Inspiring500 is an ambitious partnership between Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, The Herald and MCR Pathways which aims to register 500 mentors from businesses to support the MCR Pathways programme across Glasgow’s schools over the next two years. The partnership brings together what is at the very heart of what makes Glasgow special, its people.

Established in 1783, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business in Glasgow. Our focus is to support our members and champion Glasgow.

Earlier this year our members published 13 employer-led recommendations to improve youth employment. Recommendation 7 called for a co-ordinated mentoring scheme which created a bank of business mentors. When we heard about MCR Pathways it was a perfect fit.

MCR is a fantastically designed and delivered programme and this is a perfect opportunity for Glasgow Chamber to become involved. Iain MacRitchie has an ambitious target of finding a mentor for every disadvantaged young person in Glasgow.

We are delighted to be working in partnership with The Herald and MCR Pathways and are confident that through our exceptional links with the business community that we can inspire the next 500 business mentors to sign up to this life-changing programme

At the beginning of 2014 The Herald joined forces with MCR Pathways, a decision driven by the vision we share with Iain MacRitchie that every young person should have the opportunity to develop their talents and realise their full potential. Since then we have publicised and promoted the drive for people to become MCR Pathways mentors to support some of Glasgow’s most disadvantaged young people and help them aim for higher or further education, employment and life-changing careers.

The MCR Pathways team has an inspired and inspiring vision so I am delighted that we are both now joining forces with Glasgow Chamber of Commerce to launch Inspiring500.

I am confident that this new partnership can build on the success of the Inspiring City Awards, which we run in partnership with Glasgow Chamber and find hundreds more volunteers for this fantastic programme.

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MCR Pathways engage and inspire young people who have been disadvantaged through no fault of their own to receive the encouragement, care and skills they need and deserve to realise their full potential. 85% of young people in care currently leave school on or before their 16th birthday, inevitably resulting in more limited further and higher education opportunities and job prospects. We believe that it does not have to be like this.

Through the simple but profound impact of having a mentor, a young person can be actively supported to achieve all they are capable of. Now proven as a successful model in the east end of Glasgow across six schools, the project is being scaled up to 10 schools before expanding citywide. Inspiring500 will provide the mentors required to meet the needs of young people now and support their positive progression through education and eventually into the world of work.

Why Become Involved?

MCR Pathways is an established mentoring programme, aimed at helping the most disadvantaged young people in the city reach their full potential while still at school.

An hour a week, plus travelling time, a willingness to be a listening ear and put a young person first are the only skills that are needed to help turn someone’s life around. All necessary training and support will be provided.

Why become involved?

  • Enhance Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
  • Add to your employee’s Continued Professional Development (CPD)
  • Growing body of evidence indicates that mentors get just as much, if not more, out of the experience as the young people do
  • Support the youth opportunities agenda in the city and help disadvantaged young people move into positive, sustainable destinations
  • Supported and publicised Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and The Herald publications

Individual/Business Commitment:

  • One hour a week plus travel time. Depending on the progress of the mentee and their relationship with the mentor it may be possible to reduce this to one hour a fortnight after approximately three months.
  • A minimum commitment of one school year, ideally two years.
  • The MCR team will offer on-going support