Friends of GT Scholars – A response to #BlackoutTuesday from Temi Kamson

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

I hope that you’ve had a fantastic week? This week, social media and the news has been filled with stories about #BlackoutTuesday, anti-racism, and the black experience. As a non-profit with a black founder CEO, a diverse team, diverse volunteers and a diverse board, working with young people from diverse backgrounds, we’re so glad that more people are opening up to conversations about race and inclusion! This week features a must-read blog from Temi Kamson – GT Scholars Founder & CEO.

7 lessons to teach my black son (any young black person)
#BlackoutTuesday was definitely a day to remember! The whole world was talking about race and equality and there was definitely a buzz in the air – Many companies have pledged their re-commitment to stamping out racism. Our CEO, Temi, has put together a heartfelt blog where she shares her personal experiences of inequality, speaks out about race, and offers some tips for anyone who wants to support more black people and be more anti-racist. It’s definitely a piece that’s worth reading and will linger in your thoughts long after reading it. You might need to grab a cup of tea but I promise that it’ll be worth the read. You can find the full blog by following this link.

Have you seen our Thank You Wall lately?
We continue to receive amazing feedback from our scholars and their parents on how our volunteers changed their lives. This is what one of our parents had to say “My son’s tutor, Alison, is really patient with him and he is feeling that the sessions are really helpful. Even when he was out of the country for a while his tutoring sessions have allowed him to catch up.” – Debbiesha. You can read more about what the parents and young people had to say here.

12 Tips for Volunteer Tutors!
Volunteering as an online tutor with GT Scholars can be a great and rewarding experience for both the tutor and the tutee. Whether you are an experienced online tutor with GT Scholars or just getting started, we’ve put together some great tips to ensure your tutoring sessions kick off smoothly. These tips will help you make your sessions impactful, and allow you to build a great relationship with your tutee and their parents. Read the full blog by following this link.

Have a great week!

Marilyn van Heerden

An interview with one of our scholars Priscilla

An interview with one of our scholars Priscilla

Online volunteering Post 16 Private tutoring Scholar spotlight What's new? Young people

Please tell me a little bit more about yourself?
My name is Priscilla, I’m 16 years old. I like swimming and I was part of a competitive swimming team for two years. I have a passion for swimming and therefore, I decided to take a rookie life-guard course so that I can apply for a part-time role as a life-guard with an indoor swimming facility. My favorite subjects is English & History and in the future I would like to become a lawyer.

Why did you decide on law?
My parents work in the NHS, so when I was younger, I wanted to become a doctor. I then realised that I wasn’t that good in science, but that I had a keen interest and passion for English. I love debating and I love talking and speaking out, so law was just something that caught my attention. I also love reading & investigating which forms part of the law sector. I’m definitely looking into attending one of the Russell Group Universities. My dream is to go to Harvard, Oxford or Cambridge – any one of the top universities would be great to get into.

Why did you decide to join GT Scholars?
My mum did some research and came across GT Scholars. She told me about it and we went to a workshop, I found it interesting and it met my needs. For me having online tutoring sessions was also easier. The whole programme seemed interesting and it was also cheaper than the tuition that we were paying for at the time.

When you decided to join GT Scholars, did you have any special goals that you wanted to achieve? 
Yes, so when I first started I focused on Maths because my Maths grades were really low. I wanted to pay extra attention to Maths and I wanted to be able to at least get an A grade for Maths at GCSE level. I feel like I managed to achieve my goal in the mock exam earlier this year. I didn’t have a chance to write my GCSE Maths exam because of the GCSE’s that was cancelled, but in the mock exam, I have really improved. I ended up getting a grade 7, which is all because of GT Scholars and my maths tutor.

Your second term with GT Scholars you decided on focusing on English instead of Maths; how did that go?
My tutor Michael really helped me a lot and he made me think about the questions and answering them in a different way, which really ended up helping me during my exam. Because I really enjoy English, it was very nice to talk to someone who is also passionate about English to help develop my reading skills. I started off with a grade 6 and I ended up getting a grade 8 in English.

