In The Know: Live virtual events for young people

In The Know: Live virtual events for young people

In The Know Parents What's new?

With the weekend coming up, everyone is looking for something fun and interesting to do, where young people can still learn and develop new skills. This week we have lined up 3 live virtual events that young people can attend from the comfort of your own home. Read on to find out more.

Virtual Chef-led Cook-Along
Wecook chef Anthea is inviting you to join her as she’s cooking up a storm in her kitchen. Her recipes are beginner-friendly and you can easily find the ingredients from your local store. Once you have registered, the list of ingredients will be sent to you. Join her this weekend, Saturday 30 May 2020 at 2pm for a live session and learn to whip up an interesting and delicious meal. To sign up, click here

#BeActive Hour – Live Workout with Bear Grylls
This is the first of a series hosted by Ukactive, leading up to National Fitness Day on 23rd September 2020. There will be free online workouts led by sporting and fitness icons which you and your family can participate in from the comfort of your own home. The best part is that it’s free. The first BeActive hour will run every Saturday at 4pm and will be led by adventurist Bear Grylls. To register, sign up here

Virtually London: online theatre shows
Even though the theatres are closed during lockdown, there are a few ways you can still enjoy your much loved theatre shows. Virtually London hosts a variety of great shows to choose from, from Shakespeare to comedy, there’s definitely something for everyone. The virtual shows run weekly and you can choose from a great selection of free shows.  To tune in click here

In The Know – Free online workshops to support parents and young people!

In The Know – Free online workshops to support parents and young people!

In The Know Parents What's new?

How are you? I hope you’ve had a great week and that you’re enjoying the start of the bank holiday so far? During the week we searched the net for some more online workshops for parents and young people. Since online learning has now become inevitable for young people and it’s become an important factor in the education field, we’ve listed 3 amazing online opportunities for parents and young people!

Have you signed up to this free webinar for parents?
We’re inviting homeschooling expert Alberta Stevens to share with parents the best ways to design their own effective and impactful homeschooling journey.  During the webinar, you’ll learn tips and tricks on how to manage your time effectively, how to make the most of your homeschooling journey and how best to support your child. The webinar will take place onTuesday 19th May from 7pm-8pm. Thank you to everyone who already registered their interest. If you’d like to join this webinar, please let us know!

Learn maths with Blutick’s free online Maths programme!
Blutick, an AI learning platform, offers a free, innovative, curriculum based maths learning programme for young people aged 11 to 16. Students get to watch short films featuring a maths teacher explaining a topic and working examples. Students then have different problems to solve with the assistance and guidance from the tutor. Students can even change the personality of the tutor and choose the difficulty level of the questions. To find out more, please click here.

iStore meets online workshops
Apple has released its iStore Meets sessions as online workshops, which means that young people now have the opportunity to learn from the best right from their very own comfy sofa. The workshops are free and hosted by industry leaders and experts. If you’re an Apple fan, go check out the different workshops including coding and photography workshops by following 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 –  Thank you for your help this term!

Friends of GT Scholars – Thank you for your help this term!

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

Friends of GT Scholars –  Thank you for your help this term!


Ahh….. Friday you wonderful thing! Even though most of us are working from home, the weekend still has that special feeling that it brings! If you’re looking for something different to do this weekend, go check out Social Distant.Co set up by Tony, a friend of GT Scholars. They’ve got lots of fun online events that will get you moving and activities to get you meeting new people and spending more time with friends and family! But first, let me share this week’s newsletter with you.

 

Thank you for your help this term!
It’s the end of the term and we’d like to say a huge thank you to all the volunteer tutors and mentors for their help this term! Many of our volunteers this term had to juggle sudden changes in work arrangements alongside volunteering but they still showed up for the young people and the feedback has been great! I’d also like to thank everyone who’s helped in other ways like writing a guest blog, featuring in a volunteer spotlight or getting involved with crowdsourcing group projects! I feel privileged to be part of such a talented network!

