In The Know – Develop your skills and have some fun!

In The Know – Develop your skills and have some fun!

In The Know Parents What's new?

This week we’ve listed 3 opportunities that are quite different from one another; there’s something for everyone. From a fun family event to planning for the future or becoming part of a special network! All the opportunities for young people can be done remotely and online. Keep scrolling to find out more!

The BIG Stay-At-Home Quiz!
This family-friendly quiz is hosted by Social Dist.Co and is the perfect way to spend time as a family and tap into some team spirit. People from all over the world can join in on this fun virtual quiz game where families get to compete against other teams. The quizzes will take place on Saturday the 18th and 25th of April. There is a £5 donation entry fee per team with cash prizes up for grabs for the top 3 teams. All remaining profits will be donated to a local charity. For more information and team entries click here.

Virtual Work experience with Barclay Life Skills
Many young people may take this time to reflect and plan for their future. Young people aged 14 and up can register for free on the Barclays Life Skills platform to help them find out what their strengths are, develop their skills, plan for the future and even get virtual work experience! For more information on the different opportunities available, please follow this link.

Join the GT Scholars Youth Board!
GT Scholars is looking for young people aged 13-16 who are currently on one of their programmes or have attended at least one programme, workshop or course in the past 12 months. Young people who join the Youth Board will get the chance to work collaboratively with GT Scholars, be co-designers and join in decision making, on matters that will impact young people on our programmes. Applications must be received by Friday 15th May. For more information and to find out how to apply, click here.

Friends of GT Scholars – It’s all about having some fun and helping young people!

Friends of GT Scholars – It’s all about having some fun and helping young people!

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

And Friday rolls over again! With everything that’s going on in the world lately, I’ve decided to do something fun this weekend. I believe everyone needs to have more fun because it relieves stress, uplifts your mood and it can even boost productivity and innovation!  So whatever you’ve got planned for the weekend, I hope you’ll find some time to have a bit of fun! If Hillary can, so can we! Since we’re on the subject, here are some fun volunteering opportunities for you to get involved with.

Would you like to help out with our study skills workshop?
We’re looking for volunteers to help out at our ‘Annual Ready, Set Go: Acing Your Exams!’ workshop, which is a study skills workshop to help young people ace their exams. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet our scholars and interact with young people from a range of backgrounds, helping them with some fun skill-building activities. The workshop will take place on Saturday 14th March at Goldsmiths University and will run from 10am – 4pm. Please let me know if you’re available to help on the day!

Fancy featuring in our volunteer spotlight?
We’re looking for volunteers to feature in our next volunteer spotlight video interview series (we promise to film your good side!) We’ve still got a few spots left in our schedule and would love to hear more about your volunteer experience and how you’ve been able to help your scholar! Camera shy? Don’t worry, we can set up a phone interview instead. If you’ve volunteered with us in the last 6 months and would like to feature in our next spotlight, please get in touch! I’ll also be making some calls in the next couple of weeks.

How to make the most out of the volunteering experience!
Enjoying yourself is one of the most important factors in making the most of your volunteering experience. This is why it is so important to engage in volunteer work that is in line with your passion, interests, and personal goals. Volunteering is about giving up some of your time and using your skills to help others. But have you ever thought about how volunteering can make a significant impact on your life as well? To find out how volunteering can impact your life and how to make the most out of your volunteering experience follow this link to our blog.

 

Have a great weekend!

In The Know – Lights, Camera, Action!

In The Know – Lights, Camera, Action!

In The Know Parents What's new?

Making a film or video content is a fantastic creative process which can engage a mixed group of young people in working towards a united goal. Through engagement with the filmmaking process, young people can find their voice, tell their story and explore creative ways to express themselves.  This week’s events will help you facilitate an introduction into filmmaking and support you on the creative path to making your first film.

Open Day with Free Masterclass
The central film school is hosting an open day for all young people with a desire to study filmmaking. They can explore and learn about what the school has to offer with advice and guidance from programme leaders and industry professionals. Take a tour of the facilities and enjoy the Masterclass. This free event will take place on Saturday, 29th February 2020 from 11am – 2pm at the Central Film School in London. Find out more here.

Short Film Screening Night
Claudia Kaleta is offering a wonderful opportunity for filmmakers and film enthusiasts, aged 16 and above to get together, network and watch weird and wonderful films together at the Kensington Central Library on Saturday 29th February 2020 from 4pm – 7pm. At this event, they will also be screening an additional three short and mysterious films on the same night that will be announced a few days prior to the event. There is a small entrance ticket of £5. Find out more here.

