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!

Friends of GT Scholars – Thank you for coming to the End of Year Celebration!!

Friends of GT Scholars – Thank you for coming to the End of Year Celebration!!

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

We’re nearly at the end of 2019!! It’s been a great year for GT Scholars and it’s been brilliant working with all of our amazing volunteers, workshop facilitators and friends! We had our end of year celebration on Wednesday night and as of today, it’s officially only 12 days til Christmas! Read on to find out how more about the evening and a few important dates.

Thank you for coming to the End of Year Celebration!
It was awesome to spend the evening with our volunteers, workshop facilitators and other friends of GT Scholars!! I was told that the young people did a brilliant job hosting the activities and there were some really competitive teams on the day! Once again thank you to everyone that was able to come along – It was great to have you there! We’re planning on having more meetups next year and as usual, I’ll keep you updated via the newsletter.

Is volunteering on the cards for you in 2020?
Can you believe 2020 is less than 3 weeks away?! We’ll be welcoming our new scholars in January 2020 and 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. If you’ve not confirmed your availability yet, please drop me a quick email. You can volunteer as a tutor for 1 hour a week or mentor for 6hrs during the term. I’m looking forward to hearing from you and finding you a match!

We’re closing for the festive season!
Everyone at GT Scholars will be taking a little break over the festive season! Please note that we’ll be closed from next week Friday 20th December, but we’ll be back, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready for the new year on Monday 6th of January. Please feel free to email or call us if you need to speak to us before we close for the holidays.

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 – 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.

Friends of GT Scholars – Could you share your volunteer experience with parents?

Friends of GT Scholars – Could you share your volunteer experience with parents?

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

Wow, it feels like this week just flew by! I hope your week has been great so far? First things first, we’d like to thank everyone who volunteered their time to sit on our judging panel at the Dragon’s Den Challenge last week, and very special thank you to Moe Hashimi and 42 Acres for their support! You guys rock! Before the weekend starts, I’d like to remind you of a few upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.

Could you be a speaker at our parent information session?
Another great way to volunteer is to be a speaker at one of our information sessions. As a speaker you’ll be sharing your volunteer experience with parents who are interested in enrolling their child in the Bright Ambitions Programme There will be two sessions on Saturday 14th December – the first one will be from 3:00pm – 4:30pm and the second one will be from 5:00pm. If you’ve volunteered as a tutor or mentor in the past year and would like to join our panel, please let me know and I’ll get in touch with more details.

Will we see you at the next Volunteer Meetup?
Our next Volunteer Meetup is less than two weeks away and the RSVP’s are coming in!  All Friends of GT Scholars are welcome! This includes current volunteers, volunteer applicants and anyone that is interested in volunteering with young people, so please feel free to invite your friends and colleagues. If you’d like to join us on Wednesday 11th December from 6:30pm to 9pm at Airspace, London W1D 2DR, click here to register your attendance. We look forward to seeing you there!

Do you want to know more about the Future Leaders Programme?
The Future Leaders programme is a new programme sponsored by the Mayor of London and will start in January and run until July 2020. This programme will focus on 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’re interested in becoming a mentor.

Friends of GT Scholars – Can you volunteer as a mentor with the NEW Future Leaders Programme?

Friends of GT Scholars – Can you volunteer as a mentor with the NEW Future Leaders Programme?

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

Happy Friday! I hope your week has been great so far? I guess this weekend might be quite an exciting one for you if you’ve been following the Rugby World Cup! I’m not a huge sports fan but seeing that it’s England vs South Africa in the final tomorrow, I might tune into my patriotic side, load up on snacks and be part of the action this time around! But before we get ready for this weekend I’d like to share this week’s newsletter with you.

 

Could you help a young person at risk of exclusion?
The Future Leaders programme is our new programme sponsored by the Mayor of London and will start in January and run until July 2020. This programme will focus on 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.

Develop your skills through volunteer mentoring!
Volunteer mentoring can be mutually beneficial for both the mentor and mentee on a personal and a professional level. One of our recent blogs lists some of the many useful skills you can develop and apply to your career or personal life by volunteering as a mentor with one of our programmes, whilst making a tangible and effective difference in the lives of young people. You can follow this link to the blog.

Volunteer Skills Survey
We’d like to offer you volunteer opportunities that are more aligned with your skills and interests and give you the opportunity to develop and build on these skills. Our Skills-based volunteering opportunity can empower you to become a change-maker, build on your resume and also give you the opportunity to expand your network. If you’d like to become a skills-based volunteer please complete this volunteer skills survey to tell us more about what you’d like to do or drop me an email and we can set up a call to discuss the possibilities. 

