We're hiring- Music Facilitator/Youth Mentor

Position: Arts Facilitator/Youth Mentor (Freelance)

Salary: £100-£130 / day

Organisation name: Beyond the Classroom

About us

Beyond the Classroom is a youth -led education Social Enterprise. We deliver innovative personal development programmes to young people, predominantly through theatre and peer mentoring. Our mission is to equip young people with the tools to make decisions and take action based on their own needs, feelings and motivations.

We are looking for…

Inspiring, energetic and positive Youth Mentors/ Arts facilitators to help us deliver our one-day Girlhood to Womanhood workshops across London in March 2017.  We are particularly keen to hear from individuals with musical talents who are able to implement the use of singing and/or musical instruments into their facilitation methods.

Person Specification

Are you passionate about empowering young women to make positive change through the performing arts? Do you aspire to be a positive, relatable and inspiring role model for young women? If so, this position could be for you!

This position is ideal for an individual seeking to develop their career within the youth personal development sector. You will share the team’s passion for youth empowerment and social enterprise, and be looking to apply your skills and experience to this area. You should have a proven commitment to this area of work, demonstrated through at least one-two year’s previous full-time, part-time and / or voluntary experience within a similar setting.

You will thrive in a small, creative and resourceful team and be willing to work flexibly within your role.  We are looking for a dynamic and dedicated individual with strong personal development and communication skills. The person we’re looking for will have the initiative and leadership skills required to ensure smooth programme delivery of innovative life-skills programmes.

If you share our vision for youth provision more reactive to contemporary issues and would like the opportunity to work with a small, progressive, proactive and exciting social organisation, this could be the role for you!

The role

  • Your primary objective will be to positively impact the decision-making skills and wellbeing of a group of 11 – 19 year old young females within a school setting.
  • Facilitate an effective and engaging youth programme, to support young women in dealing with sensitive issues within the Girlhood to Womanhood theme (e.g. teenage relationship abuse, peer pressure & low self-esteem). With a strong focus on the use of mentoring and the performing arts.
  • The programme will involve a group of young females using their creativity and personal experience to devise an original piece of performance.  You will be responsible for developing their confidence, self-value and self-esteem throughout this process.
  • You will take responsibility and initiative for ensuring that the programme meets its aims and objectives, including monitoring and evaluation.

 

The successful applicant will demonstrate

  • Evidence of a clear DBS history
  • Proven passion for youth development and strong background in working with young people of diverse backgrounds and needs
  • Openness to learning new skills and gaining new experiences within the BTC model
  • Good leadership skills with an emphasis on collaboration
  • Comfortable in addressing sensitive issues and confident in supporting young people to deal with these issues
  • Reliability and ability to work on own initiative to schedule, and within budget
  • Availability and willingness to work flexibly within the delivery period stated – 1st of March 31st of March.

Desirable

  • Lived experience of the sensitive coming of age issues the programme addresses and happy to use personal experience to inform best practice, only where appropriate
  • Experience delivering Arts Award qualifications
  • Proven passion for the Arts and or/film making
  • Good knowledge of the social and economic context of Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark.
  • Applicants who reflect the diverse make-up of the south London community
  • Qualifications in TIE, social work, youth work
  • Driving licence and access to own car

 

*Before making your application for this role, it is strongly advised that you read our top tips. http://www.beyondtheclassroom.co.uk/news-home/employability

To apply email; Hannah Nunn

programmes@beyondtheclassroomco.uk

  • 2-3 page CV and 1 page cover letter in a single document
  • What you would like to gain from working with us
  • Where you heard about this position
  • Please only send information relevant to this role

Closing date: 8am Monday 6th February

We don't need sex, we need more Zoes

Rather than giving to those 'in need', have you ever thought instead to invest in their potential? 

Amma Mensah is the founder and executive director of education social enterprise Beyond the Classroom. In this provocative talk, she explores how Social enterprise can be used to empower young people, to lead the change they want to see in their own lives, schools and communities. 