Photosoc Exhibition
Imperial College London is showing a PhotoSoc exhibition on the 26th February 2020 to 12th March 2020 from 9am to 9pm at the South Kensington Campus. This free event is open to all and is dedicated to providing people with guidance to flourish as a photographer. Meet others with the same passion and most of all enjoy yourself, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned expert this event will inspire you. Find out more here.

GT Scholars is a social enterprise that provides tutoring, mentoring and enrichment to young people from a range of backgrounds. To find out more about our volunteering opportunities, please get in touch with us via the website

Friends of GT Scholars – Looking for Speakers for Careers Day 2020!

Friends of GT Scholars – Looking for Speakers for Careers Day 2020!

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

It’s finally Friday! It’s been really busy over here with the launch of the new Inspiring Future Leaders programme, with two back-to-back workshops yesterday and today. Thanks to all the volunteers and workshop facilitators who are helping on these days! You’re the best! There are lots more events coming up this year, so please stay tuned for more details. Let’s start with what’s lined up for the next few weeks.

 

Would you like to be a speaker at Careers Day 2020?
The 5th Annual GT Scholars Career Day at Goldsmiths University is coming up soon and we’re really looking forward to it. It’s one of our most popular workshops and it’s always great to bring parents, scholars and volunteers together. I’m busy planning the panel of speakers for the day and I’m looking for volunteers from different career backgrounds to speak on the day, sharing their career success stories and opportunities available with young people and their parents. If you’d like to get involved, please get in touch with me.

Do you know of a great venue?
We’ve got over 10 events lined up over the next 6 months and we still need to confirm venues for a few of them. The perfect venue for our scholar workshops and volunteer meetups should be central, big enough to host up to 35 people and preferably bright with AV facilities. If you know of a great space at your workplace or local to you that we can contact to enquire about rates and venue availability please let me know. I’d really appreciate your suggestions!

How to make mentoring sessions impactful
The Inspiring Future Leaders programme has officially kicked off and that means we now have two great programmes offering volunteer mentoring opportunities. There’s definitely a lot of mentoring going around! It might not be your first mentoring rodeo or you might be getting ready for your very first mentoring session or perhaps you might be thinking of becoming a volunteer mentor. Whichever the case this blog can help you make your sessions interesting and impactful!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Friends of GT Scholars – Would you like to feature in our Volunteer Spotlight Series?

Friends of GT Scholars – Would you like to feature in our Volunteer Spotlight Series?

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

Happy Friday!… uh umm… or should I say Brexit day? I’m sure many of us are wondering what will be different now. Anyway focusing on other news, a section of Trump’s ‘’big beautiful border wall’’ between the US and Mexico blew over due to high winds yesterday. At this rate, I wonder if the rest of the ‘’beautiful, unbreakable, wall’’ will be gone with the wind soon? I guess it was all hammer and no nail with this one! Okay, enough chitter-chatter for now, let’s dive into this week’s newsletter!

Volunteer Spotlight
Through the effort and hard work of volunteer tutors and mentors, our scholars are thriving in their academic and personal lives. We want people to know more about our volunteers, the difference they made and what makes them tick. We’re looking for volunteers to feature in our new volunteer spotlight series. The interview can be a telephone interview or video interview. If you’ve volunteered in the last 6 -12 months, then please get in touch with me. I’m looking forward to hearing from you and getting to know your story! 

 

Volunteer and inspire boys to become leaders!
We still need a few more volunteer mentors for the Inspiring Future Leaders Programme. A huge thank you to everyone who confirmed there availability to volunteer with this amazing programme! This new leadership programme will be launched in February 2020 and will work with young boys between the ages of 12 to 14. These boys are at risk of permanent exclusion but have been identified as having great leadership skills, but not reaching their full potential. Mentors will need to commit to 1 hour a month for 6 months and also be available to support at 1 of the 10 enrichment or skill-building days. There will be a training day for all volunteer mentors to prepare them for the mentoring sessions. Please let me know if you’d like to get involved and I’ll get in touch.

 

Partnerships and corporate sponsorships
We’re always interested in forming new meaningful connections and partnerships with organisations that would like to help improve social mobility for young people. If you think that your company or network would be interested in finding out more about partnering with GT Scholars, then please get in touch with me and I’ll fill you in on the details on how your company or network can get involved in our programmes and events.

 

Have a great weekend!

In the Know  –  Getting ahead in 2020!

In the Know – Getting ahead in 2020!

In The Know Parents What's new?