What positive impact did the programme have on you? 
The programme really helped me with setting up my study time. Before joining the programme I would procrastinate when it came to working. I  found that I didn’t really have an interest in doing work, but because of GT Scholars and getting homework regularly, I had that one hour a week to focus, so it was really good in terms of keeping up with my studies.

What was your favorite part of the programme?
My favorite part of the programme was the enrichment and skill building days that I got to go to. The Dragon’s Den was my favorite workshop. I got to meet new people and learn new skills, so it was definitely my favorite part of the programme.

Did you learn anything new about yourself while being on the GT Scholars programme?
I learned without a push from the tutors always supporting and checking in with me, I wouldn’t really be studying as much as I would’ve before joining the GT Scholars Programme. I feel like when I have someone by my side always encouraging me and checking up on me, it works out better for me.

And now that you are moving on to A levels –  will you be applying things that you have learned during the programme to your future studies? And what will that be?
Yes, less procrastination. I’m definitely going to make a revision timetable. I’ll also revise any work that I’ll do on a daily basis. Coming back home and reviewing the work and making flashcards so that I know that at the end of the term I don’t have to be stressed out, because I have my flashcards already prepared and ready to start my revision studies.

Do you have any advice for a young person that is considering to join the GT Scholars programmes?
My advice to them would be to have an open mind and to have a growth mindset because the programme is online. The environment will be different and it might be easy to get distracted, but if you approach it with an open mind and be willing to build a good relationship with your tutor, it will really help with the learning process. Then also remember that if you ever get stuck contact your tutor because they’re always willing to help.

What was the most helpful thing that your tutor taught you or helped you with?
I had two different relationships with my tutors because the subjects were completely different. Martin was my maths tutor and he was very understanding because he recently did his GCSE’s, and he could easily relate to me and explain things to me in a clear way. The one thing that I learned from Martin, was to not have an “I can’t do it” mindset. He really pushed me, even if I didn’t know how to approach a question he would always push me to be able to answer the question myself because he knew that I could do it. Michael was my English tutor and he had a lot of experience within the schools and education systems. He taught me to be confident with my answers and taught me to always read my answers back to myself, even when I think that I’m finished,  there is always something to add or improve on what I’ve written. He definitely taught me about self-confidence and using my imagination in creative writing.

Your tutors helped you develop a growth mindset and having self-confidence – When approaching a challenge do you approach it with a growth mindset and self-confidence?
Yes, and not only on an academic level but also in my day to day life. When I was swimming, I felt that I wanted to give up and I would remind myself that I can do it. Nowadays there are a lot of things I would do when before I wouldn’t have imagined that I could do it. When approaching something new I feel I can do it if I just put my mind to it. I also combine a growth mindset with self-confidence which my English tutor has taught me.

Is there anything you would like to say to your tutors that supported you on the programme?
I would just like to thank them for everything that they did because it is clearly evident that the programme made a positive impact on my Maths and English grades. I managed to go up two grades in both subjects which is what I wanted to achieve, and I would like to thank them for their time and dedication. They were really supportive, really nice, friendly people and from the first session, I felt like I clicked with them. So I would like to thank them for everything they have done for me!

In The Know – Creative and fun online workshops for everyone!

In The Know – Creative and fun online workshops for everyone!

In The Know Parents What's new?

How are you? I hope you’re looking forward to the weekend? This week we’ve lined up a couple of fun digital workshops that will definitely get your creative juices flowing! Being creative is very important and it allows us to express ourselves in a unique way!

Check out #iOiLoves for some fun DIY activities!
Known for their exciting, fun and creative workshops #iOiLoves will be sharing some of their favourite free DIY activities you can do at home. There are some great activities which allow the whole family to be all hands on deck! There’s definitely something for everyone from step by step stop-motion animation, designing your own game, making science ice cream and more! To see the full list of DIY activities click here.

Express yourself with the sound of music!
Soundgym is a free online music production school where young people can learn how to record and produce their own electronic music as well as the ins and outs of audio engineering! This is a perfect opportunity for young people interested in music to learn from educators and sound experts and also have access to full online support! You can also monitor your learning process and track your improvement over time. For more information click here.