We're hiring - Youth Mentor/Arts Facilitator

Position: Youth Mentor / Arts Facilitator (Freelance)

Salary: £100-£130/ day 

Organisation name: Beyond the Classroom

About us

Beyond the Classroom is a youth -led education Social Enterprise. We deliver innovative personal development programmes to young people, predominantly through theatre and peer mentoring. Our mission is to equip young people with the tools to make decisions and take action based on their own needs, feelings and motivations.

We are looking for…

Inspiring, energetic and positive Youth Mentors/ Arts facilitators to help us deliver our one-day Girlhood to Womanhood workshops across London in March 2017.  We are particularly keen to hear from individuals with musical talents who are able to implement the use of singing and/or musical instruments into their facilitation methods.

Person Specification

Are you passionate about empowering young women to make positive change through the performing arts? Do you aspire to be a positive, relatable and inspiring role model for young women? If so, this position could be for you!

This position is ideal for an individual seeking to develop their career within the youth personal development sector. You will share the team’s passion for youth empowerment and social enterprise, and be looking to apply your skills and experience to this area. You should have a proven commitment to this area of work, demonstrated through at least one-two year’s previous full-time, part-time and / or voluntary experience within a similar setting.

You will thrive in a small, creative and resourceful team and be willing to work flexibly within your role.  We are looking for a dynamic and dedicated individual with strong personal development and communication skills. The person we’re looking for will have the initiative and leadership skills required to ensure smooth programme delivery of innovative life-skills programmes.

If you share our vision for youth provision more reactive to contemporary issues and would like the opportunity to work with a small, progressive, proactive and exciting social organisation, this could be the role for you!

 

The role

  • Your primary objective will be to positively impact the decision-making skills and wellbeing of a group of 11 – 19 year old young females within a school setting.
  • Facilitate an effective and engaging youth programme, to support young women in dealing with sensitive issues within the Girlhood to Womanhood theme (e.g. teenage relationship abuse, peer pressure & low self-esteem). With a strong focus on the use of mentoring and the performing arts.
  • The programme will involve a group of young females using their creativity and personal experience to devise an original piece of performance.  You will be responsible for developing their confidence, self-value and self-esteem throughout this process.
  • You will take responsibility and initiative for ensuring that the programme meets its aims and objectives, including monitoring and evaluation.

 

The successful applicant will demonstrate

  • Evidence of a clear DBS history
  • Proven passion for youth development and strong background in working with young people of diverse backgrounds and needs
  • Openness to learning new skills and gaining new experiences within the BTC model
  • Good leadership skills with an emphasis on collaboration
  • Comfortable in addressing sensitive issues and confident in supporting young people to deal with these issues
  • Reliability and ability to work on own initiative to schedule, and within budget
  • Availability and willingness to work flexibly within the delivery period stated – 1st of March 31st of March.

Desirable

  • Lived experience of the sensitive coming of age issues the programme addresses and happy to use personal experience to inform best practice, only where appropriate
  • Experience delivering Arts Award qualifications
  • Proven passion for the Arts and or/film making
  • Good knowledge of the social and economic context of Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark.
  • Applicants who reflect the diverse make-up of the south London community
  • Qualifications in TIE, social work, youth work
  • Driving licence and access to own car

 

*Before making your application for this role, it is strongly advised that you read our top tips. http://www.beyondtheclassroom.co.uk/news-home/employability

To apply email; Hannah Nunn

programmes@beyondtheclassroomco.uk

  • 2-3 page CV and 1 page cover letter in a single document
  • What you would like to gain from working with us
  • Where you heard about this position
  • Please only send information relevant to this role

Closing date: 8am Monday 6th February

Employability Top Tips

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Everyone knows that looking for a job can be as demanding as having a job it’s self. It can be difficult to know how you might best attract employers’ attention among tens or hundreds of other applicants.

