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 What's new?

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 – Can you connect us with your network?

Friends of GT Scholars – Can you connect us with your network?

Volunteer interviews What's new?

I hope you’ve had a great week so far and that your Friday is off to a great start! In this week’s newsletter, I’d like to tell you more about the upcoming Raising Aspirations programme and share another great volunteer spotlight interview with you.

Can you help us build a partnership with your company?
We’re looking to expand our network by forming new partnerships and finding ways to collaborate with corporates and universities who are passionate about improving social mobility for young people. If you’re part of a network or company that cares about improving the life chances of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, then please get in touch with me and we can discuss this in more detail.

All about the upcoming Raising Aspirations Programme
One of the reasons we’d like to connect with more corporates is to arrange visits and work experience for young people living in care. Over the next few months, we expect to be building more partnerships for next year’s Raising Aspirations programme which is designed to support and raise the aspirations of young people living in care. To find out more about this programme, including why it exists and how you can get involved, read this blog

An interview with one of our Volunteer tutors Arash Khosravi
As part of our volunteer spotlight series, I had the pleasure of interviewing one of our brilliant Volunteer Maths tutors, Arash. It was his first term as a volunteer tutor, tutoring Maths online, and it was really great talking to him, hearing about his experience as a tutor and the difference he was able to make through tutoring. You can follow this link to read the full interview.

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 – Do you have coding skills?

Friends of GT Scholars – Do you have coding skills?

What's new?

Happy Friday! The weekend is almost here and I hope that you are looking forward to it as much as I am. But before the week comes to an end, I’d like to tell you about an upcoming workshop, share an interesting blog with you and also announce a new partnership.

We need coding workshop facilitators!
We need workshop facilitators to help us with our summer coding workshop in August. The #DayOfCode workshop is a GT Scholars initiative in collaboration with Cyber Hive and Caius House. This three-day workshop will take place at Caius House in Battersea and will run from Tuesday 6th August until Thursday 8th August. If you or someone you know has experience in coding, please feel free to contact me or forward this email to them.

A guest blog on social mobility
On Monday 17th June, one of our volunteers attended the Major Speech with the Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP, Secretary of State for Education. The speech touched on the connection between disadvantaged students and educational attainment. Sarah-Jane Tollan wrote a guest blog about the speech and the Government’s view on the issue and how it plans to tackle it. Find out more by reading this interesting blog Blog

A new partnership!
We’re proud to announce that GT Scholars is now partnering with Bright Network. We’re really excited about this and think that together we can really make a difference. Bright Network’s mission is to help graduates and undergraduates get ahead in their careers by connecting them with the best career opportunities. Keep an eye out for next week’s newsletter as I’ll be sharing more information on opportunities with Bright Network. Visit our website for a full list of all our partners and sponsors.

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 volunteer at our Summer Workshop?

Friends of GT Scholars – Can you volunteer at our Summer Workshop?

Volunteers What's new?

It’s Friday, let’s start the countdown to the weekend! But before the weekend break, I’d like to ask your help for an upcoming workshop,  share an interesting blog with you and also ask you to connect us on social media.

Coding Workshop Facilitators needed
We’re still looking for workshop facilitators that can help us run and create content for our summer coding workshop. GT Scholars in collaboration with Cyber Hive and Caius House are running the #DayOfCode workshop for young people between the ages of 11 to 16. The workshop will run from Tuesday 6th August to Thursday 8th August at Caius House in Battersea. If you or someone you know would be interested, please get in touch with me.

Help us Narrow the attainment gap
A vision that’s shared with our volunteers is to help young people achieve their full potential. It’s a widely known fact that private tuition, coaching, and enrichment programmes are expensive and not accessible to young people from low incomes, thus contributing to the widening of the attainment gap. But there is a way we can help narrow the attainment gap. Follow this link to our blog to read more about the challenges young people from low-income homes face and how we provide them with access to high-quality programmes. Please get in touch to find out how to get involved.

Connect us with your friends
Help us leverage the power of social media by following us on any of our social media pages. Whether you decide to like, share, tweet or follow, we have a social media page you can connect to and share with your friends. Find us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram and keep a lookout for volunteer stories, spotlights, and other related education and social mobility content.

