Volunteers are the heart of One Degree. These mentors, ambassadors and teachers give up their weekends to work with students that are quite often brushed aside in their communities or schools. In return for giving these young people direction and support, our volunteers experience first-hand what it means to make a tangible difference in the lives of students that may have been left behind otherwise.
We believe that A to C grades in Maths and English, together with huge doses of self-belief, are the passports that will change the life direction of our youth. Our weekly sessions, which run for eight weeks twice a year, are worthwhile, fun and full of great people. This experience is guaranteed to benefit students both academically and personally as they participate, work hard and have fun.
Since the inception of One Degree in 2009, we have made a positive and lasting impact in the lives of 250 students. In 2013, our students had a predicted pass rate of only 25%, which One Degree was able to increase to a 65% achieved pass rate. Our results are not purely academic though. One Degree turns out young people who believe in themselves and confidently advance towards productive, rewarding careers.
Besides volunteering, there are many ways in which individuals and businesses can support our cause. One Degree can be integrated into companies’ existing CSI programmes or can be a platform for organisational team building projects. Sponsorship can also take the form of collaboration and partnership. We have made it simple for anyone to make an online donation too – every bit of support makes an impact.