Have you signed up to this free webinar for parents?
We’re excited to host our first online webinar for parents! The webinar, How To Facilitate Impactful & Meaningful Learning At Home, will focus on the best ways to design your own effective and impactful homeschooling journey. You’ll also learn how to be creative in using literature, games and movies to build connections and how to cultivate a thriving home learning environment.  It would be great if you could join us on Tuesday 19th May from 7pm-8pm. Sign up here!

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.

In The Know – Getting Ready For Success!

In The Know – Getting Ready For Success!

In The Know Parents What's new?

It’s never too late to develop good study habits and be informed about facing challenges at different stages of education or raise your interest in particular areas of study. In this week’s newsletter, we connect you to the events and services that can help young people improve their skills and move past these challenges. Here are our top events’ for getting connected with like-minded people who can add value to your lives.

Help your child Ace their Exams!
The GT Scholars Ready, Set, Go workshop is back! On Saturday 14th March from 10am to 4pm at Goldsmiths University in London, we’ll be running our hugely popular workshop designed to improve study skills and exam technique. This full-day workshop aims to help young people excel at exams by improving their study skills, time management, and making use of growth mindset techniques. As usual, tickets for this workshop are on the waiting list with priority tickets for scholars on one of our programmes. You can find out more here.

Beyond A-levels
On Thursday 12th March Dunottar school will be hosting an event titled ‘Beyond A-levels’ from 6pm – 8pm for young people aged 16 -18 years at the school main hall in Reigate, Surrey. This free event will be presented by four guest speakers providing insight into alternatives to University such as, pursuing an alternative career, earn as you learn opportunities and making the most of work experience. Projects Abroad UK will also showcase the variety of volunteering, internship, adventure and ethical trips available with them. You can find out more here.

JLC Workshop: Debate and Public Speaking Skills
The Junior Lawyers’ Club will be running Saturday workshops and holiday clubs for children in age groups 8-11 and 11-14 at the Mansel Road Centre, Wimbledon. They teach the key skills of being a lawyer through fun, fast-paced activities and challenges. Each workshop is based on a different theme, developing an interest in a range of topics and confidence in public speaking. Workshops are led by a panel of skilled actors and lawyers. The upcoming event will be on Saturday, 28th March 2020 from 2pm – 3.25pm at a fee of £11. You can find out more here.

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.

In The Know – Bringing Skills to Life!

In The Know – Bringing Skills to Life!

In The Know Parents What's new?

With half-term over and exams just around the corner – now is the best time to get young people in the mindset of exam success! In this week’s newsletter, we’ve put together some workshops and skill-building events that will help students improve their skills and help them face any challenges ahead! Scroll down to find out more!

Help your child Ace their Exams!
The GT Scholars Ready, Set, Go workshop is back! On Saturday 14th March from 10am to 4pm at Goldsmiths University in London, we’ll be running our hugely popular workshop designed to improve study skills and exam technique. Exams can be one one of the greatest challenges that young people face and just like any other challenge, you can succeed by simply equipping yourself with the right tools, strategies and techniques. This full-day workshop aims to help young people excel at exams by improving study skills, time management, and making use of growth mindset techniques. As usual, tickets for this workshop will be released via the waiting list with priority tickets for scholars on one of our programmes. You can find out more here.

British Science week 2020
British Science Week takes place between 6-15 March 2020 for a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths. Events take place in a range of locations, from museums, schools and universities to shopping centres, business premises, libraries and theatres. The theme for this year is ‘Our diverse planet.’ The activity packs contain lots of activities on this theme for three different stages: early years, primary, and secondary covering topics like biological diversity, social diversity, to the diversity of knowledge. These packs aim to encourage young people to think about everyday discoveries and how they affect their lives by exploring science in the world all around us. Find out more here.

Peckham Youth Market
Thinking of boosting your entrepreneurial skills? The Makeshift foundation is hosting ‘The Made in Peckham Youth Market’ where young people, between the ages of 16-25 are able to sell their services and products to the community at the Peckham Levels, 95A Rye Lane in London on Saturday 7th March 2020 from 1pm to 6pm. This event is a great opportunity for young entrepreneurs to sell, network and receive information about Make Shift Foundation’s Business Basic Workshops which provides support to young business owners. 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 – 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 – Let’s Inspire Future Leaders!

