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!

Friends of GT Scholars – Exciting event volunteer opportunities you can look forward to!

Friends of GT Scholars – Exciting event volunteer opportunities you can look forward to!

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

Happy Friday! It’s raining again today and we’ve already really had our fair share of storms this year! Over the past few weeks we’ve had Storm Brendan, Ciara, Dennis and now on its way this weekend it’s Storm Jorge! Thankfully the day after tomorrow is officially the start of Spring and we’ve got a few exciting events lined up for you to get involved with!

Would you like to help out with our study skills workshop?
We’re looking for volunteers to help out at our ‘Annual Ready, Set, Go!’ workshop, which is a study skills workshop to help young people ace their exams. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet our scholars and interact with young people from a range of backgrounds, helping them with some skill-building activities. The workshop will take place on Saturday 14th March at Goldsmiths University and will run from 10am – 4pm. If you’re interested in getting involved please get in touch!

Upcoming Inspiring Future Leaders workshops
By now you might already be familiar with our new leadership programme, Inspiring Future Leaders. The programme focuses on helping young boys, between the ages of 12-14 overcome challenges, develop leadership skills and reach their aspirations. The programme includes 10 skill-building and enrichment sessions that take place during its 6-month run. If you’d like to help out at any of these workshops, please get in touch. For a full schedule on workshop and dates please click here.

Would you like to be a speaker at Careers Day 2020?
Would you like to be part of the panel of speakers at this year’s Careers Day? I’m busy planning the panel of speakers for the day and I’m looking for a few more volunteers from different backgrounds ie the financial sector, technology sector, legal sector and the medical sector. As a speaker, you’ll need to prepare a 2-3min talk sharing your career success story and informing young people and their parents about opportunities available to young people, you’ll also need to be available to be on the panel and answer questions from the young people. Thanks to everyone who’s already responded to state their interest! Please let me know if you’d like to get involved!

Have a fantastic weekend!

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 – 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!

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.

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!

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 –  Do you know any young people interested in coding?

Friends of GT Scholars – Do you know any young people interested in coding?

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

The weekend is almost here! I hope you’re having a great Friday so far and that the day will turn out to be a perfect start to your weekend. Today’s newsletter is really special to me because it marks the 100th newsletter to be published! Thanks for your continued support and for staying tuned! It’s been great getting the Friends of GT Scholars to your inbox every week!

Do you know any young people interested in coding?
For the first time ever, we’ve been able to offer more places on our skill building days by running the workshops on multiple days! We’ve got Google Academy London to thank for that!  We’ll be running a series of workshops next week during October half-term. These workshops will give young people the chance to learn new coding skills or build on their existing coding skills.  There are a few more spaces left for #GirlMeetsCode. If you know of a young girl between 11-16 who’d like to join us on Tuesday, 22nd October please get in touch with me, we have a special Friends of GT discount code she can use!

Event volunteers needed!
We’re looking for a few more event volunteers to help us at next week’s coding workshops at Google Academy. As an event volunteer, you’ll be helping by welcoming attendees, handing out workshop materials and helping with lunch arrangements. The first workshop, on Tuesday 22nd October, is a girls only event, followed by two more workshops on Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th which are open to all young people. Workshops will run from 10am to 4pm and you can support for a full day or half day, depending on your availability. Please let me know if you can help on any of these days!

Kick off your first tutoring session with a bang!
This week marked the start of our second intake of scholars on the mentoring and tutoring programmes for this term. Out of over 250 applications that we received, we’ve been able to give 22 places to young people to some extremely talented and ambitious young people. If you’ve confirmed your availability you’ll soon hear from us with more information on scholar matches this term. If you’re already thinking of ideas to make your tutoring sessions fun, then this blog will definitely have a few ideas you can use and add to your tutoring sessions. 

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.