Current State Of Play
After proving that his school's "Gifted & Talented" programme was a farce by taking his entire Year 8 class successfully through GCSE Mathematics (with grades A* - C), Neil Mayers wrote a book to support Black parents having difficulties with their children in school. The book is called "Gifted At Primary, Failing By Secondary". The book has received rave reviews and is fairly well-known across the African & Caribbean communities across England.
The book led to the creation of educational resources (again to support black parents), a couple of national tours and a self-built website - www.RaisingBlackAchievement.com
Not enough people know about our work because there has been NO social media strategy. All sales have been mainly as a result of word-of-mouth promotion.
Because of the need to have a social media presence, pages were created on different platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube and Pinterest), but for the most part, have been inactive. Somehow, we have accumulated well over 15,000 contacts on Linkedin with very little effort - we believe this is because the value and quality of our work is undeniable and desperately needed.
The work that has been produced by the Raising Black Achievement Team is just the tip of the iceberg. The remaining projects are currently shelved waiting for an opportunities to present themselves. Presently, we have:
2 sequels to "Gifted At Primary, Failing By Secondary" in draft form;
3 completed film scripts;
1 television series drafted with a complete script for the 1-hour pilot episode; and
completed designs for 8 new educational resources.
We hope that if successful, this 3-month internship will lead to:
1) A paid, part-time position, then
2) A paid full-time position
3) A full time position as a publicist for the brand.
The speed of this progression is entirely dependent on the success of the individual.
Other Important Requirements
The race of the applicant is NOT important. Only the quality of their work and their effort and creativity they can bring to the table to help us achieve our goals. The Raising Black Achievement team are acutely aware of the need to appeal to a range of communities in order to provide the level of support needed to make a significant and sustainable impact on the education of young people both here and abroad.
Please answer the following questions (typed or video responses are acceptable):
a) Why do you want to join the Raising Black Achievement Team?
b) What plans do you have for Raising Black Achievement in your initial 3-month period as an intern?
c) How will you measure your success?
d) Do you have any questions for us?
When the majority of the work is 'virtual' it seemed misleading to offer the position under the remuneration heading of "expenses' even if the amount was comparable. Realistically, the wage will be negotiable depending on the applicant's experience and skills.