In the Know – Let’s Inspire Future Leaders!

In The Know Parents What's new?

Life is filled with competition and teamwork, from the playground to the corporate world. This week’s In the Know is slightly different from usual – with a couple of events and a brand new programme to nurture leadership skills in young people!

GT Scholars – Inspiring Future Leaders Programme
Young people in London have so much potential but often face a wide range of challenges – this is why we’ve teamed up with the Mayor of London to launch the Inspiring Future Leaders Programme! This is a new leadership programme for boys aged 12 to 14, who have great leadership skills but are not fully achieving their potential. The 6-month programme will include skill-building days, enrichment days and 1-to1 mentoring. The programme is free to all selected participants, it’s fully funded by Mayor of London & National Lottery and starts on 20th February 2020 until July 2020. If you’re interested or have any questions, please register your interest or call us on 02088168066. Applications close on Monday 10th February 2020.

Northolt library young people’s film club
A team of local young people are hosting a screening of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire to celebrate Harry Potter day on Saturday, 8 February 2020 from 1.30pm – 3pm at the Northolt Library, Northolt. This youth-led film group aims to involve and empower local communities by getting young people to make and show their own short films. This free event will consist of several challenges that will test the participants’ magical process and daring powers of deduction. Follow the link for more information.

Nomadic Youth’s Card Club #1 – BOSS MONSTER
Nomadic Youth’s Card Club is hosting their first-ever Card Club on Sunday, 9 February 2020  from 6pm – 8pm at the Blightly Cafe’, Tottenham. At this free event, you play new and interesting card and tabletop games, starting with the incredible and epic dungeon building card game called Boss Monster! This game is inspired by 8-bit side scroller games in which players compete to build the best dungeons, luring in brave heroes between 13 -18 years. Find out more here.

GT Scholars is a social enterprise and registered charity that runs tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programmes for young people aged 11-16. Registration for the programme is now open. Visit our website to find out more about our high impact courses, workshops and programmes that will teach your child the strategies and skills they need to achieve their aspirations.

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 – Festive, free family fun!

In the Know – Festive, free family fun!

In The Know Parents What's new?

With preparations for the holiday underway, we’ve uncovered a few stimulating programmes to add to your family’s Christmas holiday itinerary. These events will add a festive cheer while educating and keeping the whole family entertained.

Free Kids Entrepreneur Bootcamp
This inspiring event is aimed at young people aged 10 to 14 years with a passion and potential for entrepreneurship. They will gain a sense of commerce and learn invaluable skills like researching their product, competition, selling and creating products that consumers want. The first of six sessions start on Saturday 21 December from 3pm to 6pm at the London Graphics Studios, Kilburn Bridge House, Kilburn High Rd, London. For more information follow the Eventbrite link.

Free Coding & Robotics taster workshop
Fire Tech is offering their number one Junior Coder course as an early Christmas gift to young people aged 9 to 12 years. During this course, they will gather a practical understanding of basic concepts, learn about inputs and sensors and build mazes for robot challenges.  The workshop takes place on 20 December 2019, the first session starts at 9am at the Baden-Powell House, Queen’s Gate, Kensington. Follow the link for more information. 

Make a Christmas song.
This unique event will grab the attention of music and science enthusiasts alike. Using data science and artificial intelligence, create festive Christmas songs and jingles by remaking a classic or producing something brand new.  Auditions will take place after the workshop and the audience decides on the best song of the day. The free event is for the whole family and takes place on 21 December from 12pm to 2pm at the Canopy Market, King’s Cross, London. Follow the link for more information

The GT Scholars Programme is a not-for-profit social enterprise that tackles educational inequality and improves social mobility by helping young people aged 11-16 gain access to the most selective universities and the most competitive careers. Why not spread some good and forward this newsletter to a friend or send them this link so they can also sign up to our newsletter and stay up to date with our latest programmes and events.