Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is the main aim of LOT?
To support learners in their personal, social and academic development through a structured and varied leadership mentoring programme design to raise self-esteem, promote healthy lifestyle, tackling inappropriate behaviour and other barriers preventing educational achievements.
What are the selection criteria for joining LOT?
Young people need to be aged 13-16 to join our after school programme and they are drawn from Southwark and other London Boroughs. They should commit to attend for at least one year.
How much does it cost to join?
It is absolutely free but people can make a donation if they wish
Where and when do you meet?
We meet every Tuesday from 6:00- 8:00 pm at Central Venture Park, Kelly Avenue, London SE15 2WL (link to page).
What does the programme offer?
A weekly structure group/mentoring work shops to help develop leadership skills in young people, also networking and presentational skills, guest speakers, vocabulary slot and job interview techniques.
Do you offer post 16 support?
LOT helps to prepare young people for college/university admission and also where possible secure meaningful work placements.
Are there any great success stories?
Given our limited resources, LOT has secured 2 prestigious scholarships to Westminster and Winchester Independent schools. We also sponsored 2 learners from Durban South Africa in 2007 who joined us for the 2007 Orlando Business Education conference. Since 2003 over 100 young people have attended the conference in over 8 Cities across America. Many are now pursuing degrees at top universities with two studying for their Masters at Warwick.
Who are your key sponsors/funders?
British Airways, the National Lottery, South Youth Service, Peckham Space Camberwell College of Arts).
Are LOT Directors and volunteers CRB checked?
Given the severe squeeze on funding for voluntary organisations, how will LOT survive over the coming years?
Volunteers and management give their time for free so lack of funding will not impact too severely on our ability to deliver weekly mentoring sessions.