Young Glasgow Talent are here to help you find, grow and use your talents. We do this by matching you with a committed mentor, who will be there for you just because they care. They will listen to you, support you and help you. They can help you figure out what you want from your future and the best way to get there. YGT can also provide you with Talent Tasters – a way to try out different experiences of universities, colleges and jobs, to see what suits you. All you have to do is say “yes”!
Life is full of choices – some are simple, others a bit more difficult. Your mentor will help you make choices about your future and at a time in your life when you may need it most. With support and encouragement you can achieve amazing things. Your mentor will be understanding, dedicated and a person that you can trust. This is a fantastic opportunity that will help you open doors to an exciting your future and give you the confidence to achieve what you want to.
“What is mentoring?”
A mentor is a reliable person who listens and is there just for you. This isn’t their job, they’re doing it because they care and want to help you find your talents, build your confidence and figure out how you can be the best you can be.
You might want a mentor so you can have someone who is committed, understanding and who you can trust. You can talk to them about any worries inside or outside of school. Together you’ll figure out what the best path for you is and get you feeling confident and ready for your future.
You’ll also get the option of going on some of our Talent Tasters. Pick from a menu of different organisations and career choices, go along for a visit and see if you like it. If you do, you can go back for more, and if you don’t, you can choose something else. With the help from your mentor and the amazing experience of Talent Tasters you’ll be ready to choose from our three pathways of college, university and employment.
“How do I get a mentor?”
If your school is already part of YGT then it will have a Pathways Coordinator. You might have seen them around. If not, just ask another member of staff where you can find them. They will chat to you about it, tell you more about YGT and, if you decide you would like a mentor, they will help match you with someone based on your personalities and interests. Feel free to talk to them about anything to do with YGT.
“It’s a once in a lifetime experience because you’re not going to get this anywhere else.”
“She told me she believed in me and no matter what, I could go out there and do it. At one point, I had no confidence. Now I feel like I can do anything. I’m now at University, something I never thought I could achieve. I now want more.”
Drumchapel High School is a comprehensive non-denominational school serving the community of Drumchapel situated in the west of Glasgow. Drumchapel has undergone, and continues to undergo, major regeneration and is in an ideal position to be at the heart of this regeneration process. As part of the rebuilding of the community Drumchapel High School moved into a purpose built new school about five years ago, with space for 850 pupils.
Drumchapel High School welcomes young people from first year through to sixth year, regardless of ability, ethnicity or religious belief. They offer a full curriculum with presentation at all levels and are also developing strong links with local colleges.
Eastbank Academy is a non-denominational secondary school in the East End of Glasow. They are particularly proud of their young people and their long history of effective partnerships which have been focused on improving their students chances of success. They have been a fantastic supporter of MCR Pathways in their school. They “hope that young people leave school with strong transferable skills and a resilience which will stand them in good stead for some of the challenges that lie ahead.”
Knightswood Secondary School
Knightswood Secondary School is located in the West End of Glasgow, one of the City’s largest Secondarys with a roll of approximately 1300 pupils and 100 teaching staff. We are co-educational, non-selective and non-denominational, educating pupils of all abilities, cultures and social backgrounds. The school works alongside its associated Early Years establishments and the Primary Schools of Knightswood, Blairdardie, Bankhead, Garscadden, Scotstoun and Yoker.
Everything we are trying to achieve is underpinned and sustained by our values which are
A unique feature of the school is that we are the home of the National Dance School of Scotland which provides specialist tuition for some of the country’s most gifted young dancers and musical theatre performers. These youngsters follow the School curriculum and take a full and active part in School life in addition to the specialist training they receive.
Knightswood Secondary wanted to imbed the MCR Pathways programme into the school to target our most vulnerable learners so that they will see their confidence, self-esteem and with time their aspirations grow. It is hoped that the young people involved in the programme will make a positive transition from school to Employment, Further Education or Higher Education.
MCR Pathways will enhance our mentoring and Duke of Edinburgh programmes which run in our Senior Phase and bring these high quality experiences to appropriate young people in the Broad General Education. Having a dedicated Pathway Coordinator in school will have a positive impact in the engagement and progress of the targeted pupils.
Lochend Community High is a non-denominational school located in Easterhouse in the North East of Glasgow. Despite the challenges of working in an area of regeneration their young people have aspirations to be the best that they can be and work together with their committed staff and our Pathways Coordinators to secure their future and career pathways. For those under risk of missing out, Young Glasgow Talent has proven to be a key component in building aspirations and gaining higher achievement. Lochend Community High has proven to be extremely committed to the mentoring programme in place.
Lourdes Secondary is a comprehensive school in the Southside of Glasgow and serves the communities of Cardonald, Crookston, Govan, Hillington and Penilee. Lourdes Secondary is an inclusive Catholic community of faith and learning, rich in our diversity and offering a climate of high expectations and aspirations for all. The young people in Lourdes Secondary are encouraged to aspire to the faith ideals of love for God and for people to enrich their community.
