In The Know : Get a head start on your child’s future!

In The Know : Get a head start on your child’s future!

In The Know Parents What's new?

The new academic year is in full swing, and most kids are back to school. Whether you’re homeschooling or doing the all familiar school run, we’ve found great after-school programmes that you and your child can explore. These programmes can help your child improve their grades, allow them to develop new skills, and boost their confidence. Read on for more information about these programmes and free webinars for parents!

Free Webinar for Parents!
As you might already know, GT Scholars will be running free webinars for parents, and our next session is due to take place next month. To accommodate as many parents as possible please vote on the topic that would interest you the most by following this link to the poll.

Bright Ambitions Programme – Applications close today!
The Bright Ambitions Programme will officially start on Monday the 28th of September and we are very excited to start the new term! The programme is a great opportunity if you are looking to improve your child’s grades and help them develop their leadership skills. The programme includes one-to-one tutoring, mentoring, and enrichment sessions for young people aged 13-16. Applications close today, Friday 25th September. To register your interest click here.

Kick Start your dreams with Global Teenprenuer!
There is still time for young people to sign up for the Global Teenpreneur Challenge. Young people aged 13-17 can sign up for this year’s challenge. This is a great opportunity for your child to learn new entrepreneurial skills that will initiate innovative thinking and help them launch their own business online.  There are cash prizes up to £5000 up for grabs for winning teams! It’s not too late to join the challenge! To find out how your child can get started with their first challenge today, click here.

Dream and Think BIG using Vision Boards
Digilearning is hosting an online workshop where young people can learn how to better express their goals by utilising tools such as visualisation and manifestation! They will learn how to align their thoughts with their actions to express more in their life, so that we are truly able to achieve their dreams. The workshop will take place on Thursday 1st  October and is free to enter. To find out more about this workshop and how to register, click here.

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.

In The Know: Exciting Extra Curricular Opportunities!

In The Know: Exciting Extra Curricular Opportunities!

In The Know Parents What's new?

We know that there are so many exciting programmes out there at the moment, and it can be quite difficult to decide on which programme will be the best fit for your child to keep them engaged and improving their skills. This week we’d like to share three programmes that will help them improve their grades, and get their innovative minds flowing! Read on to find out more.

Join the Bright Ambitions Programme!
The Bright Ambitions online tutoring programme is back for another term, and applications are now open! If your child is between the ages of 13-16, then this programme is an excellent way for them to improve their grades in Maths or English, and also develop their leadership skills in the process. Applications close on Friday 25th September and you can register your interest here.

Global Teenpreneur – The Challenge has begun!
Entries for Global Teenpreneur have been streaming in from all over the world, and we are so excited to meet the teenpreneurs! This challenge is for young people aged 13-17 and is a great opportunity for your child to learn how to launch their own business online! There are cash prizes up for grabs for teams who make it through to the final challenge! To find out more click here.

Be part of the Virtual Girls into Coding Workshop
Girls into Coding is running a virtual coding workshop for young girls aged between 10-14. The online workshop is free and allows girls to explore online topics using the BBC Micro: bit (tiny computers). Topics include coding activities, online robotics, 3D Design, electronics, and physical computing. The workshops will be held on Sunday 27 September 2020. To register click here.

In The Know – Exciting After School Activities!

In The Know – Exciting After School Activities!

In The Know Parents What's new?

With school back in full swing, everyone is getting back into routine and you might be considering signing your child for an extracurricular activity. After school activities are a great way to boost academic performance and explore new interests and hobbies. We’ve listed 3 items that focus on different topics including an online tutoring programme, an entrepreneurship challenge, and an art club for creative young minds. Read on to find out more.

Bright Ambitions Programme – Applications open soon!
The GT Scholars Online Tutoring programme is back for another term and applications for the Bright Ambitions Programme will open soon! The programme is for young people aged between 13-16 and offers a great opportunity for your child to get excellent grades at school, improve their leadership skills, or get into top universities. The programme includes one-to-one tutoring in Maths or English, 3 online mentoring sessions, and 3 online skill-building and enrichment workshops. To register your interest click here.

Global Teenprenuer Challenge 
We have kick-started our Global Teenprenuer challenge and entries have been streaming in. If your child is aged between 13-17 and wants to pick up new entrepreneurial skills, why not get them to enter the challenge? It’s an excellent opportunity for your child to learn how to build and launch their own business whilst working in a team. There are cash prizes up for grabs for teams who make it through to the final challenge! To find out more click here.

Easely Does It Kids – After School Art Club
Easely Does it Kids is hosting an after school art club for children of all ages. Your kids can join a virtual paint party via zoom which they will demonstrate step by step to help even the most inexperienced artist create a picture to be proud of. All you need is a mixture of acrylic paints and assorted brushes. You can join on Wednesday 23 September 2020 and the fee is £6 to enter. To join click here.

