Are you ready to inspire the next generation of University students?
*** Applications for the 2014/5 voluntary programme have now closed ***
Thank you to everyone who signed up for the scheme, we've had an incredible uptake this year! Successful applicants will be contacted on Wednesday 22 October, inviting them to the Launch Event at 18:00 on Thursday 23 October. During the Launch Event, we will also be electing a new Social Secretary to the 2014/5 Exec.
Warwick Inspire is a society built around a student-led volunteering scheme, which takes Warwick students into local schools to work with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Working in partnership with the SU and with support from national education charity Teach First, we are engaging with the local community to tackle education inequalities in acess to educaiton, and inspire a new generaiton of higher education students. Alongside of our voluntary scheme, the society is fostering a vibrant and friendly student body through socials, debates and fundraisers.
How it works:
- After recuriting new volunteers, we will facilitate DBS checks and training workshops during term one, before assigning you to local school around your timetable. In a small team, you will have the opportunity to design a project that involves sharing you experiences of University with a group of children and combating any misconceptions that they or their parents may have about Higher Education. We will be working with young people from areas where the participation rate in Higher Education is low, so we hope Inspire will give Warwick Students the change to raise the aspirations of these young people.
- Throughout we will be hosting engaging debates and socials to allow volunteers to meet fellow Inspirers and share ideas.
Teach First and Warwick SU will provide support, guidance and resources to help you get the most out of the Inspire scheme.
Benefits of the scheme
The scheme intends to offer all round benefits.
Participants will have the chance to give something back to the local community but will also learn a whole host of skills. Communication and presentation skills will all be developed and the scheme is sure to enrich a CV.
The local schools participating in the project are very grateful for the opportunity for their pupils to meet University students and be inspired to continue in education.
Who should apply
Anyone! We aim to reach as many schools and children as possible and we would love a wide range of students from across our diverse student body. Undergraduates and postgraduates from any discipline are more than welcome to apply. Applications have closed for the 2014/5 intake. Unfortunately, because we need to DBS check and train all our volunteers before entering the schools, we are unable to take on new volunteers periodically throughtout the year.
What the scheme involves
The scheme involves designing and conducting a series of workshops in local schools for groups of disadvantaged children aged 11-17 with the aim of raising their aspirations and encouraging them to apply to University. We understand the academic commitments that students have, and will ensure that any commitments will not impinge on them.
Participants will be expected to attend training sessions.
All participants will receive a certificate and will be encouraged to apply for the Warwick Advantage Award. Participation in the scheme will also be recorded on Students’ Higher Education Achievement Report which they will receive at the end of their degrees.