Have a good one!

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 – More volunteer opportunities you can get involved with!

Friends of GT Scholars – More volunteer opportunities you can get involved with!

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

Wow! What a week! I hope you also had a great week and that you’re looking forward to the weekend? It’s been a really busy one here at GT Scholars with three back to back coding events we hosted at Google Academy. I’d like to give a huge thank you to everyone who helped to bring these coding workshops to life! But before the weekend officially starts, I’d like to share this week’s newsletter with you.

A #GirlMeetsCode Programme!
Yes, that’s right! The feedback from this year’s and last year’s #GirlMeetsCode workshop was really positive and we’re planning to run a 9 month GirlMeetsCode programme for next year! This programme will allow more girls to develop their coding skills and learn more about the opportunities available to them in this exciting field. If you would like to get involved as a volunteer and support with this programme or you would like to introduce us to a contact in your network, that could support us, then please get in touch! Feel free to send me a quick email if you can help!

Volunteers needed for our annual Dragon’s Den Challenge!
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! We’re looking for volunteers that can help by sitting on the Dragon’s Den judging panel. The event will take place on Saturday 23rd November at Goldsmiths University in New Cross from 10am – 4pm. Please let me know if you’d like to join the panel for this year’s challenge! 

A series of webinars to support our volunteers!
I’m really excited to tell you more about a series of webinars we’ll be running, to support all volunteers. The first one will be in November, aimed at volunteer English tutors and will focus on the English curriculum and teaching techniques. The webinar will take place online and is open to registered English tutors and any new volunteers interested in becoming an English tutor. Please keep an eye on our weekly newsletter for more updates. If you’re interested in attending this workshop or you have a specific idea on a workshop that you’d like us to run, please let me know

Have a terrific 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 – Thanks for your help!!!

Friends of GT Scholars – Thanks for your help!!!

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

TGIF! Can you believe it’s October already – Which really just means it’s nearly Christmas!!! It’s definitely going to be a busy month for us, with our next intake of scholars being matched, followed by our two upcoming skill-building events later this month. This week’s newsletter is all about sharing some good news and thanking everyone for their support over the last few weeks. The first shout out goes to all the tutors and mentors who helped us at the Parent Information Session last week Saturday! Your help is much appreciated!

A huge thank you to our volunteers!
Thank you to the volunteers who signed up to become ambassadors. I’m really excited about the role the ambassador network will play! Would you like to join our network of ambassadors? As an ambassador you’ll be helping us plan our volunteer socials and fundraising events, expand our network and represent GT Scholars at internal and external events. Volunteer ambassadors meet online 4-6 times a year. You can click here for more information about this volunteer role and reply to this mail if you’re interested in becoming an ambassador.

Are you available for volunteer mentoring or tutoring this term?
Thanks to everyone that confirmed their availability to volunteer as a tutor or mentor this term! We’ll be confirming matches in the next couple of days, so please keep an eye on your inbox. The official start date for our last intake of scholars is 14th October and there’s still a bit of time left to confirm your availability. If you’re still thinking of tutoring or mentoring, we have OVER 30 young people that we would love to match so please let me know if you’re available. 

Volunteer mentors needed for the *NEW Future Leaders Programme!*
The Future Leaders programme is a new programme we’ll be running next year for ambitious young boys in London between the ages of 12-15. This programme is an invitation only programme for young boys that have been identified as having high aspirations but also struggling with some challenging issues in their personal lives. The programme will start in January 2020 and run until July 2020. I’ll be sharing more information about the programme and how you can get involved over the next few weeks, but please feel free to contact me in the meantime if you’d like to find out more about how you can get involved in mentoring and supporting this group.

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.

 

Friends of GT Scholars – Can you be a speaker at our information session?

Friends of GT Scholars – Can you be a speaker at our information session?

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had an awesome start to the day so far? Over here we’ve been really excited about the large number of parents who’ve been registering their interest to join the programme this term and I’m looking forward to matching everyone with their tutor or mentor and get things rolling. But for now, I’d like to remind you of some volunteer opportunities and share our really cool Thank You Wall with you!

Would you like to share your experience as a tutor or mentor?
We’ll be hosting two parent information sessions on Saturday 28th September. The first session will take place at Kensington Library, W8 7RXR from 10:30am – 12:30pm and the second session will be at Canada Water Theatre, SE16 7AR from 2:30pm – 4:30pm. We still need a few volunteers to join our panel and speak about their volunteer experience. Please let me know if you’d like to join the panel.

