Friends of GT Scholars – Can you help us reach more volunteers?

Friends of GT Scholars – Can you help us reach more volunteers?

What's new?

Friday is here! It’s definitely one of my favourite days of the week, especially if it is a sunny one like today. The weather forecast for the weekend also looks very promising so I hope you’ve got something fun planned! But before the weekend officially starts, take a minute or two to read this week’s newsletter!

Volunteer English and Maths Tutors needed!
We’re looking to recruit more volunteer Maths and English tutors to be matched with our new intake of scholars. We provide all the training needed, the tutoring is all done online and you’ll need to be able to commit to 1 hour a week for 12 weeks! If you know of a friend or colleague that would make a great tutor, please forward this email to them or refer them to our contact page

Can you volunteer next term as a mentor?
Mentors can help build their mentees’ confidence to pursue their aspirations, especially when it comes to young people who need to make decisions about their future, shedding some much-needed light on subject choices, university and different career opportunities. You’ll need to be available for 2hrs a month for at least 6 months. Please get in touch if you’d like to apply or you’d like to know more!

What will the future of education look like?
In today’s fast-paced world, the concept of education is ever-changing and needs to adapt to the way every new generation thinks. New innovative methods are needed to help young people learn effectively. One of our recent blogs talks about what education might look like in the future and how we can help young people prepare for it. Click here to read the full blog.

Have a great weekend!

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. Our after-school tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programme is designed to help young people aged 11-18 achieve their academic and career aspirations. Visit our website if you’d like to know more about the GT Scholars Programme and how you can make a significant difference in young people’s lives.

Friends of GT Scholars – An interview with one of our scholars!

Friends of GT Scholars – An interview with one of our scholars!

What's new? Young people

And Friday rolls over once again! I hope you’re having a good day so far? The last couple of weeks we had a lot of fun interviewing volunteers, parents and scholars and in this week’s newsletter, I’d like to share a scholar spotlight with you. Also, I’d like to share more details about our Ambassador’s network we’re launching.

Spotlight on one of our young scholars – Ladan
I recently had the chance to speak to one of our scholars who was on the Bright Ambitions programme throughout the last academic year. Ladan is a  bright young lady with a great future ahead of her. Her goal this term was to move up to higher-level Maths set which she was able to achieve with the support of her volunteer tutor and mentor.  Read her full interview by following this link.

We’re launching an Ambassador’s network for our volunteers!
We’re looking for volunteers to become part of a network of ambassadors who are committed to helping us increase our reach through fundraising and representing GT Scholars at various internal and external events, forming new relationships and expanding our network of support. This role would suit someone who is naturally enterprising and would like to help raise the profile of GT Scholars. Click here for more information and to understand more about this volunteer opportunity.

Do you have a friend who would like to volunteer with us?
We’re getting closer to the start of a new academic year! Next term, we’re hoping to work with even more young people and we can only do this with your support! Over the next few weeks, we’re hoping to recruit more volunteers – just like you! If you know of someone who will make a great volunteer tutor or mentor, please forward this email to them and ask them to fill in this short form. We’ll then get in touch with them to guide them through the application process and have them ready to volunteer when the new term starts.

Have an awesome weekend!

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. Our after-school tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programme is designed to help young people aged 11-18 achieve their academic and career aspirations. Visit our website if you’d like to know more about the GT Scholars Programme and how you can make a significant difference in young people’s lives.

 

Friends of GT Scholars – Can you connect us with your network?

Friends of GT Scholars – Can you connect us with your network?

Volunteer interviews What's new?

I hope you’ve had a great week so far and that your Friday is off to a great start! In this week’s newsletter, I’d like to tell you more about the upcoming Raising Aspirations programme and share another great volunteer spotlight interview with you.

Can you help us build a partnership with your company?
We’re looking to expand our network by forming new partnerships and finding ways to collaborate with corporates and universities who are passionate about improving social mobility for young people. If you’re part of a network or company that cares about improving the life chances of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, then please get in touch with me and we can discuss this in more detail.

All about the upcoming Raising Aspirations Programme
One of the reasons we’d like to connect with more corporates is to arrange visits and work experience for young people living in care. Over the next few months, we expect to be building more partnerships for next year’s Raising Aspirations programme which is designed to support and raise the aspirations of young people living in care. To find out more about this programme, including why it exists and how you can get involved, read this blog

An interview with one of our Volunteer tutors Arash Khosravi
As part of our volunteer spotlight series, I had the pleasure of interviewing one of our brilliant Volunteer Maths tutors, Arash. It was his first term as a volunteer tutor, tutoring Maths online, and it was really great talking to him, hearing about his experience as a tutor and the difference he was able to make through tutoring. You can follow this link to read the full interview.