Over the past five years, we’ve received hundreds of applications and put together a few of our own top tips.

*Please note that recruitment can be highly subjective, the below tips are specific to our recruitment processes and may not always be relevant to all employers. Whether you are seeking an opportunity with Beyond the Classroom or another organisation, we hope this information will help you to land that very exciting opportunity you’ve got your sights on. So pull out a note pad and pour yourself a cup of tea!

 

Say my name, say my name: If the advertiser has been so kind as to offer you their name, please use it. If you can avoid it, don’t call them “Sir”, ”Madam”, “To Whom It May Concern” or any of those other very impersonal greetings. This simply shows attention to detail and it also makes your application more personal. Make your reader feel special!

 

Proof read: If you have a plethora of spelling and grammatical inaccuracies in your application it can give a bad impression. Especially if the job spec asks for ‘strong communication skills and a keen eye for detail’, as so many applications do.

 

Read the job advert properly: It sounds simple enough, but it can be very obvious when someone hasn’t bothered to read the job spec or application instructions in detail. If you are asked to send a CV of up to 2 pages, please don’t send 5. It doesn’t look clever, it just looks like you can’t follow simple instructions.

 

Remember to attach the Application: Another seemingly simple suggestion but employers don’t have time to follow you up if you forget to attach your CV. No matter how pleasant your cover email comes across.

 

Keep it simple: With every advert we post we have very specific instructions on how to apply. For example; ‘please send your CV and cover letter in a single document’ if you send three documents we have to open all three of them and we may have 100 more applications waiting in our inbox. Just make things as simple as possible, this tip is certainly good practice wherever you are applying!

 

Keep it Succinct: If you send a 5 page CV, we have to search through it to find the relevant information we are looking for. Just tell the recruiter what  she/he needs to know and don’t bulk up your applications with detail irrelevant to the role. Remember the 99 other applications still to be opened? Yours is just one!

 

Also, don’t send two CV’s e.g. an actors CV and youth work CV, it’s your job to send the most relevant information in the most useful format possible. We shouldn’t have to search for it!

 

Make me feel special: If you send a file named ‘CV for youth jobs’ it’s very clearly a generic application for which you have made no effort to customize. Name the file with your own name or that of the organisation / role you are applying for. It’s a small detail, but might just give you the edge over another applicant who couldn’t be bothered.

 

We’re only little: We are only a small organisation and often receive 50 - 100 applications for a single position, larger companies are likely to receive many more. This means you shouldn’t beat yourself up about not making it through to the next stage.

 

It’s interview time!

 

If you make it through to interview stage, be super chuffed! It means the recruiter likes you and you are a suitable candidate for the job. But you may be one of six and the final decision could come down to anything. So…

 

Be honest: This goes for interview and CV, it can be quite obvious when you are trying to embellish things. No one is perfect and you’re not expected to know everything. A very honest ‘I don’t know, but am eager to learn’ will always bode better than a made up story!

 

Not too early: It’s always advisable to arrive a few minutes early for an interview, but no more than that. You are likely to turn up during someone else’s interview, you’ll be sitting around making yourself more nervous.

 

Don’t cry:  The work we do in this sector is challenging and can really pull on the heartstrings. But please don’t cry in an interview, this gives the impression that you have not prepared well and comes across as a little unprofessional.

 

Do your research: It sounds basic, but spend some time just reading over the company’s website and getting a feel for who they are and what they do. Do you fit in well with their ethos? If so, tell them and give examples too!

 

Be yourself: Interviews are all about getting to know the person behind the application. The best thing you can do is relax so that all of that lovely personality can shine through!

 

Feedback is king! If you didn’t get the position this time, be sure to ask for feedback. Don’t simply fail to respond to the email informing you of the outcome of your application.