We’re looking for volunteers to join our network of ambassadors!
As an ambassador, you’ll help us with planning our volunteer socials and fundraising events. You’ll also be helping us to expand our network and represent GT Scholars at internal and external events. Volunteer ambassadors meet online 4-6 times a year. You can click here for more information about this exciting volunteer opportunity and reply to this mail if you’re interested in becoming an ambassador.

Have you seen our Thank You Wall?
Knowing that the work you’ve done has really made a positive impact in some way is probably one of the best feelings one can have! Our volunteers are amazing and the time and dedication they put in whether it is for tutoring, mentoring or at our enrichment events really has a great impact on the young people they work with. We were so impressed with all the great feedback we’ve received that we just had to find a way to share it with you. We thought that a Thank You Wall would be a great way to do that!

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.

 

An interview with one of our fantastic volunteer mentors – Nileema Patel

An interview with one of our fantastic volunteer mentors – Nileema Patel

Volunteer spotlight Volunteers What's new?

Please tell us a bit about yourself
Many years ago, I used to teach primary school students as a volunteer and that was a very rewarding experience. Unfortunately, due to increasing time commitments elsewhere I couldn’t continue along with that. Recently, when things had settled back down, I realised I wanted to do something to help young people again and came across GT Scholars not long after I started looking for opportunities to do so. It’s been really nice to help out through mentoring, which has been completely different, yet just as rewarding, experience when compared to teaching. Outside of volunteering, I work in healthcare and enjoy baking and reading in my spare time.

How did you first hear about GT Scholars?
I came across GT Scholars through an online search engine. I was looking for an opportunity that would allow me to give more to my community, particularly in a way that would help young people. I went on your website and got a good feeling about the mission, which very much aligns with my values. Reading about Temi and her background was really inspiring and it gave me confidence in GT Scholars as a committed and genuine social enterprise. I got in touch through the online application form and it all went from there really.

What goals have you helped your scholar to achieve?
So this term we focused on public speaking a lot; how to feel more confident and assured. We worked on different techniques to apply before a speaking assignment to see what helped and felt most natural. You know, just simple things like practising a lot, practising with different people, trying out tips from the famous Ted Talk on confidence by Amy Cuddy.

A recurring theme during our sessions has also been about career choices, university choices and progressing to sixth-form. These are longer-term goals that are useful to start thinking about early on and I look forward to helping Erica achieve them as we move into the next term.

What qualities does Erica have that makes her a good mentee?
Erica is a wonderful mentee. She’s punctual, listens well and is forthcoming about topics of interest or any issues that she’s worried about. She’s organised as well and very good at managing her time and extracurricular activities. I think all of those skills really make her a good mentee as well as a good student, and I think this will translate very well professionally, too, in whatever area she decides to go into eventually.

Why do you think mentoring is valuable to young people?
I think the most valuable aspect of mentoring is the confidence that a young person might gain from it. Being a young person, particularly in a big city like London, it can be difficult to have self-confidence. You don’t have a lot of experience and everything seems new and sometimes unapproachable, particularly in areas such as applying to university. So I think the support that comes from mentoring can be extremely valuable in terms of validating a young person’s ideas and goals. Practically, mentoring is a great way to highlight opportunities to get involved in.

What challenges did you face while mentoring your scholar?
For me, the first session was probably the most challenging because I did not have a lot of mentoring experience. However, I found that GT Scholars had sheets to prepare mentors which I read beforehand and which were very helpful in giving me an idea of how to build rapport and understand what the priorities of mentoring are.

I also tried to think back to times I have been mentored in the past, informally and formally. I thought about what made my mentors so good and then tried to embody that in my role as a mentor.

What did you enjoy most about volunteering and mentoring?
I really enjoyed getting to know the mentee, as well as her mother. You know Erica, she’s already a very bright, ambitious person, on the lookout for opportunities to support her goals and a little bit of guidance. I enjoy being a sounding board for her, hearing about her goals and being able to guide her as she achieves them. I particularly like that, over the sessions, I am able to see her progress, and get to hear feedback from her and her mother about how our sessions are impacting her social and academic development.

What have you gained from being a volunteer mentor with GT Scholars?
It’s been really nice to be able to pass along some of the things I have learnt along the way to an enthusiastic young person who might be able to benefit from that advice. Building relationships with the team at GT Scholars, my mentee and her mother, has been personally very rewarding and the whole process has a been wonderful way to give back.