Please note that there will be some changes to the website this weekend which means that the website and emails may be down for a few hours – but we will be up and running on Monday 14 September 2020.

In The Know : Exciting career opportunities!

In The Know : Exciting career opportunities!

In The Know Parents What's new?

With so many career choices available out there, many young people are often overwhelmed by deciding on which career path to take. You can support your child in making this important life decision by introducing them to different careers. Here are three exciting opportunities that you can share with your child!

Global Teenpreneur is Live!
Registrations have been rolling in as we kick-started our Global Teenprenuer Challenge last week. This is an exciting new competition for young people aged 13-17. 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.

Attend an online conference with Get into Medicine!
Get into Medicine is hosting a free online conference for young people in year 8 and up. There is a range of excellent content and distinguished speakers from UK medical schools and professional organisations. Topics covered include providing advice on which medical school to choose, examinations you will need to take, and the work experience required to get into the medical field. The event takes place on Sunday 20 September 2020. To book your spot click here.

Virtual Career Event for girls in STEM
London Technology is hosting a free online virtual career event and a live network chat with top graduate employers. You will hear insightful presentations from exhibiting companies and ask your questions to a panel of women already working in the technology sector. You can also visit virtual company stands to learn more about working in the STEM field. It’s open to young girls wanting to study a STEM-related course at University. The event takes place on Monday 28 September 2020. To register click here.

Please note that there will be some changes to the website this weekend which means that the website and emails may be down for a few hours – but we will be up and running on Monday 7 September 2020.

In the know : Innovative activities for young people

In the know : Innovative activities for young people

In The Know Parents What's new?

Have you been thinking about ways on how to jump-start your child’s creative thinking skills? Here are three exciting activities that they can participate in that will inspire them and keep their innovative minds flowing! The line-up includes fun online activities for the whole family and a great opportunity for aspiring young entrepreneurs!

Join the Global Teenpreneur Challenge!
We’re so excited, Global Teenprenueuer is finally here! This is an exciting new competition for young people aged 13-17. It’s an excellent opportunity for your child to learn how to build and launch 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.

Visit the SmartKid Expo!
SmartKid has put together an online expo with workshops for young people. The expo hosts inspirational activities, classes, and special guests that will help to inspire your children’s futures for the better. It’s promised to be a fun, creative, and educational event for the whole family. The event takes place on Saturday 5 September and is free for young people under 18. To book your ticket click 
here.

Take part in a Select a Quest mission!
Pins and Needles Productions brings you an interactive online event. It’s a vibrant mix of mystery, silliness, and fun as families get together to explore the 27 scenes set across six levels, leading to one winner. Select a Quest promises to offer families an innovative theatrical experience in the comfort of your own home. It’s free to participate and takes place on Saturday 5 September. To sign up click here.

In The Know : Box out the boredom this Summer!

In The Know : Box out the boredom this Summer!

In The Know Parents What's new?

Summer is in full swing and although outdoor activities are slowly but surely becoming an option again, you might still prefer to spend most of your time indoors. This week, we have found three online activities that will keep your child entertained in the comfort of your home. Read on to find out more.

Join the Global Teenpreneur Challenge!
It’s almost time for the Global Teenpreneur Challenge! We’re so excited to bring you an exciting new competition for young people aged 13-17. This is an excellent opportunity for your child to learn how to build and launch 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.

Create your own animated short film!
Camberwell College of Arts is hosting a free workshop for young people between the ages of 7 and 13 where they can learn to create a collaborative animated short film. Participants will generate concepts, draw in elements, and record voice-overs for a final film, which will be screened at the end of the Summer Sessions workshops! The first session starts on Tuesday 1st September. To sign up click here.

Join Virtual Girls Into Coding #2!
Girls into coding is hosting a free online event for girls aged 10-14. With 4 exciting workshops to choose from, your child will be able to explore online coding activities, online robotics, 3D Design, electronics, and physical computing. This is the perfect opportunity to get some hands-on coding time from the comfort of your home! The workshop will be held on Sunday 6th September 2020. To find out more click here.

In The Know : Become an Entrepreneur this Summer!

In The Know : Become an Entrepreneur this Summer!

In The Know Parents What's new?

With most of us still choosing to stay home, despite the great weather we’ve been having, we had a look at exciting online opportunities available to nurture your child’s entrepreneurial spirit and motivate them to act on their ideas! Even if your child is not an entrepreneur, entrepreneurship skills can help them build on their problem-solving skills and resilience. Read on to find out more.

Global Teenpreneur Challenge!
Global Teenpreneur is almost here! We have partnered with our scholars to bring you an exciting new competition for young people aged 13-17. It’s an excellent opportunity for your child to learn how to build and launch their own business whilst working in a team. 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.

