Young Person's Progress to Further Education
"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, mentor of YGT leaverOver half of Glasgow’s young people live in the most deprived 20% of Scotland
"The experience has given me an insight into the problems some young people face in meeting their full potential"
Alan MacDonald, Mentor of YGT LeaverCare experienced young people are up to four times more likely to be unemployed
"I used to wander a lot. This gave me somewhere to go and someone to talk to every week. Mentors are different from teachers because they haven't taught you before so they don't judge you based on what you are like in class. I felt like I could tell her anything and she'd have good advice for me"
Lauren, YGT Leaver at CollegeThough more than capable, over 80% of young people in care leave school on or before they are 16.
"She has had a lot of changes in her life and has been through things most adults would struggle with. She hadn't attended school for a long period of time. When she came back, she visited the School’s Pathways Coordinator to ask if she could still meet with me. This meant to me that even if things did go off the rails for her, she knew she had me whenever she needed me"
Deeanne McLaren, Mentor of YGT Leaver to CollegeMentors volunteer one hour every week. These relationships are the building blocks on which a young person explores their talent and potential
"I always wanted to study accountancy but everyone kept telling me I would hate it and I shouldn't apply for it. My mentor helped me decide to do it and that I shouldn't listen to other people if that's what I really want to do. I'm glad I went for it and got accepted!"
Lauren YGT Leaver to CollegeMentors encourage and motivate young people through education. Mentored young people have a much higher school attendance rate
"My mentor helped get me into college and helped me to do things that the school wouldn't be able to help me with, like attending open days"
Marc YGT Leaver to CollegeMCR Pathways’ mentoring programme currently runs in 15 Glasgow Secondary Schools, soon expanding to 30
"Throughout the year I just really wanted to leave school but my mentor Jim and Mrs McManus kept me going and gave me loads of advice. Jim talked to me about lots of options and one which we discussed was teaching. I decided to go down that route, so now I am going to college to study drama with the hope of progressing to Uni to become a Drama Teacher"
Megan YGT Leaver to CollegeThere are over 1500 care experienced young people in the city's secondary schools
"I feel my confidence has changed. The way I think is different. I was so shy back then. Last year I wouldn't have been able to do what I've been doing now, going out and talking to new people"
Simone YGT Leaver to CollegeMentors support and guide their young person to a positive destination