MCR Pathways, Building Bridges with Motivation,
Commitment & Resilience since 2007.
Who are MCR Pathways?
MCR Pathways was established in 2007 when social entrepreneur Iain MacRitchie identified the need to support young people in Glasgow, disadvantaged through no fault of their own, to fulfil their true potential.
Our journey began in one east end Glasgow school, Saint Andrew’s. Developed over 5 years and with clear evidence of the life changing results, MCR’s Young Glasgow Talent programme now actively supports over 700 young people aged between 12 and 18 across 15 schools in the city.
By January 2018, our programme will be embedded in every secondary across Glasgow, with plans to use this model as a blueprint across Scotland and the UK.
How Do We Help?
MCR Pathways focuses specifically on supporting looked after young people via our mentoring programme, with emphasis on three pathways: re-engagement in education, working towards further education and vocational training.
MCR recruits, trains and supports high quality volunteer mentors who meet their young person weekly for a minimum of a year. Building relationships, confidence and self-esteem are the prerequisite to helping our young people to find, grow and use their talents. Subsequent pathways and career ‘Talent Tasters’ help effective school transitions to Higher Education, Further Education, employment and re-engage those disillusioned as a result of their often challenging circumstances. Results over the 9 years have been exceptional with post 16 return to school rates in the first school increasing from 4% to 60% for mentored young people in 2016 and, critically, the number of care experienced young people going on to further and higher education from 19% to 86% in 2016. With employment included it was a 100% positive destinations in the purest measure, which MCR uses.
Who Do We Support?
At MCR, we know that there is amazing potential and talent in our young people. Varied, unique and inspiring in every single one. But for many, that potential has yet to be discovered. Life experience has knocked the confidence out of some, firmly locking away those seeds of flair and hope. It is our aim to uncover, nurture, develop and help to realise the skills and capabilities in looked after young people. We know that each person has a specific set of abilities and passions and we want to see them flourish. We support looked after young people practically. Guiding them on pathways to education, employment and fulfilling lives.
In Glasgow, our most disadvantaged young people are five times more likely to leave school aged 16 or earlier and less than half progress to a job, college or university place. It is a shocking situation but one that we can and will change across the city and across the country. It is no surprise that while care experienced young people have great potential, they struggle to thrive due to instability in their personal lives. They often don’t have positive adult role models to build aspirations or access to social networks that can introduce them to the workplace.
What Is The Future For Us, Our Mentors and Our Young People?
With a commitment to be in all schools across Glasgow by January 2018, MCR Pathways also has a national ambition with additional schools in Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen and Dundee.
Our Young Glasgow Talent programme is a pioneering partnership of the MCR Foundation and Glasgow City Council dedicated to closing the attainment gap and a radical improvement in positive post school destinations. The MCR Pathways’ vision is that disadvantaged young people will have the same educational outcomes, career opportunities and life chances as any other young person.