Altitude Foundation

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Altitude Foundation is a brand new social mobility charity based in the North East.  We enable young people with untapped potential to smash social barriers and pursue their passion for technology. The charity is looking to recruit volunteers with experience of. and an interest in. coding and programming to work with students aged 14-18 during practical skills workshops (such as code clubs and hackathons). Volunteers will work with students to ensure the students get the most out of the session.

In 2019/20 the Foundation will run two pilot programmes: Altitude 1600 (for 14-16 year olds) and Altitude 1800 (for 16-18 year olds). Across the academic year there will be three sessions per programme expected to take place on a weekday evening in Central Newcastle. The support of engaging student volunteers is essential for the successful delivery of the pilot programmes. Volunteers are encouraged to work across both programmes (six sessions in total), but we appreciate that volunteers may prefer to work with one programme (three sessions in total).

Volunteer specification

Volunteers will:

  • Be approachable and enthusiastic about the opportunities offered by STEM education
  • Have excellent communication skills- particularly in-person small group and one-to-one communication
  • Have some coding experience
  • Have good awareness of the barriers that young people from disadvantaged backgrounds can face in achieving their potential
  • Have empathy with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and understanding of the socio-economic barriers that they face.
  • Have an understanding of the appropriate approaches to safeguarding and child protection
  • Adhere to a code of conduct
  • Preferably be completing a STEM degree.

Role benefits

By working with Altitude Foundation, volunteers will:

  • Gain hands-on experience working in classroom and workshop environments
  • Develop skills in engaging and inspiring students
  • Build understanding of the interventions used for student support and assistance
  • Increase their understanding of the barriers and challenges that disadvantaged students can face in achieving their full potential
  • Further their understanding of how opportunities in Digital and Tech can enhance young people’s life chances
  • Develop an understanding of safeguarding
  • Be supported in their role with a briefing session and on-going support from the Events and Communications Manager.

The opportunity for groups of student volunteers to lead practical sessions and to develop future activities may also arise.

Please submit a cover letter to volunteercoordinator.union@newcastle.ac.uk by Monday 30 September 2019 outlining your relevant experience and how you meet the volunteer specification.

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