With the new academic term well on its way, we have found a selection of practical, fun and interactive events that will stimulate, excite and get them off to a great start in their STEM and non STEM subjects for this year. These events are for teens interested in gaming, coding, language and Social Science subjects.

Free Coderdojo
Sunday 26 January there will be a free Coderdojo at the National Museum of Computing. This free event is for coding enthusiasts aged 7 – 17 years. The aim is to is for everyone is to learn about coding in a fun and safe environment. Experienced coders, as well as beginners, are welcome to join this event. It takes place at The National Museum of Computing, Bletchley Park, Bletchley from 10.30am – 12.30pm. Tickets can be booked at Eventbrite.

English Literature and Social Science Immersion day
A thought-provoking look into what it takes to study subjects at academic A level, for young people aged 16 -19. This immersive event focuses on Arts, Humanities and Social Science. Several languages and subject matter are on offer and participants are encouraged to choose three to focus on for the day. The event takes place at the London Academy of Excellence, Lilywhite House, High Road, London on Saturday 25 January 2020 from 08.30am – 12.30pm. Follow this link for more information

Game Design with Microsoft MakeCode Arcade and Meowbit
Young people aged 11 years and older, who are interested in game design and programming are invited to participate in this popular educational platform. This event allows the audience to receive practical knowledge in Maths and Physics by building their games. The designed games can be downloaded to Meowbit, a device similar to the Gameboy. This free event takes place Sunday 26 January from 2pm-4pm at Studio Cambridge, Station Road, Cambridge. Tickets can be booked at this link.

The GT Scholars Programme is an after-school programme that focuses on social mobility, growth mindset and helping young people to achieve their aspirations. The programme includes tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-16. If you would like to know more, please contact us here.

Friends of GT Scholars – Here’s how you can volunteer in 2020!

Friends of GT Scholars – Here’s how you can volunteer in 2020!

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

We’re back! I hope you’ve had a great festive season and you’re looking forward to the New Year as much as I am? There’s a lot of new things on the horizon which I hope you’ll be interested in getting involved with, like extra support for volunteers and our new Inspiring Future Leaders Programme starting next month! So grab a cup of coffee, take a quick break and enjoy the first official newsletter of 2020! 

Can you tutor English?
Wow, we have such a demand for English tuition this term and that’s really awesome! We’ve been able to offer a couple of young people a place on the programme. Thanks to everyone who’s confirmed their availability so far. We still have 7 more scholars who need support in English and need your help. So if you’ll be able to volunteer as an English tutor for 1 hour a week from January to April please get in touch! This can make a great difference in a young person’s life!


We’re looking for mentors for the Inspiring Future Leaders Programme!
This new programme sponsored by the Mayor of London & National Lottery Fund will kick-off in February and run until July 2020. The focus will be on helping young boys in London at risk of exclusion, between the ages of 12-14. Young boys joining the programme have been identified as having high aspirations but also struggling with some challenging issues in their personal lives. We’re looking for volunteer mentors to deliver monthly face-to-face mentoring sessions in London. Please feel free to contact me if you’d like more information on mentoring and supporting this group.

Work experience opportunities!
During the last term, I’ve received quite a few enquiries from parents about work experience for young people.  Work experience can help young people build their CV and develop skills and have a life-changing effect on them that can set them on course to a great start and future! We’re hoping to connect our GT Scholars alumni with work experience opportunities. Please let me know if you know of any work experience opportunities within your company or network and I’ll give you a call for a quick chat!


Have a great weekend!

In the Know -Captivating Career Workshops!

In the Know -Captivating Career Workshops!

In The Know Parents What's new?

Welcome to 2020, the start of a new year and a new term! We have uncovered some funfilled and informative events and programmes to help you set the tone for your children’s goals and aspirations for the year ahead. It is greatly beneficial to be prepared and these events will help them discover a world of opportunity.

Free STEM Immersion Day
This event will take you on an immersive journey of discovery.  Students aged 16 -18 will be presented with a scenario that relies on their skills and knowledge of science.  There will be a variety of activities for the students to do that aim to inform them of how mathematics works in the real world.  The event takes place on Saturday 18 January 2020 at the London Academy of Excellence Tottenham,  London and starts at 8.30am. For more information, please follow the link.

Free Philosophy Now Festival
Philosophy is the study of knowledge, reality and the world that we exist in. Explore this family-friendly event brimming with games, workshops and interesting age-appropriate debates. There are more than 30 events planned, featuring topics like the Wonderful World of Numbers, a debate about the origin of mathematics and numbers.  The event takes place on Saturday 18 January at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London. There are two sessions at 11am and 2pm. More information is available at this link.

