Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Are you InQUIZitive!?

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Are you InQUIZitive!?

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

The weekend is finally here and we hope you had a fantastic week! We know #VolunteersWeek is over, but we couldn’t let it go by without giving all our awesome volunteers a fun activity to get involved in! Read on to find out more and see which other exciting things you can be a part of this month!

What’s your Volunteer Persona?

In our last newsletter we mentioned we had something in store for all our volunteers and it’s finally here! We’ve come up with a fun, quick and easy quiz to help you find out more about your Volunteer Persona! (Yes – that’s a thing!) We’d love to know your thoughts on it – you can find the quiz here!

Could you volunteer at next week’s workshop?

Our next workshop, SpeakUp: Find Your Voice, Change The World, will be taking place on Saturday 22nd June 2019 from 10am-4pm at Goldsmiths University. This workshop will be all about public speaking and presentation skills and engaging young people in activism and making a difference in London. If you’d like to lend a helping hand as an event volunteer, please get in touch with me and I will contact you with further details.

State of London Debate
If you haven’t already heard, on Thursday 27th June 2019, the Mayor of London will be speaking at the State of London Debate. This free event will be an open forum for all Londoners to engage with each other and join the conversation about important issues with the Mayor. The debate is taking place at The O2 in London and you can register and find out more details here!

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.

 

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Save the date for our next Volunteer Meetup!

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Save the date for our next Volunteer Meetup!

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

We hope you’ve had a fantastic week! As we settle into the new term (and as the little Prince Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor settles into his new crib!), we have a few upcoming opportunities and some great resources we’d like to share. Read on to find out more details!

Volunteer Meetup!
We are excited to announce that our next volunteer meetup will be on Wednesday 24th July 2019 from 6pm-8pm at WeWork Holborn. If you have a friend or colleague that would like to become a volunteer, then this is the perfect opportunity for them to find out more about GT Scholars and our volunteer opportunities. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with me. We’re really looking forward to seeing you there!

Volunteer Spotlight!
Our Volunteer Spotlight is our way of drawing attention to our amazing volunteers and sharing more about them and their motivation for volunteering. If you’ve volunteered as a tutor, mentor or helped out at one or more of our events in the past term, we’d love for you to feature in our next Spotlight. Please send me a quick email if you’d like to get involved.

Free resources!
If you’re planning your next tutoring or mentoring session and looking for some fresh ideas, you might find these websites useful. BBC Bitesize offers loads of free resources for Maths and English tutors, from past papers to revision questions and quizzes. The National Mentoring Resource Centre includes a full list of mentoring worksheets and guidance notes on their website to help mentors discuss important topics from growth mindset to life skills.

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.

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Have you seen our latest volunteer spotlight?

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Have you seen our latest volunteer spotlight?

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

We hope you’re having a good week! Applications have been rolling in for our programmes and we are looking forward to getting the new term started. In this week’s newsletter, we like to share some more details of how to get involved with upcoming events, another new volunteer spotlight for you to watch and a helpful blog post for you. Read on for more!

Event support needed for young people living in care
The next two events on our Raising Aspirations Programme will be corporate company visits for young people living in care aged 12-15. We are looking for volunteers, workshop facilitators and events coordinators to help on these days.  The first visit is at Clifford Chance on Monday 15th April from 10am-1pm and the second one is at Lloyd’s Bank on Tuesday 16th April also from 10am-1pm. If you’d like to be part of these visits, please contact me and I’ll get in touch to share more details with you.

Spotlight on one of our volunteer tutors
As part of our volunteer spotlight series, we interviewed one of our amazing volunteer tutors, Claire. She is an English tutor who really enjoys seeing the ‘aha’ moments in her scholar during their tutoring sessions and the sense of imparting what she knows to make a difference. We are also excited to tell you that we have upgraded our spotlight interviews to video format and we hope you’ll enjoy watching it here.

5 Quick and Easy Ways to Volunteer with Us
If you are eager to volunteer with us but just don’t have the time  to commit to being a volunteer tutor or mentor, then this latest blog post is for you. It lists 5 quick and easy volunteer opportunities for those who would like to volunteer when they are available but would still like to make a significant impact. You can read the full post here and you can contact me if you’d like to find out more about any of the opportunities.

 

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.

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Could you feature in the next Volunteer Spotlight?

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Could you feature in the next Volunteer Spotlight?

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

Happy Friday! We’ve had a super busy week here at GT Scholars as we prepare for our new term starting in April. In this week’s newsletter we have a volunteer opportunity for next week, an update on our volunteer spotlight series and more information on the new term.

Volunteer speakers needed for Saturday 23rd March
We are looking for volunteers to be on a panel at the parent and pupil information sessions on Saturday 23rd March 2019. This will involve sharing why you decided to volunteer and what you’ve enjoyed most about supporting a young person. There will be two sessions on that day – the first at 1.30pm-2pm and the other at 3.30pm-4pm, both taking place at Bell House in Dulwich. If you’re able to support, please get in touch with us. You can volunteer for one or both sessions.

Would you like to feature in our Volunteer Spotlight?
Our Volunteer Spotlight series is our way of drawing attention to our amazing volunteers! If you’ve volunteered as a tutor or mentor in the past six months, we’d love for you to feature in our next Spotlight. Please feel free to send me a quick email if you’d like to get involved. We will also be releasing new volunteer spotlight videos in the next few days, so keep an eye out for that!

