebrate and explore the world of STEM? Is your child interested in Science and how things work? This week we’ve listed 3 exciting opportunities to foster your child’s love for science and expand your child’s imagination by doing their own experiments, asking questions, or just by observing. All the workshops are free to attend and can be enjoyed with the family.

Take a tour of the Nobel Prize Factory!
Join MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology for a tour of their research institute that won 12 Nobel Prizes. You’ll get to see a live demonstration of science in action, ask questions to some of the scientists, and see a bit of what it’s like to work in a research lab. There will also be a quiz to test your knowledge. The event is aimed at young people of all ages and is free to attend. The virtual tour will start on Saturday March 27, and you can book your ticket here.

STEM opportunities for Young Women
The National Museum of Computing is hosting an online conference for young girls between the ages of 13-16 who are interested in a STEM career. This 1-day conference includes talks, interactive sessions, and quizzes. Each session will cover various topics such as STEM apprenticeships, Planning for your STEM Career, and Machine Learning. The conference will take place on Wednesday 24 March and is free to attend. You can get your ticket here.

Explore Meteorites and the Solar System!
Science O3 is hosting an online workshop for all young people aged 14 and up that are interested in all things space. They will be delving into Meteorites and answering all your questions. They will be looking into how Earth got its precious metals and whether or not Meteorites are just rocks from space. The free workshop will take place on Tuesday 9 March 2021. You can find out more about this event and how to book your ticket here.

In The Know – International Women’s Day – Choose to challenge

In The Know – International Women’s Day – Choose to challenge

In The Know Parents What's new?

Next week, the world will be celebrating International Women’s Day, and this year’s theme is Choose to Challenge. Women have made a tremendous impact over the years and have faced many challenges to achieve equality. To help raise awareness around opportunities for young girls in various careers that can help empower them, as well as to get them geared up for their future we’ve lined up a few opportunities that you can look into.

Last chance to book your place at the GT Scholars Career Summit!
There’s still some time left for you to book your space at our free Online Careers Day. This not-to-be-missed event will kick off tomorrow, Saturday 27 February, and is open to parents and young people aged 13-18. Join us to learn more about career opportunities and hear from speakers and professionals from companies such as Bain & Company, Atkins Global, Goldman Sachs, and PWC. Please note this event is not exclusively for girls, any young person can register. You can find tomorrow’s schedule here.

Join the International Women’s Day 2021: Women in Technology
University of Leeds Business School is hosting an online panel to Celebrate Women in Technology. The session is free to attend and will be held on Monday 8 March 2021. Their Panel of experts will be discussing their career journeys and how they have overcome challenges to be represented within the technology sector. The session is open to anyone interested in learning more about Women in the Technology Sector. You can register online here.

Sign up for the Teen Girls Empowerment Conference
Rocking Ur Teens is hosting an online empowerment conference for young girls aged 13-15. The conference aims to inspire young girls to do great things and allows them to take part in inspiring workshops, and also understand the many opportunities potentially available to them. The conference is free to attend and will take place on Wednesday 17 March 2021. For more information and to book your ticket, click here.

In The Know: Online opportunities to boost your child’s learning

In The Know: Online opportunities to boost your child’s learning

In The Know Parents What's new?

We hope you’ve enjoyed the half-term break and that you’re child is looking forward to starting the second half of the term. The online world is filled with opportunities that young people can access to enhance their learning from home experience, explore new study fields, and learn about different careers. In this week’s newsletter, we’ve listed free online opportunities that could inspire your child and enhance their learning experience. Read on to find out more! 

There’s still time to book your space at Careers Day 2021!
Looking to get a head start on your child’s future? Then book your space at our free Online Careers Day that’s taking place on Saturday 27 February 2021. Parents and young people aged 13-18 are welcome to join this online event. We will be joined by speakers and professionals from companies such as Bain & Company, Atkins Global, Goldman Sachs, and PWC. This year’s Careers Day includes interactive masterclasses and panel sessions that will help support your child in their career journey. You can book your place and choose your sessions here.

Explore the world of Electronics!
If your child is interested in electronics, why not get them to join this free online workshop. Tinderbox will be sending out free Tinderbox Makerboxes where young people between the ages of 10-16 can explore electronics and make something fun! During the workshop, you can interact with the speakers and other young people, share ideas and learn from each other. The workshop takes place on Friday 26 February 2021, and you can get your tickets here.

Enhance your lessons with Ted-Ed@home
TED Talks have created learning resources called TED-Ed@home. These resources can be used to help you with homeschooling your child or for your child to use on their own. The resources cover year groups ranging from Reception to University and can help make learning at home fun and enjoyable. It covers a range of topics such as Business Economics, Science, Art, and Technology and all resources are free and video-based. To access these resources click here.

