Mentoring charity helps Glasgow care-experienced youngsters in record numbers

Originally published by GlasgowLive

By Craig Williams

A mentoring charity has shown the positive impact it is having in Glasgow as record numbers of care-experienced young people progress to college, university and full-time work in the city.

MCR Pathways, which provides in-school mentors to support young people in or around the care system on a weekly basis, has illustrated the figures as part of its annual academic report.

Within its report, the transformational outcomes it has achieved in the last three years include a 40% increase in care-experienced, mentored young people attaining Level 4 literacy and numeracy levels and a jump from 22% to 79% returning to school after fourth year.
Over the course of 2017 and 2018, MCR Pathways has doubled the number of young people it supports each week in Glasgow to over 1, 300 across all 30 secondary schools within the City Council area.

Impact Report

MCR Pathways Founder Iain MacRitchie and Glasgow City Council Chief Executive Annemarie O’Donnell

MCR Pathways founder Iain MacRitchie said: “I am completely blown away by the results of our latest impact report and the astonishing progress that our young people have made over the last year.

“Our young people are engaging, achieving, attaining and going on to positive destinations in record numbers.”

Maureen McKenna, Executive Director of Education, Glasgow City Council, said: “Every young person in Glasgow has talent. This programme is identifying, nurturing and encouraging that talent in the young people whom might need an extra bit of support or nudge to believe in themselves – for a variety of different reasons.

You can download the full report here and for more information about the work of MCR Pathways including how to volunteer as a mentor, here.

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