Scroll down the timeline to read about our journey so far!
GT Scholars Pilot Programme is launched
November 16, 2013
Temi Kamson, Maths teacher and University of Cambridge Alumni, launched a pilot tutoring and mentoring programme during her maternity leave. She was approached by some young people living locally to her asking for support with improving their grades. Using a unique, means-tested payment method for the families she worked with. She agreed to support the students by asking parents to contribute an affordable fee to the programme in order to ensure attendance and engagement. She found a local library to run the programme and within a few weeks, she was able to enlist the support from volunteer mentors and volunteer tutors to provide additional support to the young people. She saw students grades improve dramatically and this spurred her on to set up GT Scholars CIC & GT Scholars Foundation.
GT Scholars Joins Lloyds Bank School for Social Entrepreneurs Start-Up Programme
November 7, 2014
We joined the Lloyds Bank School for Social Entrepreneurs Start Up Programme where we developed the skills, strengths and networks that we needed to tackle our goals. During this period, we attended courses that equipped us to start, scale and strengthen our organisation as a social enterprise, which allowed us to develop programmes and ideas that are effective, sustainable and impactful.
Won first round of social investment from SE-Assist
April 21, 2016
SE-Assist, founded by Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) and Legal & General, is a pioneering approach to social investment, which brings together large businesses and social enterprises. The Social Investment Committee provided us with the finances to develop our programmes. We are also part of a mentorship programme with a mentor from Legal & General, who gives us insightful advice and guidance as we continue to develop and improve our existing and new programmes
GT Scholars goes digital with online tutoring!
September 1, 2016
In a bold and innovative approach, we decided to embrace the power of technology and go digital! Our tutoring programme, which took place in-person at libraries in Croydon, was moved to an online platform. This was done for the benefit of our scholars, volunteers and the organisation as a whole. The convenience of an online tutoring programme made it far easier for our scholars to access quality one-to-one tutoring. It also made it far easier for our volunteers and it attracted even more volunteer tutors to join our programme. Online tutoring also allowed us to easily extend our reach beyond Croydon to London as a whole, allowing us to increase our impact and help even more young people to reach their academic aspirations.
GT Scholars completes the Young Foundation Accelerator programme and wins second round of social investment from Young Foundation
November 25, 2016
The Young Foundation Accelerator is an intensive four-month programme intended to propel and rapidly accelerate social enterprises through an effective combination of business support and social investment. The Young Foundation has a Social Innovation and Investment Team which is particularly interested in the fields of health, education and places that are focused on changing people’s lives for the better. Through the Accelerator programme, we were able to secure a second round of investment for GT Scholars.The accelerator programme also helped us further develop our theory of change, improve our marketing and branding strategies and improve our business model. This has helped us develop additional programmes that are sustainable and meet our mission of tackling social mobility through education.
Awarded the BlackRock Gives grant for the Blackrock-GT Scholars Programme
December 5, 2017
Nominated by one of our board members, we were successfully awarded the BlackRock Gives grant to run the BlackRock-GT Scholars Programme. The BlackRock Gives grant supports local nonprofit organizations that build access to better futures for underserved individuals and communities. This programme was targeted for young people that have relatively high academic and career aspirations but are statistically least likely to achieve their aspirations based on their household income and current attainment. Through this programme we were able to provide 60 young people on Free School Meals with tutoring, mentoring, and enrichment.
GT Scholars Joins The EY Foundation Accelerate Programme
July 18, 2018
We joined the 12-month Accelerate programme run by the EY Foundation for social enterprises focused on supporting young people into education, employment or enterprise. The programme included business coaching, workshops, networking opportunities and project support. Through this programme, we were able to focus on scaling up our social enterprise and increasing our impact.
Awarded the Big Lottery Awards for All grant for the GT Scholars Big Lottery Project
September 11, 2018
We were successfully awarded the Big Lottery Awards for All grant under their funding priority to enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage. Through the GT Scholars Big Lottery Project, we were able to work with disadvantaged young people in the greater London area and provide them with a tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programme that assists them with achieving their aspirations. The programme targeted young people aged 11 to 16 and provided them with the strategies, skills and support that they need to achieve their academic and career potential.
GT Scholars launches the #GirlMeetsCode programme
October 20, 2018
With support from Tech Trust, an organisation that helps good causes use technology to achieve even more, we ran the #GirlMeetsCode programme for girls between the ages of 11 to 16 in London. This programme addressed the lack of female representation in the UK tech sector by introducing coding and computer science to girls. We looked at a broad range of digital topics within creative coding and showed the scholars how to think of ways to use technology to solve everyday problems.
GT Scholars joins the Lloyds Bank School for Social Entrepreneurs Trade Up Programme
November 16, 2018
Through the Lloyds Bank School for Social Entrepreneurs Trade Up Programme we received the support to make our organisation more sustainable and to create more impact. Together with a 14-day learning programme, we received a match trading grant, a support network of other social entrepreneurs at a similar stage to us, and a mentor to take our organisation to the next level.
GT Scholars Alumni, Michael Olorode featured in The Guardian
November 30, 2018
One of our GT Scholars alumni, Michael Olorode, was featured in The Guardian’s spotlight on student finance. In the article he explained how he has funded his way through university without a loan. He explained the importance of GT Scholars in helping him work hard at school so that he ultimately got some of the best A-level grades in his class and how his mentors at GT Scholars instilled in him the importance of working hard for what he wants in life.
GT Scholars launches the Raising Aspirations Programme for ambitious Looked After Children
January 15, 2019
We ran a pilot project for the Raising Aspirations Programme with young people living in care from the London boroughs of Bromley and Greenwich. This programme included enrichment and skill-building workshops at our corporate and university partners across London, namely Google, EY, Lloyds Bank, Clifford Chance, Goldsmiths University of London, London School of Economics, Queen Mary University of London, and the University of Westminster. The aim of the programme was to make young people living in care aware of the opportunities available to them and to help them build the skills to access these opportunities. Through this programme, we aimed to raise their aspirations and build their confidence so that they are able to work towards a brighter future.