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.

Friends of GT Scholars – Volunteer opportunities you can look forward to!

Friends of GT Scholars – Volunteer opportunities you can look forward to!

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

We’re almost 3 weeks into the new year and I must say I’ve got a good feeling about his one! There is so much we can look forward to in 2020 like the Summer Olympics 2020, the opening of the 2006 Yahoo! virtual time capsule, a new mission to Mars! And did I mention some awesome volunteer opportunities coming up? Allow me to remind you of a few!

I hope you’ve had a great week so far? We’re almost 3 weeks into the new year and I must say I’ve got a good feeling about his one! There is so much we can look forward to in 2020 like the Glastonbury’s 50th anniversary, the new skyscraper at 22 Bishopsgate, which will also be home to a new foodie hub called The Market ( yum!), and off course the Brexit deal finally being closed (hopefully, Mr. Johnson did promise), and did I mention some awesome volunteer opportunities coming up? Allow me to remind you of a few…

Volunteer as a mentor with the Inspiring Future Leaders Programme!
This programme is all about helping young boys at risk of exclusion and is a fully-funded programme sponsored by the Mayor of London and the National Lottery Fund. We’re looking for volunteer mentors who’d be available to deliver 6 monthly face-to-face mentoring sessions and who’d be able to help out at some of the workshops that will run throughout February to July. The first workshop will be on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd of February at Google. Please feel free to contact me if you’d like to get involved with supporting this group. I’d love to hear from you!

New ways to support our volunteers
Thank you to all our volunteers who’ve confirmed their availability for this term. We’ve completed our pre-matches and will be in touch with you soon if we’ve not been already. We thought an online support group or webinar would be a great way to support volunteers who would like some tips and tricks on tutoring or mentoring or just some additional guidance before your first session. If you’re an experienced tutor or mentor who’d like to run a webinar on communication skills, teaching techniques or just a quick how-to session, please get in touch so we can discuss a collaboration.

Would you like to feature in our next Volunteer Spotlight?
Yes, it’s that time again! We’re working on the next season of our Volunteer Spotlight interview series. This interview series is a great way for us to celebrate our awesome volunteers and the amazing work they’re doing and share more about their talent, dedication and reason behind volunteering. If you’ve volunteered as a tutor, mentor or helped out at one or more of our events in the past year, we’d love to set up an interview with you. Just let us know what date and time in January or February will suit you best and we’ll get in touch with more details.

Have a fantastic 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.

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.

Friends of GT Scholars – Thank you! It’s been great!

Friends of GT Scholars – Thank you! It’s been great!

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

How are you? I hope well and that you’re ready for the last mad rush before Christmas? I still need to get some last-minute Christmas shopping done and I’m just bracing myself for the crowds and the insane queues – I really can’t believe there are only 11 days left of 2019! But before the year draws to a close, I’d like to share a few last things with you!

Thank you for your help this term!
On behalf of the whole team at GT Scholars, I’d like to say a huge thank you for all your help and support this term and throughout 2019 – It’s been great working with so many talented volunteers and having your support! Thank you to each and every one of you – to all our tutors, mentors, event volunteers, guest bloggers, guest speakers, workshop facilitators, supporters and to the advisory board!!  We’re really looking forward to working with you again soon and to welcome new volunteers on board! 


We’re closed for the holidays!
I just wanted to remind you that our office will be closed over the festive season! It’s a season to be jolly and we intend to have some fun! Please note that our last day at the office will be today Friday 20th December and we’ll be back for the new year and a new term on Monday the 6th of January. Please feel free to contact us if there’s anything on your mind – but note we’ll only be able to get back to you once we’ve opened again in the new year. 

Can you tutor English?
We’ve received quite a few applications for English tuition for next term, which is really great! But, we’re in a bit of a predicament as we’ve only a couple of English tutors confirmed for next term and we have over 10 scholars specifically needing English tuition! 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!


That’s all for now folks! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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.

 

Friends of GT Scholars – Will you be coming to the End of Year Celebration?

Friends of GT Scholars – Will you be coming to the End of Year Celebration?

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

Happy Friday! Isn’t it just a great time of the year? The festive season is finally here now that Michael Bublé has emerged from his cave to signify the start of Christmas!!! As we get closer to the end of 2019, I’d like to tell you more about the End of Year Celebration with GT Scholars and upcoming volunteer opportunities!

Celebrate the end of the year with us & meet some of our scholars!
We’re having our end of year celebration at GT Scholars next Wednesday 11th December and we’d love to have you there! Some of the scholars will also be joining us for the evening and leading some fun games and activities!! We really hope you can come along and show them your support!!! It’s a great chance to mingle and meet our volunteers, trustees, workshop facilitators, supporters, funders and other friends of GT Scholars! We’ll also share the impact we’ve made and our plans for next year! Please register your attendance for an evening of good food and good company! The event will be at Airspace which is a 1 min walk from Tottenham Court Road station. 


Could you volunteer as a tutor or mentor next term?
Applications for the new term has opened and as more applications from ambitious young people are rolling in, we want to make sure that we can match as many scholars as we can with a mentor and an English or Maths tutor. The new term will run from early January until mid April 2020. Please let me know if you’d be available to tutor for 1 hour a week or mentor for 6hrs during the term period. I’m looking forward to finding you a match!