 

How The Combination Of Private Tutoring and Mentoring Can Help Your Child

How The Combination Of Private Tutoring and Mentoring Can Help Your Child

What's new?

Young people can have a lot on their plate when it comes to setting up their future. They need to ensure that they meet their academic goals while also preparing for their future and career path.

That’s why both private tutoring and mentoring is important for your child. This combination of private tutoring and mentoring is a multi-strategy approach that can help them to be successful in their present and in their future. Private tutoring can help them with reaching their academic goals and improving their attainment, while mentoring can help them with their personal development and reaching their career aspirations.

Let’s go into more detail about the specific benefits of each activity and then the holistic benefit of the combined approach.

Private tutoring
Private tutoring refers to one-to-one tutoring with a tutor who is an expert in a specific subject field. These tutors are usually undergraduates or graduates in their field of expertise and they can help your child to understand difficult topics in the subject field. They can also offer valuable advice when it comes to tackling school work, assignments, tests and exams in the specific subject and in other subjects. This can help your child to improve their grades and overall attainment.

Private tutoring sessions are set up in a more regulated format to ensure that all the necessary topics are sufficiently covered and that your child is confident with each new topic they learn at school. Each session is planned in advance by the tutor in collaboration with the student and the parent, with specific goals set in place for each session and for the tutoring relationship overall.

At the end of each session and at the end of the tutoring relationship, the tutor should assess the student to ensure that they understand each topic that was covered and to monitor the student’s progress.

Together with being an expert in their subject field, the private tutor needs to have the necessary skills to be a good tutor. These skills include interpersonal skills such as being a good listener so that they can determine what topics the student struggles. Another important skill is being able to teach – the tutor needs to effectively communicate their subject knowledge to their student so that they can understand it well and they need to make sure that they monitor the student’s progress so that they know that the student is comfortable with one topic before moving onto the next. 

A good tutor should also be creative and flexible in their teaching methods. Private tutoring needs to go beyond the usual lessons received at school by tailoring the sessions for the individual student. Each student learns differently, so it is important that the tutor takes this into account. Creativity also allows the tutor to offer creative solutions to the student so that the can understand how to solve complex problems and also tackle their test and exam questions independently.

Mentoring
Mentoring refers to one-to-one discussion with a mentor who is usually a professional or expert in their career field. The mentoring sessions aim to guide your child with a variety of issues. This can be issues they face at school, at home or beyond and the mentor will offer them advice and solutions to tackle these issues.

The advice will also help them to develop personal development skills such as interpersonal and time management skills and to develop solid strategies to reach their career goals. This can include advice on finding the best career path, colleges, universities, and alternative options.

In contrast to tutoring sessions, mentoring sessions are not as structured. Most mentoring sessions are open discussions facilitated by the mentor where the student is made to feel comfortable to voice their concerns and issues. There is still a sense of structure to ensure that the mentoring relationship has a goal to progress towards, but the most valuable part of mentoring is that the student feels heard and attended to. 

Progress is less tangible compared to tutoring as there are no grades and scores that can be improved. However, the mentor can still assess the student’s progress to ensure that they remember the strategies and tools that were covered during the sessions.

A good mentor needs to have valuable experience and knowledge that they can use to provide trustworthy and reliable advice. This can be experience related to their career but it can also extend to life experience and any challenges that the mentor was able to overcome to reach their own goals. They need to be open to share their skills, knowledge and even past mistakes if need be to show their student how they can approach their problems.

A good mentor also needs to be emotionally intelligent so that they can set up a mentoring relationship that suits the personality and needs of their student. They need to be good listeners so that they are able to determine what the student needs. Sometimes this will mean waiting and just listening to the student, instead of trying to offer advice.

They also need to have a positive attitude and have a positive outlook on life. They need to be encouraging and ensure that the student feels emboldened and motivated to reach their personal development and career goals. The mentor will usually be a sort of role model to the student, so it’s also important that they understand and be responsible with the influence they have on their student and that they lead by example.

Benefits of the combined approach
The specific benefits of private tutoring and mentoring listed above can interact with one another to create even more benefits when they are done during the same time period. The benefits and skills of each are not limited to one or the other, but they actually can go hand in hand.

For example, personal development skills such as time management and leadership that is covered during mentoring can be used to help your child reach their academic goals at school. Similarly, the structure of tutoring can teach your child valuable personal development skills such as independent learning and coming up with creative solutions to a range of different problems. 

GT Scholars offers various programmes that combine the private tutoring and one-on-one mentoring to help your child reach their academic and career aspirations. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses for young people aged 11-18.