Applying for jobs is all about how you present yourself to others, learning more about how you’ve been perceived will be useful in your next pursuit. You may not agree with the feedback and it’s always your choice whether or not to take the advice on board. Either way, it’s always going to be useful to know, and it can’t hurt.

Good luck!

UK Prime Minister - UN International Youth Day

 

It's not everyday the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom decides to commend you for starting up a social enterprise, but that's exactly what happened to us on Wednesday. Wednesday the 12th of August 2015 marked UN International Youth Day and the UK Cabinet office decided to mark it by shouting about some of the young people in the UK Doing great things for the country. 

So... David... now that you know about Beyond the Classroom, do you think we could sit down and have a chat about some of your youth, social mobility and education policies? Over the past four years we've gathered some pretty enlightening insights about how to help young people reach their full potential and we'd love to share them with you!

A massive thank you to Antonia at the School for Social Entrepreneurs who nudged Mr Cameron and his team to do this.

 

 

Evening Standard - Beyond the Classroom Gives Young Women Vital Life skills

We were very excited on Tuesday afternoon to open the Evening Standard Newspaper, to read a two page spread written about the wonderful work we do. The article focuses on Our Girlhood to Womanhood programme and explains; 

"She (Amma) set up Beyond the Classroom to give young people the chance to talk about issues that they would not normally discuss even in sex and relationships classes or PSHE (personal, social and health education) lessons.

The unusual way she (Amma) gets young women to talk about their worries is by using music and drama. Vulnerable sixth-formers get together to discuss the issues that are really bothering them — often older boyfriends, sexual abuse and being coerced into sex.

 

The girls then create a series of role plays which develop into a full musical theatre production where their problems are aired through “fictional” characters."

Amma Said;

“I have a vision of being able to help create a troop of young women who are really well-informed, really confident, really able and capable and really keen to share those positive attributes with other young women in their communities.”

You can read the full article on the Evening Standard website here Written by Anna Davis.

 

We’re Award Winning…

Well…at least we are sometimes! And other times we're just lucky enough to be in the running!

Have a look at some of the wonderful accolades we’ve received!

  • Unltd Impact Award                -             2014               -                  Winner

  • Brook Sexual health award     -             2013                -                 Highly Commended

  • Lambeth business gives back -             2014               -                  Finalist

  • SFX Community Award           -             2012                -                 Winner

City Hall – A Woman’s Place

On Wednesday 21st January 2015 Beyond the Classroom took over London’s Living Room at City Hall, with the aim of telling the world that 'A Woman’s Place' is... wherever she wants it to be! 

And we succeeded. Almost 100 young women from schools across London joined a panel of distinguished professionals to explore their experiences of breaking the glass ceiling, in the typically male dominated industries of business, sport, politics and STEM.

It was a poignant day for us to be at City Hall, as under our feet the Mayor of London was being grilled by the GLA (Greater London Authority) about his recently implemented policies. We made lots of noise to ensure that they could all hear us, raising aspirations and inspiring the next generation of female leaders!

“ I was inspired by 'A Woman's Place', I even learnt a lot from the panelists myself!

 I would like to provide this programme to more of our students.  Definitely, without hesitation! ”

          - Pimlico Academy, 

           Raising aspirations director

The girls tell us they were inspired by the experience and learnt a lot about careers that they didn’t previously know existed! We will now be conducting follow up workshops at each of their schools to help them further explore their career and GCSE options. We’re looking forward to working with the Mayors Fund for London’s employability team, Young London Working to develop this provision.

We are so grateful to our wonderful panel for giving up their time and sharing invaluable insights. So we were very excited when Chika, director at Aviva PLC further pledged to welcome the girls interested in math to the Aviva head office in Central London!  We’re so proud to be offering such incredible opportunities to young women from state schools across London. 

On Wednesday 'A Woman’s place' was at City Hall, but tomorrow it's…wherever SHE wants it to be!

Aviva X Rosa X Us!