Can you share your volunteer experience with parents?
We still need a couple of volunteers to sit on our panel at our information sessions for parents who are interested in enrolling their child in our Bright Ambitions programme. The Parent and Pupil Information Session will be on Saturday the 14th December from 2:30pm-4:30pm & 5:00pm-6:30pm and will take place at Canada Water Library (1 min walk from Canada Water Station). If you’ve volunteered as a tutor or mentor in the past few months and would like to join our panel, please let me know and I’ll get in touch with more details.

In the know – Curiosity Creates Keen Minds!

In the know – Curiosity Creates Keen Minds!

In The Know Parents What's new?

We have found some great interactive opportunities to excite and educate those curious young minds. Read on to find out more information about the Annual Dragons Den Challenge and informative sessions on gaming and the laws of physics in cartoons.

Annual Dragon’s Den Challenge 2019
Young people aged between 11 – 16 who are eager to build and improve their entrepreneurial skills will definitely enjoy the Annual Dragon’s Den Challenge taking place at Goldsmiths University tomorrow, 23rd November from 10am and 4pm.  This workshop is based on the popular TV show and young people will get the chance to develop and pitch their unique business ideas to a panel of judges. If tickets have been released to you via the waiting list then please book by 2pm today. Please follow this link for more information.

Free Kids Game Design Taster sessions
Join this fun, educational and interactive course for 9-17 year olds, who enjoy the gaming world. These young people will have the opportunity to find out what goes into the making of an exhilarating game and each student will be awarded an accredited certificate of completion which is endorsed by NCFE. The event takes place on 30th November at the Software Academy on Cricklewood Broadway in London. The first session starts at 2:30pm and the second session at 4pm. Visit the Eventbrite page for more information on these sessions.

Cartoon Science
Explore the laws of physics in the real world versus the laws of physics cartoons during this exciting one-hour demonstration for the whole family. The free event is co-hosted by the Institute of Physics and Science Made Simple on the 30th November at the Institute of Physics on Caledonian Road London. The first of three sessions starts at 11:00am. Spaces are limited so register for this event at Eventbrite

In The Know – Events for Global Entrepreneur Week!

In The Know – Events for Global Entrepreneur Week!

In The Know Parents What's new?

In recognition of Global Entrepreneurship Week coming up on the 18th and the 24th of November, we have found a few great opportunities to develop your entrepreneurial skills, presentation and team working skills that will prepare young people for the future.

Annual Dragon’s Den Challenge 2019
This exhilarating workshop gives young people aged 11-16 a taste of what it takes to be an entrepreneur. The workshop is based on the world-famous TV Show and will involve them coming up with a business idea and pitching it to a judging panel. Young people joining in on the fun will gain hands-on experience in entrepreneurship and will develop their team working, presentation and time management skills. This year’s event will take place on Saturday 23rd November at Goldsmiths University in New Cross from 10am – 4pm. Tickets for this event are released in phases via the waiting list so be on the lookout for our next release of tickets. Please follow this link for more information.

Engineer Your Future
If you have an interest or the ability to be a big-thinker, a problem solver and someone who has a passion to change the world with innovative ideas, then the Science Museum on Exhibition Road is a great place to visit this coming week. Entrance is free and is suitable for young people aged 11 to 15 years. There are many exciting activities to keep you entertained and learn all about Engineering, from designing your own space rover to playing various games to enhance those scientific skills. The Science Museum is open daily from 10am. For more information click here.

The 2019 Language Show
Europe’s largest annual language show has returned to Olympia for its 31st year with a variety of free talks, taster classes in many different languages and exhibitors who will share tools on the best way to learn new languages. This workshop will help young people interested in language develop the skills to help find the best career path for them. This event is free for all young people under the age of 17 and registration is only required for those above this age. The event starts at 10am every day and runs from today 15th November to Sunday 17th November at Olympia London on Hammersmith Road, London. To find out more about this yearly event click here.

In The Know – Dragon’s Den 2019 + Art Events for the Whole Family!

In The Know – Dragon’s Den 2019 + Art Events for the Whole Family!

In The Know Parents What's new?

This week we have some wonderful opportunities for the whole family to enjoy including the Southwark showcases and an exclusive art fairs. We’ve also got our annual Dragon’s den workshop coming up to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week 2019! Scroll down for more information!

Dragon’s Den Challenge 2019!
Global Entrepreneurship Week is coming up and that means it’s time for our Annual Dragon’s Den Challenge! This event is definitely one of our most popular workshops, building presentation skills, entrepreneurial skills, team working skills and communication skills for the young people that join us! The event will take place on Saturday 23rd November at Goldsmiths University in New Cross from 10am – 4pm. Please follow this link for more information. Please note that tickets are released in phases via the waiting list.

Southwark Showcase
Join the Southwark Community for a day of interactive fun for the whole family where you can enjoy performances in theatre, film and dance. Enjoy the sounds of the live DJ while engaging in the interactive stations by learning more about drawing, zine making and a variety of arts and crafts. This event is free and takes place on Saturday 9 November at The  Tate Modern and runs from 12pm to 6pm. For more information click here.

Wimbledon Art Fair
This annual 4-day fair invites the whole family to be captivated by the world of creative art. Meet the great minds behind the wonderful pieces of art and find out what goes into creating a masterpiece. This special event allows you the opportunity to explore the artist’s private studios to view their different works from ceramic art to painting. You can even discover the world of fashion and photography at this great event. The Art Fair takes place at Wimbledon Art Studios and runs from 14 to 17 November. For opening times and to book your free ticket to this exclusive event visit Eventbrite.