“Every child deserves a champion, an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” – Rita Pierson
As my undergraduate career came to a close, I had a crisis of confidence. I hadn’t applied for any professional roles (oops!) and I hadn’t (yet!) been accepted to LSE for my graduate programme. So I did what many other American students do when they don’t know what they want to do – I applied for a job with Teach for America. TfA is the American equivalent of Teach First: where fresh graduates are placed in teaching roles in urban schools.
Needless to say, I chose to study at LSE over a teaching job in Jacksonville, Florida. But my desire to work in education wasn’t fleeting. I’m an MSc Social Policy and Development student, and one of my academic interests is the effectiveness of education policies. When I arrived in London, I was constantly perusing the LSE Post-Graduate Facebook page for advice on course selection, extracurriculars, and things to do in the city. I stumbled across a post about Team Up and had an “Aha!” moment.
Team Up is a non-profit organization that trains British university students to tutor and mentor disadvantaged secondary school students. I applied for a role as tutor almost immediately. A few days after I submitted my CV, I received a call from the Team Up Hub asking if I’d like to play a larger role. I said yes, not knowing exactly what I was in for, but knowing that I was passionate about Team Up’s mission.
And not only am I now a part of this incredibly important organization, but I’m the one of the faces of Team Up at LSE. This year we have a goal of recruiting 32 tutors, and they’ve charged me with this task! So I’m writing this post today to spread the word about Team Up in the hopes that my audience will consider applying for the roles available to be volunteer tutors both now and in the future.
Applications for the current academic year are open until Monday 27 October.
LSE students have provided a fruitful crop of tutors thus far! I encourage everyone and anyone who recognizes the power of education to watch Rita Pierson’s TED talk and consider joining us to “Team Up” with two schools in London whose pupils will benefit immensely from your influence.