Ways to get involved with KEEN! 

Fantastic fun, often hilarious, and the basis for many lifetime friendships. But apart from the great time you'll have at KEEN, we also know from feedback we get that experience with KEEN is invaluable for making that CV stand out, whether for job applications or further study.

 

From Session Coaches to interns and everything in between, there is something for everyone at KEEN

 
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What can you do?

 
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So many things! Depending on your interests and the experience and skills you want to develop, we truly have opportunities for everyone. Here are some of the main roles on our team.

Session Coaches

Come and participate at our sessions as a Session Coach and be paired with either one or a small group of our participants, depending on your preferences and the support they need. You'll make friends yourself and have lots of fun taking part in our activities too.

Our Session Coaches make up the biggest part of our team, we are always on the look out for more, and it is a great way to experience what KEEN is all about for the first time.

Session Leaders

If planning amazing sessions and seeing your wildest ideas realised is your thing, you might like to try being one of our Session Leaders.  They work with our session coordinators to make sure our session programmes are all packed with amazing sessions.

Session Coordinators

For those who like big fish to fry, becoming a Session Coordinator is always an option. These KEEN legends take overall responsibility for a whole session for at least two terms. It sounds like a lot of work, and occasionally it can be busy, especially if a Den or the North Sea needs building... But generally, we help to make it manageable, and it's hugely rewarding.

College and school Reps

Our team of College and School Reps help to spread the word about KEEN far and wide in Oxford. It's a pretty easy life as a college rep, with plenty of perks - all in all, the perfect way to easily boost your CV and get major KEEN brownie points at the same time!

You might also like to check out our Young Leaders Programme aimed at people aged 16-19.

KEEN Committee Members

The KEEN Committee is where it's at if you like cake, full stop. It's also where it's at if you have sensible/crazy/heartfelt/whimsical ideas about how KEEN could be even more epic.  We meet a couple of times a term outside of sessions to plan all sorts of awesome events, and make sure that KEEN lives up to its values and mission. Oh, and did I mention the cake? And pizza? Yes, that's right, pizza too, mmm...

internships and work experience

Did we mention that KEEN is the perfect way to boost your CV? We have opportunities behind the scenes in a host of areas, including marketing, publicity, management and business planning, finances, legal, and design.

Some of our internships are run in partnership with the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes Careers Services,  some are our own internal programmes.

Last year we had over 25 different people complete either an internship or work experience placement with us, and we guarantee that we will take you seriously, challenge you, and ensure that you leave with more skills and experience than when you start!

 
 
 
 

5 Reasons to get involved

 
 

1. The perfect CV boost

Our team members give consistently exceptional feedback when it comes to the skills that they have developed at KEEN, whether they be in planning and management, communication, leadership, working with young people, understanding disability, or a host of other areas.

Experience with KEEN has formed the basis of many an excellent CV, or job/university application. Hands on experience with KEEN is particularly ideal for aspiring medics, teachers, or those interested in a career in the highly competitive not-for-profit sector.

2. Getting involved is really easy

Coming to KEEN for the first time couldn't be simpler. Potential Session Coaches are welcome to simply drop in on one of our sessions to say hi, or you can pop us an email /complete our online registration form beforehand if you prefer to let us know to expect you. Either way, there is no hassle of inductions or other forms until you know that KEEN is right for you. Even then, the induction process couldn't be simpler!

 

3. experience an amazing community

KEEN is about even more than our sessions and projects. With well over 250 people on our team each year, KEEN has a vibrant community of its own, and the social events and experiences to match! All are welcome to join in the fun - and we have a lot of it, with socials, dinner, legendary treasure hunts, and regular opportunities to join us for an ice cream or a drink after sessions!

4. Make a difference in the local community

Whether you are a student in Oxford or have lived here all your life, KEEN offers a perfect bridge to getting more involved the local community, and seeing the difference you can make to people's lives as part of our team.

5. KEEN is simply great fun!

Building spaceships at Zig-Zag, extracting DNA from strawberries at KEEN Teens, playground games at Allsorts, archery at GrEAT, kayaking at KEEN Plus... Put simply, we have an awesome time and no matter what your day has been like,  KEEN is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

 
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What our team say

 

"There is something wonderful in the way GrEAT allows for the connection of two happy souls. I'm so glad I've become a part of the team!" Lorelei, Session Leader

"We played, we danced, we had fun! That's the point of Allsorts, to engage everyone in an active and energetic environment" Boon, Allsorts Coordinator

"We had such fun this year, painting, cooking, joking, and even totally reinventing ballroom dancing. Look out strictly!" Florence, Session Leader

"I always have an amazing time at KEEN, I can't wait for next year" Isobel, Session Leader and Coach
 

"KEEN sessions are always so much fun and a highlight of my week!" Stephanie, Session Coach

"KEEN puts a smile on my face and keeps it there for days." Rosaline, Session Coach

"Making lava lamps? Scientific mysteries? Must be KEEN Teens!¨ Chris, Session Leader and Committee Member

"KEEN: Fun, adventure, and time travelling pianos!" Rebecca, Committee Member and Session Coach

 
 
 
 
 
 

How to get involved

One of the unique aspects of participating with KEEN as a coach is the flexibility, we try to work around you and your other commitments as much as possible, whether they be work or study related, or otherwise.

"The joining process couldn't be simpler, just come along to a session to try it out!"

You can express an interest in becoming a KEEN coach by popping us an email/phone call, using our mailing list, or finding us above Turl St Kitchen.  We will invite you to join us at your choice of upcoming sessions, to give KEEN a try and see if you like it.

After your second session, if you decide to continue coming, we simply ask you try to attend a further 3 sessions that term  at times of your own choosing (the KEEN terms are 8 weeks long, the same as the Oxford University Full Terms).

This way, we can work around you while ensuring the young people and adults that we work with, and our other coaches, all have a fantastic time at KEEN!

There are no long forms to fill out or waiting before coming to you first session, and if you do decide to continue coming, we will guide you through the rest of the very simple registration process, including completing a DBS check and having the chance to take a free online Safeguarding course.

 
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