Lourdes Secondary has recently joined the MCR Pathway programme. Working in partnership with the staff in Lourdes and parents/carers the school is enthusiastic that the young people’s participation in the MCR Pathway programme will set them on the pathway to a brighter more successful future.
St Andrews is a denominational Secondary School in Glasgow’s East End. They are committed to their Vision of Excellence for 2017 which means “achieving the highest levels of attainment and achievement for every individual young person and improve the lives and life chances of all our young people”. They are driven to provide the best possible outcome for our students to make sure they excel way beyond expectations. We have been in partnership with them for over 7 years and their dedication and support has given our mentoring programme the space to thrive.
St Mungo’s Academy is a denominational, co-educational, comprehensive, secondary school located in Bridgeton, Glasgow. 800 young people attend the school in the city’s east end. The school holds very strong values at the heart of everything it does. It’s a place where staff and young people: “Welcome everyone and no one is alone; treat everyone with care, compassion and consideration; always encourage hope in each other; recognise the dignity of each individual person; and practice justice, forgiveness and peace.” The school’s ethos is to recognise the voice of every single person. It’s focused on developing and maintaining strong relationships with parents/carers “as the first educators of their children”. The school values every member of the institution – staff, parents/carers and young people – learning from each other.
St Paul’s is a denominational High School located in Pollock in the south of the city. Over 700 pupils attend the school. Its ethos is built on the values of promotion of self belief, equality and the rewarding of success. The young people attending are all truly valued and cared for. “Aiming High for Young People” is the school’s motto. Every member of staff is totally dedicated to improving the life chances of every young person in the school. St Paul’s is one of the more recent schools to join the MCR Pathways Young Glasgow Talent programme. Their support has been tremendous and we’re extremely excited to be working further with the school’s staff, pupils and parents and carers.
St Rochs is a denominational Secondary school serving the North of Glasgow and has a school population that truly reflects the cultural and ethnic diversity of Glasgow. They “believe in the development of the individual as a whole person, spiritual, as well as physical, emotional and intellectual”. This belief shines through as they have utilised Young Glasgow Talent to a great extent and contributed to the emotional, spiritual and intellectual well being of their students.
Smithycroft Secondary School is an inclusive non-denominational school in the East End of Glasgow. At the heart of all their activities is a desire to ensure that all their young people have equality of opportunity to achieve their very best. Their ethos encourages them to attain the best qualifications they can; to achieve success in a wide range of activities and experiences; and to aspire to be the very best in all that they do.
Springburn Academy is a six year co-educational and non-denominational secondary school situated just to the north east of the centre of Glasgow. The school serves a rich mix of communities and takes pupils from Springburn, Possilpark, Milton, Balornock, Barmulloch, Sighthill and surrounding areas.
The school currently has about 800 pupils with about 12% of pupils who can speak another language(s) in addition to English. Springburn Academy provides a broad and balanced curriculum leading to a full range of SQA qualifications and wider achievements. The school’s aim is to provide a welcoming and friendly environment to ensure that all pupils are successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors who are prepared to take their place in society. The school’s involvement in the MCR Pathways project is greatly appreciated by the pupils and their parents/guardians and has helped to ensure that the young people have a positive destination when they leave school.
If we’re not in your school yet then don’t fret. We’ll be there sooner than you can say Young Glasgow Talent!
Hundreds of young people across Glasgow are already meeting with a mentor on a regular basis.
Hear what they and some of our mentors have to say about it.
“It’s good to have someone that can talk to me on my level. It’s the first time I have trusted an adult in a long time.”
“I have someone who has experience that they can pass on to me for my future life, he’s made a big difference. I was worried he would be in my class helping me but it’s just us. He is teaching me lots about how kitchens and restaurants run. I am thinking about more than just a chef now, also a food technician. I didn’t even know what that was before.”
15 year old at Springburn Academy
“My mentor has made a huge difference for me. He gave me several prospectuses from colleges and universities to help me find a suitable course for when I leave school. He also helped me a lot with maths, he provided several past papers and youtube links in order to help me study for my exam, I feel like I did a lot better in the exam because of him”
17 year old at St Rochs
“There were many times where I felt like just leaving due to conflicts in my personal life. Having the support of a dedicated person convinced me to stay on and sit my exams after almost leaving 2-3 months before. I’m more active in my approach with what I want to do because with a little push from people I was able to actually get somewhere. All it took was a bit of a shove in the right direction and someone like my mentor to take an interest in me to go from potentially nothing to now attending college and having a job. A lot of opportunities opened up for me through this kind of help and I’m glad I was given it and I struggle to think where I would be without it.”
“It feels good to have a mentor. It’s good to have someone to talk to about normal things as well as school things. It’s made me a lot more confident in meeting new people, and a lot more confident about the future.”