Have a wonderful 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.

 

Can Volunteer Tutoring Boost Your CV?

Can Volunteer Tutoring Boost Your CV?

Volunteers What's new?

When it comes to volunteer tutoring, it is often thought that only those on the receiving end of the volunteering service are being benefited. However, there are many short-term and long-term benefits that volunteer tutors receive when they choose to take on this role. One of these benefits is how this volunteer tutor role can boost your CV.

When a potential employer is going through your CV, they will always assess what extracurricular work you have done. When they see that you have previously taken on the role of a volunteer tutor, it reveals a few things about your character and the kind of person they would be bringing on board to work for them.

It shows initiative
Taking on the initiative to be a volunteer tutor is a great way to get your foot in the door to the working world. Potential employers will see that you are not primarily driven by money and that you are willing to put in work when it is needed without being prompted to do so. It shows that the betterment of others is something you take into consideration and that you are also able to think beyond yourself. It also shows that you are proactive and willing to go the extra mile.

More exposure for you
By becoming a volunteer tutor you create more opportunities for yourself to be seen. It makes your CV more captivating to potential employers and gives them an insight into how you spend your time outside of university or work and an overlook of your skills and capabilities. The opportunity to be a volunteer tutor also puts you in an environment you may not usually be exposed to, and in doing so, it allows you to meet other undergraduates and professionals who may be able to pass your CV to other people. This creates a platform for you to network with different peers your age who may also be volunteer tutors, as well as potential organisations you may want to work with in the future. Taking on the role of a volunteer tutor can also expose you to different potential career paths that you can look into.

Improved skills and experience
In as much as you are helping someone else improve their skills through your volunteer tutoring, you are also improving your skills and experience in the process. You have to find ways to be able to relate to the scholars you teach and find ways to relay the information you know to them. This improves with every tutoring session you have and helps to sharpen your communication, leadership, interpersonal, and performance skills. Being a volunteer tutor also helps with improving your thinking skills and personal development. In doing this, it gives you the right skills and experience for the workplace and under different conditions and environments.

Time management
Becoming a volunteer tutor requires you to have good time management in order to balance your academic career and personal time as well as being a tutor. It shows potential employers your organisational skills and how well you are able to manage the demands of studying and tutoring while working under pressure in some instances. Employers like to see that their potential employees have good time management skills and are able to allocate their time accordingly and prioritise different tasks effectively. Taking on the role of a volunteer tutor is also a good way to utilise spare time and learning how to manage that.

Preparation for the future
Being a volunteer tutor helps to prepare you for working environments and other future roles you may look into pursuing. Even though you have the free will to undertake your tutoring sessions in times that work well for both you and your scholar, you still work under a specific structure and you must still meet the required hours as well as produce certain results with regards to your scholar. You also have to maintain a standard of integrity and abide by the rules that govern the volunteers within that organisation. This shows potential employers that you have the ability to follow instructions and how well you are able to fulfil designated tasks and work independently.

It shows that you are reliable
Becoming a volunteer tutor is one thing, but doing the job that is required of you is another. When taking on the role, you have to ensure that you will be able to fully apply yourself to the role. This is an aspect that potential employers look at – how reliable you are and how well do you perform in your role? The more reliable you prove to be, the higher your chances of growing professionally are and the more people trust you to do things that require greater responsibility.

An opportunity for personal enrichment
Lastly, being a volunteer tutor creates room for your own personal enrichment. It helps you discover strengths or interests you may not have known that you had, and it provides you with a different perspective on how you can approach your career and personal life. There are always lessons to be learnt and growth to be experienced when you open your mind to new possibilities. You also learn some of the things that work and don’t work for you and also leave having acquired some self-enhancement through the whole experience.

If you would like to boost your CV and become a volunteer tutor, let us know! GT Scholars runs an after-school tutoring programme that is designed to help young people aged 11-18 achieve their academic aspirations. We aim to tackle educational inequality and improve social mobility by helping young people gain access to the most selective universities and the most competitive careers. Visit our website to find out how you can become a tutor today.