Can you volunteer as an online tutor or mentor next term?
I’d like to find out if you’d be available to volunteer as an online tutor or mentor next term? I know some volunteers already confirmed their availability- thanks guys! If you’re interested in joining us next term as an online tutor, you’ll need about 1-hr a week to schedule weekly sessions with your tutee. If you’ve been thinking about becoming a volunteer mentor, you’ll need to be free for 6 hours during the 12-week term. The new term will start late April/early May so please let me know if you’d like to get involved by sending a quick email.

Could you help with creating NEW mentoring worksheets?
We have an upcoming short term volunteer opportunity that you can get involved with. We’re looking for 3-4 volunteers to help us with creating new mentoring worksheets! It’s the perfect volunteer project for you if you’ve ever coached or mentored young people before or have some ideas on how to support them with some of the challenges they face. If you have about 4-5 hours to spare and can join our crowdsourcing project meeting next week Wednesday or Thursday, please get in touch.



Have a fantastic weekend!

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 – A little gift for you! Yes, you can open it right away!

Friends of GT Scholars – A little gift for you! Yes, you can open it right away!

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

Chin up! It’s Friday! I was really looking forward to writing this week’s newsletter, just so that I can share some positive vibes with you! It’s not the greatest time for any of us right now but I am really blown away by all the good deeds people are doing. Like the guy who took his dog for a walk with his drone! You know we just have to pay it forward now! This week we’ve got a couple of favours to ask and… surprise! There’s a special bonus for you at the end!

Have you updated your LinkedIn profile yet?
Have you updated your LinkedIn profile yet since becoming a volunteer with GT scholars? If you’ve recently volunteered with us, don’t forget to add GT Scholars to your LinkedIn experience section! If you haven’t done so already – it’s really easy to do! You just need to add new experience (even if it was in the past) and when it requests for the company you worked at, type in ‘GT Scholars’ or ‘The GT Scholars Programme’. Also, feel free to connect with GT Scholar’s founder, Temi Kamson and she’ll definitely accept your request!!

Could you free up 4 hours next week for an Online Volunteering Project?
So while we’re on the topic of adding volunteering to your LinkedIn profile, why not volunteer a few hours this month or next month?! As mentioned, we’ll be needing volunteers to help us with our online courses and resources for young people. We’ve been really busy lately, with many enquiries from parents. Many have asked if we can collate learning resources that young people can use over the next few weeks. We’re looking for a few volunteers, about 2-3 people, who’d like to get involved in a short project crowdsourcing online learning resources for young people. If you have 4-8 hours to spare next week, please contact us and I’ll fill you in on the details!

Get LinkedIn to work for you!

Now that we’re all stuck at home, it makes perfect sense to boost your online presence and your personal brand. Temi’s been talking about doing this for years – so right now she has no excuse! So to give you some background, Richard is a really good friend of GT Scholars. Temi did a talk in 2018 at one of his London Events – Entrepreneur Business Live (Remember when we used to leave our homes and meet up without a care in the world?) Anyway, Richard also happens to be an authority on LinkedIn with over 20,000 followers! He runs business events in London and Miami and he’s currently offering his Basics of LinkedIn course for free if you register before the end of the week – register now if you can and also send him a thank you from us!

Have a great weekend!

In The Know – Creating creative minds!

In The Know – Creating creative minds!

In The Know Parents What's new?

Creativity can be an idea, an artwork, an invention, or an assignment in your classroom. In this week’s newsletter, we are inspiring students to become curious, engaged, and interested in the world around them and within them. We have picked out some interesting events that can develop and nurture your creative side. Scroll down and see what we have in store!

Space Discovery Day
The Imperial white community is inviting young people between the ages of 12 -16, on Saturday 28th March 2020 for a Space Discovery Day to learn all about Imperial’s Space research. At this free event, you’ll discover how Imperial researchers are using new technology to learn more about space and explore whole new parts of our solar system and beyond. You will also get the chance to code your own rovers, become an astrobiologist, see a comet being made and create massive solar artwork in this free mini-festival. Sessions will start at 11am and 2.30 pm at the Invention Rooms Cafe, Kensington London. You can find out more here.

Coding & Robotics STEM education workshop
As a special Easter holiday gift, from the 17th April 2020 to 30th April,  Fire Tech is running free workshop courses for 9-12-year-olds. In this two hour workshop, children will get to understand basic robotics concepts. They’ll also learn how to accomplish a set of different challenges like making sounds, creating mazes or anything else they can think of! This free workshop is for students only and will be run at the City of London School For Boys, Queenhithe London. You can find out more here.