In the Know : Activities for Spring Half Term

In the Know : Activities for Spring Half Term

In The Know Parents What's new?

As we prepare for the half-term break, we thought it would be great to share some fun family activities that you and your child can enjoy together. Planning ahead of the break can help set the tone for the day and help your child get creative or maybe learn a new skill or interest. Also, if they are interested in learning more about careers, we will be hosting our online Career Summit so be sure to join! 

Book your place at the Careers Summit – Saturday 27th February 2021
Join us online and gain knowledge, insights and mentorship from our speakers and professionals from companies such as Bain & Company, Atkins Global, Goldman Sachs, and PWC. This year’s summit will include interactive masterclasses to support your child with CV writing, Interview skills & other important skills needed for his or her career journey. If your child is aged 13-18 and you’d like to get a head start on their future then the Online Careers summit will be perfect for them. The Summit takes place on Monday 27 February 2021 and it’s free to attend! Book your place and choose your sessions here

Enjoy a week of Half-Term Activities
The Music Relief Foundation is hosting a week of fun activities for the whole Family from Monday 15 February 2021 to Friday 19 February 2021. These activities are a great way for you to meet new people, learn new skills, and have fun! This month’s activities are Songwriting sessions, Cooking classes, Gaming Tournament, and Pop quiz competition! The winners of the Gaming Tournament and Pop Quiz win a gift card! It’s free to attend, and you can register here.

Spring into Science this Half Term
Join Do Science for an online show on Wednesday 17 February 2021 where they will be exploring all things “Springs”. From what’s springy in the air to the simple slinky you will have an opportunity to see the science behind it all. They will also be looking at live specimens that come out during spring. The event is for the whole family to enjoy and it costs £4 to join. To register click here.

In The Know – Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week

In The Know – Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week

In The Know Parents What's new?

This week is dedicated to Child Mental Awareness and we wanted to share opportunities that parents and young people can do together. Spending quality time with your child helps nurture their physical, emotional, and social development. This week we have found three interesting online opportunities focussed on parents and young people.

Book your place at the GT Scholars Online Careers Summit 2021!
Our Online Careers Summit is almost here! This full-day event is taking place on Saturday 27 February 2021 and will cover Masterclasses and Panel Sessions from our team of professionals from companies such as Bain, Goldman Sachs and PWC. The Career Summit will help motivate your child and help prepare them for the future. The Summit is open to all young people aged 13-18 as well as their parents. If you haven’t booked your place yet, click here.

Join the Poetry and Art Workshop for Parents & Young People
In celebration of Children’s Mental Health Week, Jacqueline Gammon & Trevor Murphy, author, and illustrator, are offering a poetry and art workshop for children and their parents. Based on the book The A to Z of Heartfulness and, this free online workshop for children will include interactive poetry for a greater sense of wellbeing and the opportunity to design a character and write a poem. The workshop takes place on Saturday 6th February, and you can get your tickets here.

Get Creative with The King’s Observatory
The King’s Observatory is hosting a range of workshops giving families an opportunity to spend time together and develop new skills by having a go at arts and craft activities. You will also be able to discover how The King’s Observatory helped explore the universe and create your own constellation cube! The workshop takes place on Tuesday 16 February 2021 and costs £6 to attend. You can book your tickets here.

In The Know: Develop Games, Create Designs, and Have Fun!

In The Know: Develop Games, Create Designs, and Have Fun!

In The Know Parents What's new?

Nowadays almost everything has some kind of online presence, whether it’s online education, online meetings or online events. The online world is booming and it’s here to stay. That means that technology is without a doubt becoming more and more a part of our daily lives. Getting a headstart in the modern-day, digital world can give your child a competitive advantage in the long run. Have a look at these great opportunities that can develop your child’s tech skills.

Sharpen your designs with Tech
With Revitalise’s Tech 4 Teens event, your child can get a chance to develop designing and creative skills. The 3-day event will teach your child how to use their mobile devices for photo editing, video editing and graphic design! All that is needed is a smartphone and the free photo editing app, Snapseed. The event will be on the 11th, 19th & 26th February, from 6pm to 7pm. To register your place for this event, click here.

Learn about AI!
Firetechcamp will be running the Can a Computer Choose Your Clothes? Neural Networks in AI online course for young people aged 13-17. This is a great opportunity for your child to learn about and explore the world of AI. The course will cover how AI recognises numbers, texts, sounds and images. The course fee is £10 and will take place on Monday 8th February from 7pm – 8pm. You can register for the course here.

Put your Game making skills to the test!
YGD is hosting their 11th Annual BAFTA YGD competition, for young people between the age of, 10 and 18. Your child will have the chance to display their game-making abilities on platforms such as Scratch, Kodu or Flash. Entrance to this free competition is open, and the final entry date is Monday 15th March 2021. To register your child for this competition, click here.