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IntoUniversity

Mentoring and Tutoring in Blackbird Leys with IntoUniversity

into universityIn September 2014 an exiting new centre for IntoUniversity opens in Blackbird Leys, and we hope that many Christ Church students will support its work as volunteer counsellors and mentors through its after school academic support programme. This offers a great opportunity for volunteering, with proper training and support, as part of a dynamic and highly successful national programme.

Christ Church is taking a lead role in supporting the centre. It is funded by an old member of Christ Church, with matched funding from the University and help from the Queen's Trust. IntoUniversity is a remarkable charity which works with local schools in poorer areas and with individual self referred young people to dramatically increase their excitement about learning, their motivation to study and their levels of achievement. Through targeted support, tutoring, mentoring, and careful monitoring, young people are helped to aim high and to achieve their goals. IntoUniversity runs over a dozen centres, and its effectiveness in raising educational achievement is well proven.

This opportunity for Christ Church students to get involved in the community builds on the great success of our Home Learning Scheme, which began in Blackbird Leys and has helped children and families over the last twenty five years. The Home Leaning Scheme has now come to an end, and the IntoUniversity Centre offers us a brilliant chance to support our volunteers better, to refocus our volunteering effort on Blackbird Leys and the neighbouring areas once more, and to concentrate on the children who most need our support.

If you would like more information, please look at the IntoUniversity website, here: http://intouniversity.org

If you are a new or current student at Christ Church or another Oxford college, please consider whether you could help by becoming a tutor this year - if you are interested, please contact hannah.wilbourne@chch.ox.ac.uk in the Admissions Office.

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