What is UpReach in the Community?

UpReach in the Community CIC was founded by Ariane Mercurius-Taylor in 2018 specifically to promote private tuition and to ensure that it is accessible to students and young people who may not ordinarily be able to access or afford it.

UpReach in the Community provides you with various supplementary education services (wholly or partially subsidised) if you:

1. are struggling with subject areas;
2. want to improve your understanding of challenging topics; or
3. are at critical stages of your education and need extra attention to help you achieve your academic goals.

We are aware that continued support in your academic studies is just one of the important aspects in your life.  So, we are providing you with an exciting and new opportunity to gain both work experience and a range of practical skills that you will be able to transfer to your academic experience, personal life, career and entrepreneurial endeavours.

A limited number of young people aged 10-25 (with priority given to those residing in Brent) will have the opportunity to up-skill themselves while aiding in the delivery of a number of  internet radio show episodes which aim to shed some understanding on the UK Education System and how that system and other important issues effect a young person’s educational attainment. 

What is the UpSkill Yourself initiative about?

Our intervention is intended to help bridge the predicted peak in the youth unemployment gap by equipping you with the platform and space needed to develop much needed skills to bolster your  CV, skill-set and future business and workplace opportunities.

Our project aims to:

  • provide a platform that will motivate you to create enterprise and work opportunities for yourself;
  • provide you with skills that will strengthen your CV and future opportunities in the workplace and business ventures;
  • equip you with subject / theoretical knowledge and real life experience that will help you to continue or complete your education successfully; and
  • inspire you to seek out learning experiences and make progress in your chosen career path.

Preference will be given to those residing in the London Borough of Brent but we welcome registrations from all young people regardless of your location.

What do I need to access the programme?

We are practicing strict social distancing guidelines here at UpReach in the Community and so all aspects of our project will take place remotely with communication being via video call, telephone and email. 

We just ask that you:

  • commit to the programme over the summer break: Monday 20th July – Friday 28th August 2020;
  • have regular access to a laptop / mobile device, email account and stable internet / wi-fi connection;
  • gain parental consent, participation and involvement if you are a child or young person under the age of 18 years old;
  • participate in all elements of the programme so that you can benefit from the full experience;
  • be willing and enthusiastic to learn something new and / or build upon your existing experiences;
  • keep track of your progress using our work experience workbook;
  • take part in feedback, evaluation and monitoring exercises prior to, during and after the programme.

About The Radio Broadcasting Edition …

Our UpSkill Yourself: The Radio Broadcasting Edition programme will take place during the summer months of 2020 for a period of 6 weeks from Monday 20th July to Friday 28th August 2020 and will be four-pronged as follows:

1. Practical Experience via our youth voluntary roles

You will have the opportunity to work alongside a more experienced individual on the following areas of expertise which are all geared towards the production, creation and broadcasting of our radio show episodes. 

Roles and experiences include:

  • Social Media – managing, creating, scheduling, posting and analysing our social media posts and platforms.
  • Community Outreach – creating awareness of the show in virtual spaces, attendance at various remote community events, contacting experts for guest appearances on the shows.
  • Show Content – planning, writing and scripting the content for each episode.
  • Researcher – research into the proposed show themes, suggest other themes for subsequent shows.
  • Tutors – research and prepare written answers to student’s challenging questions.
  • Interviewer – network and seek experts for the guest segment, prepare interview questions and pre-record interviews if needed.
  • Project Management – plan, implement and manage a project.
  • Executive Assistant – understand the full workings of a small not-for-profit organisation, providing support to all aspects of the organisation.
  • Youth Advisory Board – be a voice for young people and manifest those needs in the community into activities that will benefit young people, have a say in the strategic direction of: the Radio Show; UpReach in the Community in general; and our future activities.

2. Weekly Skills Workshops (dates and times to be confirmed)

The following workshops are designed to give you a different type of skill-set and to start you thinking about the direction that you might want take during or after education:

  • Online Safety
  • Presentation Skills and Public Speaking
  • Lobbying the Government on Issues that Affect You and Your Community
  • Project Management: Planning and Implementing a Project
  • Enterprise: How to set up as a Sole Trader and a Limited Company
  • Careers and Employability Guidance and Advice
  • Know Your Rights
  • Utilising Social Media Effectively
  • Weekly Physical Exercise

3. Radio Show Episode(s)

Your practical voluntary experience coupled with your new skills gained at the skills workshops will provide a great basis for the whole broadcasting team to work towards a common goal, which is, airing our radio show episodes on our weekly slot at our local internet radio station.

4. Keep Track of Your Progress

You will be given an induction to the programme and a work experience workbook.
The induction will be a zoom meeting where you will meet the UpReach in the Community volunteer team and the other participants.  You will also have the opportunity to meet your volunteer buddy.  
The workbook is designed for you to keep a track of your practical experiences, set weekly aims and goals, build a portfolio of your experiences and skills gained and provide time for reflection while working on our team project.

What do I need to do now?

All you need to do is have an idea of the area of expertise you would like to gain experience in, press REGISTER NOW and then fill out the registration form which will open on a separate page.  We will respond to you via email or telephone.

We are a Volunteer-Led organisation and all of our current voluntary role descriptions can be found using the following links.  You can get a better understanding of what you might learn while on the programme:

Reach Volunteering
Team London

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