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 – Volunteer this summer!

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Volunteer this summer!

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

We hope you’ve had an amazing week and are as excited as we are to be stepping into the first summer weekend! It’s also the start of Volunteers’ Week, and this week’s newsletter includes some great volunteer opportunities you can get involved in. Curious to find out how? Read on for more details!

Something new is heading your way!

We’re so grateful for the support we get from our volunteers and it’s volunteers just like you that make a huge difference in the lives of our young people. Over the past few weeks, we’ve been cooking up some ideas of a fun activity for Volunteers Week and beyond. We’ve been working on something that all our volunteers can participate in and we’ll be sharing further details with you in the coming week – So keep an eye out for what we have in store!

Invite us to Speak!
As you know, we’re all about creating opportunities for young people, especially those from low-income backgrounds, to succeed in school and beyond. We’d love to share more about what we do with people so that we can increase our reach and continue to help young people in need! If you know of any forums or speaking engagements you think we could be a part of to make this happen, then please get in touch with me to chat further.

Write a Blog Post!

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to volunteer, you can join us as a guest blogger for our blog!  The blog posts are a great way for you to share your thoughts with our scholars and parents about education, social mobility and potential careers for young people. If you’d like to be a guest blogger, you can get in touch with me or get further 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 – New opportunities to look out for!

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – New opportunities to look out for!

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

We hope your week has been a fantastic one! We are definitely excited to hear the news that Oxford University is taking progressive steps to widen access to disadvantaged students and we hope to see more impactful changes like this take place across the education sector! We’d love to hear your thoughts on this! We also have some exciting news to share on what’s been happening here at GT Scholars – read on to find out more!

 

Coding Workshop Facilitators needed
We’re looking for workshop facilitators with a background in coding and computer science to run our coding workshops coming up this year. Our coding workshops help young people to learn new skills for a 21st-century career and we are looking forward to helping even more young people this year. So if you know the difference between C, C# and C++ then get in touch with me. If you know a colleague or friend that would be interested, they can get in touch with us through our contact page.

We’re looking for another School Partnership Manager
As part of our goal to reach every borough in London (yes all 33 of them!) we are looking for another school partnership manager to join our team. The school partnership manager will be responsible for delivering presentations to schools across London and meeting with school leaders and parents to discuss and pitch our programmes. If you have excellent presentation skills and some experience working in the education sector, you can send us an email with your CV. Want to find out more about the role? You can read this.

Event Volunteers Needed
We ran our first workshop of the term, the GT Scholars Maths Marathon, last week and it went really well! We would like to extend a big thank you to the workshop facilitators and event volunteers who helped make the event a success! If you would like to be a part of our event volunteer team, feel free to get in touch with me.

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 – Be a part of the action!

Volunteers and Friends of GT Scholars – Be a part of the action!

Friends of GT Scholars Volunteers

As we come to the end of another week, we hope that yours has been an awesome one! To all our volunteers that are helping to make this term a great one, we send a big thank you. If you feel like you’re missing out on the volunteer action, then read on for more details about our volunteer opportunities.

Event volunteers needed!
On Wednesday 29th May 2019, we’re running a workshop at the Rio Tinto offices in London from 10am to 4pm. We still need volunteers, workshop facilitators and event coordinators for this workshop. Please let me know if you’re available to help on the day and I’ll get in touch to share more details with you.

Quick and easy volunteer opportunities
If you want to volunteer this term but you just don’t have the time to commit to tutoring or mentoring, then we have some great opportunities for you! From guest blogging to helping out at events, there are many other ways to volunteer with us. Find out more by reading this blog and if you find a way that best suits you, please feel free to get in touch with me.

The Fight for Social Mobility
The Social Mobility Commission released its annual State of the Nation report recently. According to the report, the gap in attainment between pupils from low-income backgrounds and their peers resulted in only 16% of this group getting the equivalent of two A Levels, compared with 39% of other pupils. This shows that a lot more needs to be done to support pupils from low-income backgrounds. If you would like to volunteer to help these pupils get the support they need, please get in touch with me.

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.