Young Person's Progress to Higher Education
"I was told at my induction that my young person struggles with stress and anxiety. I therefore tried to build a relationship by keeping her calm and relaxed."
Michael Roberts, mentor of YGT leaver at universityGlasgow's most disadvantaged young people are five times more likely to leave school aged 16 or earlier
"I wasn't too sure about having a mentor at first which is why I took so long to bring my forms back to school. But my school’s YGT Pathways Coordinator kept trying. I'm glad I got involved now."
Divine, YGT Leaver at University of DundeeLittle over 2% of care experienced young people go on to higher education
"My mentor supported me each step of the way, taking me on countless visits to the University of Strathclyde to see my end goal of being a university student"
Pamela, YGT leaver now at College working towards UniversityThese relationships are the foundation on which a young person builds their confidence, talents and potential
"The biggest difference for me in working with my mentor is I’ve been more decisive with what exactly I want to do and what I’m going to do to achieve it. Having a mentor makes it easier to understand exactly what you want to do, and it helps you set goals for the future"
Stephanie, YGT Leaver now at the University of DundeeCare experienced young people have great potential, they often struggle to thrive due to instability in their personal lives
"There wasn’t really a specific moment when I realised I was an important person to my mentee, except when the school’s YGT Pathways Coordinator told me that my young person had been bursting to give me the news of her university offers!"
Douglas Forbes, YGT Mentor of Leaver at UniversityOver 1500 mentors are needed to help support the city’s care experienced young people
"It's crucial to spread the word about the support we can offer care experienced young people! We hope that by working with MCR Pathways, more young people can make informed choices about their futures, as well as finding out about the support to help gain a place at university and succeed once there"
Rachel Hyslop, Glasgow Caledonian University66% of mentored young people went to college or university, compared to 19% before mentoring
"I think that Scott was bright enough to realise that I could help him, and was willing to accept that help. I realise that this sounds arrogant on my part but I simply mean that Scott was a very willing participant in the programme. I was really keen for Scott to put himself before others and for him to realise that he was worth spending time on. I enjoyed being able to pass on my knowledge of education to Scott, and to be able to offer him practical guidance on how best to achieve his goals"
Sarah Curran, YGT Mentor of Leaver at UniversityGlasgow City Council will embed MCR Pathway's Mentoring Programme across all of the city's schools by 2018
"What most excites me about this new experience is being independent. It’s been really fun. My mentor was a great help she gave great advice"
Scott, YGT Leaver now at the University of GlasgowMentors encourage confidence. Helping young people focus on achieving their talents and seeing new horizons open