Creative Careers Day
This free event is for young people aged 14 -18 years and will give them insight into the different careers they never knew existed within the visual arts industry. The afternoon will be filled with discussions, workshops, career advice and various topics such as making an exhibition, handling art and publishing. The event is on Saturday the 18 January 2020 at 12pm at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Lambeth. For more information follow the link.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. We run after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.

In The Know – Book your Coding Workshops PLUS a Freebie for Coding Week!

In The Know – Book your Coding Workshops PLUS a Freebie for Coding Week!

Coding & Technology In The Know Parents What's new?

This week is European Coding week and we’ll be celebrating throughout this month with tech related blog posts, a free resource for you to download and further celebrations later this month with a series of half-term coding workshops at Google Academy London!

Free Download – 20 Free Coding Resources!
Did you know that you can teach yourself how to code? We’ve put together some amazing websites that young people can use to teach themselves how to code! These websites and online platforms are easy to use and they are free to access. From solving fun storyline problems using coding to animation & art themed challenges, this is a fantastic download for young people interested in coding. Follow this link for your free download!

#DayofCode – Wednesday 23rd October & Thursday 24th October
We’ve managed to secure three dates to run coding workshops at Google Academy! As many parents have requested, #DayofCode will be open to boys and girls aged 12-16 (Years 8 to 11). The workshops will give each young person a chance to develop their coding skills and build an exciting mobile app game in just one day! The workshop content is repeated so you only need to book your child for one day! All tickets will be released in phases via eventbrite: www.gtscholars.eventbrite.com

#GirlMeetsCode – Tuesday 22nd October 2019
All the stats show that there are fewer women in Tech and numbers have declined since the 90s! We know that girls can be a force for good in the world and many technology companies are actively seeking women to make a change in the technology world. For this reason, we’re running a special day coding workshop just for girls! Similar to #DayofCode, this workshop will not require any previous coding experience as you’ll be guided through the day by our facilitators and volunteers. To join in with the girls go to: www.gtscholars.eventbrite.com

 

 

An Interview with a Parent: ”The online maths tutoring sessions have definitely helped her excel in maths. ”

An Interview with a Parent: ”The online maths tutoring sessions have definitely helped her excel in maths. ”

Parent Spotlight Scholar spotlight What's new?

We had the pleasure of interviewing a parent of one of the scholars on the Bright Ambitions Programme this term. It was great to hear about her experience with the programme and to find out if being on the programme made any positive impact on her daughter’s life.

How did you find out about GT Scholars?
We first got introduced to the programme when Laura’s religious (RE) teacher passed on information about a GT Scholars Workshop called the Career Insight: Pre Launch Event. Laura was very interested in going and shared the information with me. Just days before, my friend and I had a conversation about career choices and about the fact that most young people do not have enough in-depth information on different careers these days. After she attended the workshop she was fascinated by the different career choices available to her. This workshop was a real eye-opener for my daughter and after the workshop, she decided she was not completely set on pursuing a career as an architect and wanted to look more into a career in business. Since then, she’s been thinking about a career where she can combine her love for art and her interest in business.

Have you seen any positive change in your daughter since she joined the Bright Ambitions programme?
I’ve definitely seen a lot of improvement in her maths. It’s great because I cannot help her that much with maths since it’s not one of my strong areas. It was important for her to fill in the gaps on areas that she’s been struggling with. Maths is an important subject for my daughter because she’ll definitely need it for the career paths she’s interested in. Since having her regular online tutoring and mentoring sessions she’s become more confident. She recently completed her exams and we are very pleased with the results. My daughter has moved up an entire set in Maths and she is also one of the top two students of her class!

Do you feel that it was worth enrolling Laura to the Bright Ambitions programme?
I would say yes, it was definitely worth it. The online maths tutoring sessions have definitely helped her excel in maths and the mentoring sessions have helped build her confidence and made her more open-minded.

As a parent, how did you find interacting with the tutors and mentors?
I am very pleased with Derek, he is a very nice guy and he’s absolutely wonderful as a tutor. Our mentor, Rachel is also a wonderful lady and my daughter gets on well with her. She really guided her on finding her own career path and keeping her options open.

What do you like about the fact that tutoring is done online?
What I like most about online tutoring is the convenience of it. It eliminates the stress of having to travel to a location for every tutoring session and my daughter can enjoy her tutoring sessions in the comfort of our home. The fact that there is a dedicated tutor that works with her to reach her goals is also great.

Would you recommend GT Scholars to other parents out there looking for a tutoring and mentoring programme?
Yes, I would because I think it works out and is worth it in the end. The results are great!