Want to make a difference to the lives of inner city school children? Then volunteer with Widening Participation!
The Widening Participation (WP) team works with young people from under-represented backgrounds in London state schools to raise their aspirations, attainment, and to increase their awareness of their Higher Education options. LSE students have an integral role to play in WP projects as they act as inspiring role models, a source of information and support.
Benefits to LSE students include:
- time management skills
- interpersonal skills
- strengthening your CV / resume
- personal satisfaction
- training for all students who sigh up to one of the projects
- giving back and getting involved in your local community.
Projects that LSE students can get involved in
As an LSE student you can participate in one of three programmes: student tutoring, student mentoring or the student ambassador scheme:
Student Tutors: Assisting pupils in a particular subject in the classroom environment, working in small groups. The scheme runs from January - March 2014 and tutors will be expected to commit tutoring one a week for one morning or one afternoon. Participation is subject to completing a Disclosure and Barring Check and training in the Michaelmas Term.
Student Mentors: 1:1 sessions developing pupils’ personal, social and academic development. The scheme runs from January - March 2013 and tutors will be expected to commit tutoring one a week for one morning or one afternoon. Previous experience working with young people is desirable. Participation is subject to completing a Disclosure and Barring Check and training in the Michaelmas Term.
Student Ambassadors: Paid opportunities on a flexible basis. This is open to first and second year students only and include activities such as being a steward on open days, giving campus tours, and leading young people in focussed group work. Participation is subject to completing a Disclosure and Barring Check and training in the Michaelmas Term.
What qualities are necessary to become a tutor, mentor or student ambassador?
Students that wish to apply for one of the programmes should be:
- enthusiastic and helpful
- good communicators
- able to commit to their chosen programme
- inspiring role models.
If you are interested in participating please email Sophia Mousoulides if you are interested in the Student Tutoring Scheme or Alexandra Smith if you are interested in Student Mentoring or the Student Ambassador Scheme.
Further information will be released at the start of the new academic year.