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Term 3 is fast approaching and will run from April to June 2019. We are looking for volunteer tutors and mentors for our Bright Ambitions and Headstart programmes. If you are available to volunteer in Term 3, please let me know by sending a quick email and I will get in touch with you once we start the scholar matching process.

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

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Meet one of our Volunteer Tutors – Claire

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As part of our volunteer spotlight series, we interviewed one of our amazing volunteer English tutors, Claire. You can watch the full interview in the video linked above. You can also find the transcript below.


My name is Claire and I’m in HR for a large consumer goods organisation and I’m a volunteer tutor with GT Scholars.

Why did you decide to start volunteering with GT Scholars?
So I guess the key thing why I decided to become a tutor is, I was born partially deaf, and I think one of those things is because of that people didn’t have very high expectations of myself. I worked really hard and I have become, some people would say, successful.

I got an awful lot of help along the way from my family, from some key people that helped me keep on that journey and I am hugely grateful to them and as a result of that, I think I do want to help other people realise their potential. Everyone has got so much potential and if I can give something back and have other people realise their potential then that’s what I’d really love to do. So that’s how I came to look for tutoring and looking to give back in some way in the same way that people gave to me which is listening, teaching, coaching. So that’s how I started looking at tutoring.

How did you get started as a volunteer tutor with GT Scholars?
So the way I got started with GT Scholars and how I found GT Scholars was simply researching for volunteering and tutoring. So I found it through Google and what stopped me at GT Scholars was how professional it all was. The website was really professional and there were loads of information, every question I had was pretty much already answered on the website.

And then I got in touch via the email and I got really great responses, really quick responses.

So I followed through the process which was you know, intimidating at times, sometimes I felt like I am being judged for the first time, but really nice people that I met throughout the whole process.

And I got signed off to become a tutor, and then I just got started in terms of onboarding. The other thing about the onboarding, it was really impressive, so for me as an HR professional, onboarding is important, and it was a really good process, really good training and lots of support now while I’m tutoring as well.

What was the experience as a volunteer English tutor like for you?
Now how I got started with the tutoring with the very initial stages was making the arrangements with Samuel and his father for the initial session and then having that initial call. We had a telephone call initially then we moved on to Skype and we decided that was the one, we looked at Google Hangouts and Skype and there are so many great options these days but Skype worked pretty well for us.

So that first session was just getting to know Samuel, him getting to know me and really understanding what he wanted out of it because there are so many things you can cover in this session and its limited time. Then we just ran through that and really sort of clarified some specific points that he wanted to learn about. Then I had to go and do research because I haven’t done the English language for such a long time so we had an initial session and we had exam questions to help me assess where he was and then we focused in on a couple of areas. Then we just met each time each week through Skype. Having that face to face contact in the video, I think it’s actually really helpful and really convenient being able to do that from home, from this seat actually and having those conversations each week and trying to move it forward, trying to help him decide where he wanted to focus as well. I think that’s one of the really important things about being the tutor is listening. So I had loads of ideas about what I thought we could talk about and actually it was quite different. So Samuel needed quite specific things and I hope that was helpful for him and a lot of it was conversation, having good conversation about what the examiners are looking for and therefore how he can respond and this is specifically for example about managing time making sure you get to all of the questions in the exams and giving good points across each of those questions.

What have you enjoyed most about volunteer tutoring?
So I think one of the things I found really fulfilling during this process is when you see the ‘aha’ moments and you just see the ‘oh that is a different way of looking at it that I haven’t seen before’, that’s been really powerful. Other things I enjoy are that sense of imparting what I know and thinking that you can make a difference in that way.

And I guess the final thing would be making space for conversation – a safe space for someone in this case to have a really open conversation around what’s worrying him and him being able to talk about that.

What challenges have you as a volunteer tutor helped your scholar overcome?
So the kind of challenges that Samuel seems to have had help with in terms of the conversations that he and I have had, a key thing has been around timing. So managing his own time both in preparing for our sessions doing the homework and then in exams, so that has been quite a lot of our conversations. It’s how he plans for that and how he then makes that impact during the exam so that he can get better marks as he goes forward.

What challenges did you face as a volunteer tutor?
There were some challenges to being a tutor. So one of them is being organised so I have to make time to do my preparation. I had to put myself in Samuel’s shoes, think about what would be the right conversation for us to have and about the material that should help him and then really being present during the sessions and just allow that mental space for him and I to have a great conversation and let all the distractions go.

Why do you think tutoring is valuable for young people?
I think tutoring offers quite a lot to young people. A big part of that is simply dedicated time with someone who is listening to you and answering your unique questions and thinking about you and your unique scenario. So that’s a key thing just that mental space and commitment from somebody.

I think the other bit is, of course, the knowledge that they’re gaining from somebody else who has taken the time to listen to the specific challenges that they are facing and that they want help with.

What would you say to anyone thinking about becoming a volunteer tutor with us?
So if anyone is thinking about tutoring I really recommend it. GT Scholars is a really professional organisation to do it with. You get a huge amount of support at every step of the way. So GT Scholars is really good and tutoring is really fun. You get some time with a young person, the kind of people that maybe you don’t get time to interact with elsewhere in your life and you really get to make an impact on one person’s life and who knows what that leads to.

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 become a volunteer tutor to make a significant difference in young people’s lives.