What a way to end 2014! Aviva plc in partnership with Rosa, the UK Fund for Women and Girls chose Beyond the Classroom as their charitable partner. In 2015 Aviva will provide us with grant funding and pro bono support to help us expand our work with young women vulnerable to gang culture in London.

We are honored and very excited to be working alongside these two powerhouses in the New Year and were delighted to meet the ever charming Sandi Togsvig (pictured) at the award ceremony in December.

Happy New Year all, we are sure it will be for us!

As seen on TV, London Live….

Amma (BTC Founder) was invited to join a live panel debate on London Live, to discuss whether or not Sex and Relationship Education should become part of the national curriculum.

Well… Yes, of course it should! But the opposition panelist on the show wasn't so sure! She highlighted some important issues around safeguarding, teen pregnancy and child abuse. But didn’t seem to understand how effective good SRE (Sex and Relationship education) is in tackling these issues. Maybe she should come along to one of our sessions and see what it's all about!

 


 


PSHE inquiry - Parliamentary Education Select Committee

On the same day we submitted evidence to the parliamentary education select committee for their inquiry into PSHE (Personal, Social & Health Education). The result of which branded PSHE as inadequate in at least 40% of schools! Yes, we know its it poor, our research suggest that 78% of young people consider their PSHE inadequate. So….what’s the solution? We made a number of recommendations to the committee based on our delivery of the G2W programmes over the past three years, including;

  • A bottom up approach to PSHE and in particular SRE, which takes into account the thoughts feelings and needs of students through a youth led approach to delivery.

  • The employment of engaging techniques such as the performing arts and media to engage young people in the exploration of difficult and sensitive topics.

  •  A holistic approach to Relationships and sex education which does not only focus on contraception but the development of decision making skills, self-esteem and confidence

“PSHE (Personal, Social & Health Education) requires improvement in 40% of schools. The situation appears to have worsened over time, and young people consistently report that the sex and relationships education (SRE) they receive is inadequate. This situation would not be tolerated in other subjects, and yet the Government’s strategy for improving PSHE is weak. There is a mismatch between the priority that the Government claims it gives to PSHE and the steps it has taken to improve the quality of teaching in the subject."

House of commons,

Education Committee 2015

The RSA : Disrupt Inc

A research paper written by Benedict Dellott and Jullian Thompson at the RSA, seeks to challenge the commonly held conceptions around the ways young entrepreneurs are starting up businesses. Disrupt inc. is an interesting read, besides the fact that Beyond the Classroom is one of the contributors to this work!  Among our favourite themes are; ‘The Accidental Entrepreneur’ and ‘The Collaborative Entrepreneur’. Enjoy here...

It Was a Roaring Success!

“Generally, sex education for British teenagers revolves around finding a variety of ways to tell them that they must use a condom, before asking them to practice unrolling one on a banana. Very rarely is the emphasis placed on how to prepare and protect oneself emotionally for a sexual relationship, and this is exactly where ‘Girlhood to Womanhood’ comes in!”

Natasha Devon

Founder, Body Gossip

Sunday the 29th of September 2013 saw the second public performance of Beyond the Classroom’s Girlhood to Womanhood (G2W) theatre production. Part of an SRE (sex and relationships) TIE (theatre in education) initiative primarily delivered to young women in schools, colleges and youth centres - this was a rare opportunity for the general public and key community stakeholders to see the play.

The evening kicked off to an emotional start, with a film screening of ‘A Girlhood to Womanhood journey’. Created by the young G2W cast & crew, the film documents the personal experiences, growth and development of a group of SFX College students. As they embarked on the powerful journey to create the G2W production and become peer mentors to young people across London.

The scene was set for the performance of an authentic youth led TIE production, the delivery of which certainly did not disappoint!

