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Judging and Mentoring Opportunity for Youth Grand Challenges 2017 Competition

The Youth Grand Challenges is a new STEM competition inspiring young people, aged 11-to-19, to use science and technology to change the world. The competition calls on students to come up with innovative solutions to address global health issues, and builds on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges programme for researchers.

See: http://www.crestawards.org/youth-grand-challenges/

We’re calling on STEM professionals to support the young people involved in the competition, and we hope you can join them. We are on the lookout for:

Volunteer Judges: will donate their time and expertise to help select the most deserving finalists. Judges will be registered on the online entry platform, where they will explore entrants’ innovative solutions and score their work. Judges are free to judge as many, or as little, projects as their time will allow, and will be assigned projects that fit in with their own expertise and interests.

Project Mentors: We are also looking for a smaller number of mentors to support students during their projects. Mentors play an important role by offering their experience, knowledge and enthusiasm to encourage students and provide guidance where required. Whilst the time offered by mentors varies depending on the complexity of the project and the agreement in place with their mentee, mentoring typically involves donating between 15 minutes – 1 hour a week.

Interested? To register your interest in either opportunity, please complete this short expression of interest form: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YGC2017

If you have any questions or would like more information on the programme, please get in touch with the Youth Grand Challenges team at: youthgrandchallenges@britishscienceassociation.org

Posted on behalf of Jacob Ohrvik-Stott, Project Officer, British Science Association
T: +44 (0)20 7019 4967 E: jacob.ohrvik-stott@britishscienceassociation.org

Future First

The University of Manchester has recently started working with the charitable organisation Future First to encourage University alumni to make a connection back to their old state schools in the UK.

If you are an alumnus of the University of Manchester you may already have received information about this in the recent e-newsletter.

However, this isn’t just open to Manchester alumni and the commitment can be as small or as great as you want. It may mean posting a profile of yourself, agreeing to do a talk to pupils or mentoring someone online who is now sat in your old seat in class – each school will have a different approach.

As public engagement champions and enthusiasts I wanted to highlight this to you and if you are interested in registering you can sign up here.

If you have any queries please get in touch with Stephanie.lee@manchester.ac.uk

Posted on behalf of Emma Lewis, UG Recruitment and Widening Participation Officer (Academic Enrichment STEM), The Directorate for Student Experience, The University of Manchester 

Reclaim Project: Mentors Wanted

The RECLAIM project is looking for male mentors to work on it’s new project in Salford.

RECLAIM is a multiple award winning leadership and mentoring project based in Manchester. The project empowers young people across the North West to make positive changes in their communities and to find inner strength and self belief. RECLAIM enables young people from the region’s most disadvantaged communities to engage directly with the decision makers influencing their lives.

Promoting leadership and facilitating dialogue with the police, council, politicians and media; RECLAIM helps those who are often marginalised to realise their voice. Directed by the agenda of its young members, RECLAIM enables young people to maximize their capabilities by pushing the boundaries of effective youth engagement.

For more information about RECLAIM, please visit www.reclaimproject.org.uk/

If you would be interested in volunteering with this project, please contact Emma Horridge, Volunteer Manager Direct: 0161 233 4097 or e.horridge@reclaimproject.org.uk