Have a fantastic weekend!

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. Our after-school tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programme is designed to help young people aged 11-18 achieve their academic and career aspirations. Visit our website if you’d like to know more about the GT Scholars Programme and how you can make a significant difference in young people’s lives.

 

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An Interview with a Parent: “I find that the GT Scholars approach supports the parents and the child as well”

Our Impact Parent Spotlight What's new?

As part of the scholar spotlight series, we interviewed a parent of one of the scholars on the Bright Ambitions programme. Please listen to the audio clip above for the full interview. You can also find the transcript below. 

How did you find out about GT Scholars?
We found out about GT Scholars because we were looking for originally a tutoring programme for my daughter. We saw GT Scholars advertised, I asked around, no one had heard about it and on a day trip to Croydon, we saw some signs and some posters. It looked fabulous. I went to contact the Head of the programme, had a long discussion about it, just to discover their ethos and their mindset about tutoring and enhancing children’s capabilities, and I really liked the programme. We went for an interview, it was a nice interview and not only did they interview us, we interviewed them actually and we were quite pleased and that is how we started. And that was about 4 years ago we have come up to.

Why did you choose GT Scholars over any other programmes that you could have gone for?
I looked around quite widely and I decided to go with GT Scholars for a few main reasons.  Firstly I like the ethos. It has a holistic approach to developing a child, not just focused on the academic grades, just building confidence and resilience. And also, I was quite concerned about the mental challenges and the mental aspects of learning today. The way GT Scholars approach learning and developing is quite a nice approach and it’s an approach I really welcomed.

What difference have you seen in your daughter after she joined the programme?
The impact of the programme I’ve seen on my child is that prior to the programme, I think stress was beginning to manifest itself in just delivering grades, grades, grades, and obviously I as a parent was trying to tell my child that it’s just not about the grades even though the grades are really important, it’s about developing everything. Obviously, the children of today don’t really want to listen to just the parents only.

During the programme, basically, you just hear the same messages that each parent is trying to instil in their child coming from a variety of different voices. So you have the tutor saying the same thing, you have the mentor, you the enrichment, they say the same thing and actually slowly but surely, it started to sink in.

How it manifested itself or the impact it gave on my child was that I could see confidence building. Slowly but surely she was actually replaying the same messages that she was hearing from all of these various areas back to me. Her grades were improving, slowly but surely she was looking forward to her sessions, where I at the beginning definitely saw fear but now it was, it was sort of excitement. And she looked forward to the enrichment days because I always went with her, I hung around outside, I attended some enrichment days. And towards the end, she was hoping, actually, that I didn’t sit in with her. That was also a positive sign.

What has your experience been with the organisation as a whole?
So I feel as a parent I also get support from the GT Scholars programme. There’s the official feedback sessions you have at the end of the term, which you can, a member of the GT Scholars will phone you and have a discussion with you or you can write your feedback in. I think that’s really worthwhile and that just gives you the sort of official line to see whether your child is progressing.

In between that, you also have administrative help from the GT Scholars team, actually probably every fortnight I hear from a member of the GT Scholars team, who will ask you how the program is going, is there anything you need to do, what are you looking for, have your goals been achieved or have they been met, would you like to attend the next term, again what your goals, so I feel that it’s more of a family, again, a holistic approach to developing my child which I am really supportive of. I wouldn’t like to attend a tutoring programme where they just took my money and said right we’ve given you, we’ve taught your child academically, thank you very much, get on with it. I find that the GT Scholars approach supports the parents and the child as well.

What would you say to a parent thinking of signing up for a GT Scholars programme?
To a parent who is thinking of signing up to GT Scholars, I would say, please just do it. It’s really beneficial. The mentoring, tutoring, the support you get is second to none and you’re not going to get that anywhere else. I have researched extensively. It helps your child‘s development at any stage. Near exams, you can focus on the exams itself. Pre-exams you can just help develop your child. It’s beneficial, you have nothing to lose really by joining GT Scholars programme.

Do you have any final thoughts that you would like to include?
I’ve looked into tutoring, all of the aspects of tutoring, tutoring itself is really expensive, mentoring is expensive, enrichment days, are for me, extortionately expensive. GT Scholars is a much more cost-effective way of developing your child and that’s why I would thoroughly recommend the programme.

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.