The multitalented cast effectively guided the audience through a roller-coaster of emotions; laughing, crying and reminiscing on their own coming of age experiences. A packed auditorium were blown away by the cast’s remarkable employment of music, comedy, drama and powerhouse vocals. Audience participation was a successful tool in breaking the fourth wall between audience and stage, and even saw one audience member temporarily become a part of the on stage performance to great comic effect.

“I am certain that young people across the country will find this initiative incredibly informative. It deals with poignant issues that are becoming ever more prevalent in the lives of young people. And educates about these often taboo topics in a highly engaging and entreating way, excellent!”

Judith Arkwright 

Wandsworth Council Family learning co-ordinator

 

A brief intermission provided an opportunity for attendees to engage in Beyond the Classroom’s ‘Feedback Walls’. Analysis of the production revealed that 100% of the audience would like to see Beyond the Classroom programmes delivered to young people more widely, and would recommend them to others.

While the open and more direct questions put forward by cast members, yielded detailed heart felt responses. For example;

Q: Why do you always tell me life is hard? Give me something about adulthood to look forward to…

A: You can look forward to overcoming the hard times with joy. Because when you receive the reward, you will look back on the storm with love.

Q: Why do you make sex seem like such a bad thing, haven’t you done it?

A: It is because sex is not generally talked about openly, or in a way which allows people to really think about what is right for them.

The evening was ceremoniously rounded off the presentation of graduation certificates to the young ladies who have now successfully graduated from the Girlhood to Womanhood programme.

For more information on the Girlhood to Womanhood initiative, or to book Beyond the Classrooms programmes get in touch here.

Film- a Girlhood to Womanhood Journey

 

Watch our film documenting the journey of a cohort of Beyond the Classroom's  Girlhood to Womanhood Gold programme. Created by the young women themselves, this genuine and authentic documentary illustrates the power young people have, to create positive social change in their communities. When given the right opportunities, training and guidance.

Nick Hurd - Generation Change

Left to right; Joel Davis (Tutors united), Nick Hurd (Minister Civil Society), Nancy Bailey (Cabinet office).

Left to right; Joel Davis (Tutors united), Nick Hurd (Minister Civil Society), Nancy Bailey (Cabinet office).

In June 2013 Generation Change was officially born! A government backed coalition established to; increase the quality, quantity and impact of social action in the UK.

Beyond the Classroom, Tutors United and Unltd were just some of the organisations invited to meet with Nick Hurd (Minister for civil society) to discuss how this might be done! Have a look at the Generation Change website...

House of Lords

In June 2013 we were invited to the House of Lords. The event chaired by Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe, was to celebrate 25 fruitful years of Business Launchpad successfully supporting over 5,000 young entrepreneurs since the 1980’s.

Amma spoke about her experience of being a young social entrepreneur. Her challenges, successes and future goals. But most importantly sharing the belief that;

 ‘Young people are the solution to our own social issues. We just have to provide the next generation with the right tools to actualise their potential.”

What do you think? How can we secure the future of the next generation?

Beyond The Classroom Goes Global!

Beyond the classroom have been invited to attend the British councils international study visit (ISV), Serbia, February 2013. We will be one of three British ambassadors, joining social entrepreneurs from 30 EU and Commonwealth countries. The aim of the summit is to discuss how locally engaged social change makers, can make an even greater global impact. To put it bluntly; for a week, we will discuss how to change the world! 

We saw some wonderful social change projects, discussed youth policy with members of the Serbian parliament and even attracted the attention of the Serbian press!

Participants shared knowledge about how we are all tackling the same social issues in our very different cultural contexts. As Londoners we take for granted that the world comes to us, but travelling the world is a very different experience all together! You can read Amma’s full blog post on UnLtd’s website here.

 

 

So...We also met the lovely Akilah Russell in Serbia, who also happens to be the deputy online editor of the Voice newspaper. She took an interest in BTC and asked to write an article about BTC’s founder, Amma Mensah. You can read it here.The Guardian took one sniff of Akilah’s  article and decided to retweet. Great work Akilah!