Creative workshop
Graeae Theatre is hosting a creative workshop on Tuesday 24th March from 2pm to 3pm at their theatre in Bankside, London. This free one hour workshop is a part of the ‘ I Am At Tate Exchange Festival’  which is a unique festival celebrating the creativity of D/deaf, disabled and neurodiverse children and young people, taking place at Tate Modern from 24-28 March 2020. At this workshop you will help create a mini-manifesto for the future, and explore this year’s festival theme – ‘Power’ – through games and drama. The event is free to attend for young people aged 7 -15 years, and the space is fully accessible. You can find out more here.

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 – 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 support young people in tech?

Friends of GT Scholars – Would you like to support young people in tech?

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

Happy Valentines Day! It’s the day of love and it seems that it’s also the day for pets!! Did you know that more than 9 million people are expected to buy gifts for their pets this Valentine’s Day? I’d be curious to know what gifts people go out and buy? What would you look for? Would you wrap it up? Do you include a card? What’s the etiquette here? Oh well – the weekend is finally here and I’ve got a few things to share with you…


For the love of tech!
We’re planning to run a 6-month GirlMeetsCode programme for girls to help develop their coding skills and learn more about the opportunities available in this field. We’re looking for corporates who are interested in supporting programmes in tech. If you can help by introducing us to a contact in your network who might be interested in supporting the girls on this programme and partnering with us, feel free to send me a quick email!

More volunteer opportunities you’ll love!
Time is one of the biggest deciding factors when it comes to volunteering. Our schedules are full and we can quickly become swept away by the everyday hustle. Luckily, we have a few volunteer opportunities that don’t require a fixed-term commitment like with our volunteer tutor and mentor roles. There are still ways you can help this term and make a significant impact. To find out more about some of our quick and easy volunteer opportunities click here

Communication tips for volunteers!
To build a successful relationship with your tutee and mentee you’ll need great communication skills! Young people like to be heard and having a good line of communication between you and your scholar is invaluable. As a volunteer working with young people you really want to make the best of your sessions and make sure that they take in the knowledge and advice, you share with them. This blog on communication is really insightful and you can read the full post here.

Have a lovely weekend!

Friends of GT Scholars – Are you available to help out at one of our events?

Friends of GT Scholars – Are you available to help out at one of our events?

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

I hope you’ve had a great week so far and you’re looking forward to the weekend? Did you know that this evening will be the rise of the first super moon of the year? It’s when the moon is at the closest point to earth in its orbit. For science enthusiasts, this is great news… for everyone else, they’re probably wondering why on earth this matters! Either way, the super moon is said to be a beautiful sight!

 

Could you volunteer at one of our upcoming events?
The first couple of workshops for the Inspiring Future Leaders programme will take place on Thursday the 20th and Friday the 21st of February at Google Academy from 10:30am to 4:00pm. We’re looking for event volunteers to help on any of these days. As an event volunteer, you’ll get to meet and interact with the young people and also work closely with the workshop facilitators.  Please let me know if you’re able to help and I’ll fill you in on some more details about these workshops.

Would you like to help us reach more volunteers?
In today’s technology-driven world, you can instantly connect with colleagues, friends and family. This makes reaching out to volunteers and young people easy, connecting people who can help with young people who need help! It would be great if you could help us reach more volunteers by telling a friend or colleague about us. You can refer them to our contact page, or you can get in touch with us and we’ll send you some material that you can forward to them.

Equality in education is still worth fighting for!
Recent figures from the Department of Education showed that pupils from a low-income background are falling further behind their wealthier peers in GCSE Achievement. A recent news article by MSN News UK reported that the gap between disadvantaged and advantaged students has widened, with 27.5% of disadvantaged pupils that were entered for all of the EBacc last year, compared with 44.5% of all other students. In 2018 the gap was 26.4% versus 42.8%. Follow this link to our blog to find out why we still believe that equality in education and private tutoring is still a realistic and worthwhile pursuit. 

 

Have a great weekend!