Volunteer with Young Glasgow Talent and YOU can change the life of a deserving young person. Support them through their education and guide them to a positive pathway. The only qualification you’ll need is to put a young person first.
Tom & Alfie's Story
For the last few years I’ve been mentoring a young man in a school in the East End of Glasgow. It took a little time to build a great relationship with my mentee, but he is an astonishing young man.
Together we refocused his attention on the education he’d need to get a job in engineering - his chosen career. I’m very proud to say he now has that job. Alfie has had challenges, but I know from other mentors how desperate things can get for their young people.
Some have faced homelessness, extremely difficult home situations and had given up on school and themselves. Their mentor really is such a support to them.
Tom was my mentor. He’s a guy that actually talks with you and helps you a lot, and he is a good person.
With a mentor, you get help, a chance to talk with someone who is on a similar pathway to you.
We’re lucky to have this opportunity!
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Young Glasgow Talent by MCR Pathways is helping secure a brighter future for the young people of Glasgow who have suffered disadvantage through no fault of their own.
Here at MCR Pathways we recruit and train volunteer mentors to meet care experienced young people for an hour a week, in their own schools, for a minimum of a year. Building relationships and self-esteem help our young people discover their own passion for learning and achieving. Allowing them to overcome the challenges thrown at them. Challenges they face through no fault of their own.
This consistency is what keeps young people engaged with school. Working towards an exciting future you’ll encourage and help your young person discover. Mentoring radically improves educational attainment, return to school rates and positive pathways for our young people.
“My young person was struggling out of school at home. It was easy to see his problems at school stemmed from his tough home life. My mentee was a good example of a kid who just needs someone to talk to out with his peer group for a bit of a break from it all” Alasdair Munro, YGT Mentor
Our mentors come from every walk of life, age group and type of organisation. Over 40% are male helping young people who lack a male role model. There are as many under 35 years of age as over 65, with the majority at the peak of their careers. Every profession and job is represented. The only qualification required is being able to put a young person first.
“Some of the young people we mentor have very different lives from our own - sometimes our values and approaches are miles away from theirs. Consistency and positive encouragement is at the heart of it. Stick in there and you’ll build a good, solid, trusting relationship. You’ll see your young person blossom and a brighter future open up for them. Believe me, there’s no better feeling!” Mairi Damer, YGT Mentor
Mentors listen without judgement. They empower, build aspiration and are a gateway to an expanding menu of opportunities including university, college and employment. Education is key to unlocking our young people’s potential. Volunteers are supported every step of the way as you guide your young person onto a positive pathway. You’ll have the opportunity to develop your own skills and expertise. Empathising with the challenges your young person faces and positively influencing them to focus on discovering their talents. Helping them achieve this is a hugely rewarding experience.
What Impact Does Mentoring Have?
Our aim is to transform the opportunities afforded to our young people. Helping them release and explore their potential. Boosting their life prospects. The Young Glasgow Talent mentoring programme by MCR Pathways does this. Guaranteeing these young people the increased support they both require and utterly deserve. Our impact on attainment, achievement and post-school destinations has been absolutely conclusive.
Results have been exceptional with ‘return to school rates’ for over 16s increasing from 4%in 2007 to 67% by 2014.
The number of young people going on to further and higher education rose from 19% to 63% in 2014.
2015 ‘return to school’ rates for mentored young people reached 79% compared to non-mentored at 27% and a national average of 15%.
73% of MCR leavers went onto further and higher education compared to the 45% national figure.
Relationships are the foundation on which a young person builds their confidence, talents and potential.
Care experienced young people have great potential, they often struggle to thrive due to instability in their personal lives.
The success of the programme has been recognised by Glasgow City Council. In August of 2016, the Council signed a Public and Social Partnership (PSP) Agreement with MCR Pathways. One of the biggest ever signed in the country, it means the mentoring programme will be embedded across all 30 of the city’s schools by 2019.
"The project is making an incredible difference to the lives of some of our most disadvantaged young people. It is helping to close the attainment gap in Glasgow and tackle some of our well documented social challenges. This is a large commitment… to raise the attainment, aspirations and the life chances of these young people," Frank McAveety, Leader of Glasgow City Council.
What Will I Get Out Of Mentoring?
Mentors are supported by the MCR Pathways team as they become a part of the Young Glasgow Talent programme, guiding our young people onto positive pathways.
The relationship between mentor and young person is a phenomenal one. You’ll enjoy a life-changing experience as you guide, support and encourage a truly deserving young person to a positive path.
“The experience has given me a greater insight into the problems some young people face in meeting their full potential and a desire to help them along that journey,” Alan MacDonald, MCR mentor.
“I was keen to use some of my spare time in a positive manner. This programme provides that opportunity in a very interesting and motivating way. My young person has had a very tough time of it in the past year. However, it always amazes me that he is so socially and emotionally aware of what is going on around him. He has really grown up in the past year and knows how his behaviour can affect other people”. Craig Menzies, YGT Mentor
Ready to take the next step? We’ll be with you all the way as you begin your volunteer mentoring journey with MCR Pathways:
The first step of your life-changing journey is to Register. Completing the form will take 10-15 minutes. This information allows us to best match each mentor with each of our young people. Matches are determined on both mentor and mentee interests, aspirations and achievements.
Following registration, you will be invited to an Information Session. A member of the MCR Pathways Central Team will take you through the programme in more detail and you'll meet more of the Team and other fantastic volunteers that are ready to change the lives of a young person!
After this you’ll take part in a 1:1 Interview. This will help us understand more about you and why you're keen to support the programme. It’s the perfect time for you to talk about your own life, education and work. Building on the information you provided when registering, this will help us make an inspired match between our mentors and young people.
There's then a Training Session. Here, group exercises will explore perceptions of people and team building. Our child protection training is as much about keeping you protected as well as your mentee.
On receipt of your approved PVG, the registration and training process will be complete.
We have a Pathways Coordinator in each of our schools who will always be there for you. They already have brilliant relationships with all of the YGT young people in their school. They’ll select you as the perfect match for their young person!
They'll be there as you meet your young person for the first time and they’re available any time you or your young person has any questions.
Ongoing training will be available, to ensure the most effective and efficient use of fantastic resources such as My World of Work and Focus Point. These tools will enhance knowledge of the wealth of pathways available to our young people for them to achieve their very best future outcomes. And you are the perfect person to explore these opportunities with them!
Our online mentor community will continue to share experiences, learning and knowledge throughout the year. There to support all of our mentors, along with the full MCR team!
Is there a YGT School Near Me?
Our YGT programme is currently delivered in 15 secondary schools across Glasgow. Over the next two to three years we’ll be expanding to change the lives of young people across every school in the city. If there's a specific school/area that works well for your home/work location, you can let us know in the interview and we'll accommodate such requirements.
Would you like to discuss mentoring further with a member of the MCR Pathways team? Call our office on 0141 221 6642.
I Want To Get Involved! Where Do I Sign Up?
Thank you so much for your support! Together, we will change the life chances of so many disadvantaged young Glaswegians.
THIS FORM will take 10-15 minutes. We’ll use this information to learn more about you. This will help us match a young person perfectly with your life experience, education and work. Every personality in Glasgow will provide phenomenal benefit to a very deserving young person.
After you’ve registered, as outlined in The Process page, we’ll be in touch with various dates you can select from to join us for an Information Session.
Thank you so much again for your support. We can’t wait to welcome you to our phenomenal mentor community!