Ultra Educations Online Business Fair
Ultra Education will be hosting their first online business fair on Saturday 22 August and Sunday 23 August 2020. The event will be Live on Hopin and is free to enter. It’s an inspiring event for the whole family where you’ll see entrepreneurs as young as 7 up to 18 yrs old showcase their products in business sectors such as Technology, Food, Fashion, and Music. To register click here.

If Only They Knew Podcast with Ted Lawlor
This podcast, led by Ted Lawlor, a young entrepreneur who has his own social media group, showcases young business minds from across the UK, sharing their opinions and advice to help other young people who are interested in business. The guests are in their late teens and each episode is sure to provide both value and entertainment. If your child is a young entrepreneur looking for advice and stories that they can relate to, this is the podcast for them. To listen click here 

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Volunteer Spotlight: Meet one of our Volunteer Mentors – Rachel

Volunteer spotlight Volunteers What's new?

At GT Scholars we have a great team of volunteer tutors and mentors that are passionate about helping young people learn, grow, and achieve their goals in life. We have regular spotlight interviews with our volunteers where they share a bit more about themselves and why they chose to volunteer. Here is a recent interview with one of our volunteer mentors – Rachel

Tell us a bit more about yourself
Hi, I’m Rachel, and I’m an architect and Design Manager living in London and I’m also a mentor for GT Scholars.

Why did you decide to volunteer as a mentor with GT Scholars?
I wanted to become a mentor with GT Scholars because I care a lot about social mobility in this country. I went to state comprehensive school, and I think it’s good for people to understand that it’s possible to be successful if you attended a comprehensive school. I came across GT Scholars because I knew that I wanted to volunteer with young people and help them with their choices. GT Scholars offered everything that I wanted to help out with.

How did you find the application process?
The process that I went through for joining GT Scholars, I had to answer some questions that Marilyn & Temi gave me. I actually went to meet Temi, the founder in person and it was just an informal nice chat. I was able to ask lots of questions about the process and what we were doing. After that, I had to do some online training which was really helpful and informative. The training provided lots of information about the status of social mobility and state schools in the UK. It was quite a quick process and after I completed the training I was matched with a mentee.

What was your first mentoring session like?
For my first session with Laura, we met up, and we had a very informal conversation, it was just a get to know you chat. I told her a bit more about myself that I’m an architect and about the university I went to. She also told me what she’s doing at school, what her favourite subjects are, what she likes, what she doesn’t like, and that way I was able to build a picture of the things that I might be able to help with, in our future sessions.

What sort of challenges have you helped your mentee with?
During our sessions, I helped Laura with looking into career options and possibilities for after school. We worked on trying to distill down the options, working through the information overload that’s out there on the internet, and time management was also something that Laura was keen to find out more about. It’s definitely something you can learn, it’s a process and you can get better at it.

What qualities made Laura a good mentee?
The qualities that made Laura a really good mentee were one that she was very keen to learn, open to suggestions and it was very easy to get the conversation going between us. It’s also really good to understand the issues that young people are facing these days, so it was beneficial for me as well as for her.

Why do you think mentoring is so valuable for young people?
I think mentoring is really valuable to young people these days because often in schools I think that there’s not a lot of time in the day to dedicate one on one time. It’s nice to have an open and frank conversation and discussion about the issues that young people are facing these days and just to let them know about all the options that are out there. It’s also good to let them know that they’re very young still, obviously, and basically try to keep your options open, not too close down too many at this stage. You can always go through the refinement process and learn more about what you like, what you don’t like, and know it’s not a mistake to just go through a learning process.

What have you gained from volunteering as a mentor?
So the things I think I’ve gained personally from being a mentor for GT Scholars were finding out more about the issues that young people face today. It’s also been helpful to see how the skills that I’ve learned over the years, been able to help and to offer motivation to young people. Providing a way to help young people think positively has been beneficial to me.

What support have you had as a mentor at GT Scholars?
The support I’ve had from GT Scholars since I signed on as a mentor has been really great and helpful. So in the first instance, I was given some online training to help me with my sessions which were really informative and useful. GT Scholars also checked in with me once a week or every two weeks to see how the sessions were going and if I was having any issues or if I needed any more support. So there weren’t any issues, but it was nice to have the dialogue going constantly.

What would you say to anyone wanting to become a mentor?
If anyone is looking to become a mentor with GT Scholars, I would definitely recommend it and say go for it. You get a lot of support from GT Scholars and it’s a very rewarding opportunity. It’s great to meet young people who are keen to follow their dreams, find out what’s out there, and who’s motivated to learn. It was great to have an open and honest discussion with a young person about their hopes, aspirations and helping them with any issues they might have with the skills that I’ve developed and learned over the years. It’s definitely something that you can fit really easily into your working life, and it was just a nice extra thing to have in my life.

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.