At the beginning of August, not one, but two new coordinators joined the Jacari team! Shaiane Gallardo is our new Jacari Oxford Coordinator, taking over the role from Ben Crowther who is moving on to do a Masters degree at UCL. Rachel Hahn is our new Bristol Coordinator, replacing Ashley and Aggie who did the role as a job share for the past year. Aggie will be continuing to work for Jacari but is going to coordinate our new peer tutoring programme, helping to bring it to more high schools in Bristol.
Shaiane and Rachel have spent the last month learning about all things Jacari and meeting the rest of the team and our trustees. It's a perfect time to start in the coordinator role as they can plan and prepare for the start of term and our big recruitment period in September/October.
They'll be reaching out to all of our continuing volunteer tutors so they can resume tutoring as soon as possible, and ask for some assistance to recruit lots of new volunteers! They will also be liaising with school partners to make plans for how tuition will be delivered to their EAL pupils and what the needs are.
Here's a bit more about Rachel and Shaiane:
"I'm Rachel, I'm the new Bristol Coordinator! I’m excited to have joined Jacari and can’t wait to meet lots of children and young people and parents and carers and volunteers and school staff. I feel very lucky to be part of the team! I’ve done lots of different roles with children and young people, including working as a social worker with looked-after children and asylum-seeking young people. I love meeting new people and learning about different languages and cultures (I speak bits of quite a few, but nowhere near fluent). I’m really looking forward to getting to know the Jacari community, and supporting it to grow and develop"
"I’m Shaiane, Jacari’s new Oxford Coordinator and I’m very excited to be here! I’m really looking forward to meeting and building relationships with all the many amazing people who make Jacari happen, as well as continuing to build and develop the Jacari programme so that it is as enriching as possible! I have lived in Oxford for the majority of my life and previously attended two of Jacari’s partner schools. It feels really special that I’m able to support pupils and their families in the Oxford community. I’m passionate about supporting and providing opportunities for young people who are from marginalised backgrounds, especially through educational support"