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World of Art Opened to YGT Young People

Wednesday, 15th Mar 2017
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World of Art Opened to YGT Young People

Young Glasgow Talent by MCR Pathways recognises that education is the bridge to connect opportunity with talent. We’re determined to see every single young person in Glasgow access that life-changing opportunity. Regardless of their situation or background.

As well as providing a volunteer mentor, MCR Pathways is doing so much more for the city’s care experienced and disadvantaged young people. From Talent Tasters to Arts and Cultural Tasters, we’re ensuring they get to experience and be inspired by the world of work. That they’re engaged with activities that will develop their creative skills and confidence.


The YGT Arts Hub project, in partnership with Glasgow Life and our Creative Partners, has developed bespoke opportunities that will support our young people to develop both their knowledge and confidence, while opening up a whole new world of opportunity. Ensuring that our most disadvantaged young people are supported to fully participate in the cultural and creative life of Glasgow.

Our latest Arts programme has included four weeks of creative workshops delivered by our amazing creative partners Scottish Opera, Scottish Youth Theatre, Tramway (Glasgow Life), Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Glasgow School of Art. The bespoke workshops took place within 10 of our schools and covered music, drama and visual art. Allowing our young people to experience high quality, creative activity.

The commitment from our creative partners to ensure that the workshops were accessible and engaging resulted in some quite stunning and innovative creative workshops. All of the artists involved were amazing, getting our S1 and S2 young people fully engaged in the creativity. All the young people involved had a great time and are thirsty for more!!

As cultural enrichment activities both improve attainment and ensure prosocial outcomes, it’s vital that our young people, who are all too often left behind when such events are opened, get to take part.

The programme’s workshops are an introduction to specific art forms for our young people who have had little or no access to the arts. Starting with developing their knowledge and understanding of the creative industries sector, then looking at the amazing impact the arts can have for finding their talents, and using it for their future career!

“Our young people enjoyed every minute of the Scottish Youth Theatre sessions” Pathways Coordinator, Lochend High School.

“Young people really engaged with the Scottish Opera sessions, having them in the school made a huge difference. It shows if they are in a comfortable environment they will really thrive!” Pathways Coordinator, Saint Andrew’s Secondary.

“Elizabeth (Smithycroft Secondary’s Pathways Coordinator) has been taken back by the confidence portrayed by all the group members. Those that usually have been shy in her sessions have opened up to this type of work” Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Facilitator.

“The favourite activity was the blind drawing as it allowed the young people to unlock their inner artist” Glasgow School of Art facilitator.

We have so many more inspiring young people signing up for MCR Pathway’s help and to become a part of Young Glasgow Talent. They need mentors to make a huge difference to their confidence, educational outcomes and future life chances. Can you help them? Find out more about becoming a mentor.

Can your organisation help? To become involved in our Talent Taster programme, alongside our partners such as City Building, The Herald and Wheatley Group, get involved.

Help us spread the word by letting your friends and family know how hugely rewarding mentoring can be!

MCR Founder Presented With Coveted St Mungo Award

Friday, 10th Mar 2017
Category: Herald Campaign

MCR Founder Presented With Coveted St Mungo Award

“As a Glaswegian it is inspiring and humbling for our work to be recognised with the St Mungo Award. Everything I have achieved has been with and through an exceptional team of committed people. People make Glasgow and with more than 1,300 volunteers registered and 400 mentors, MCR Pathways is a fantastic example of this in action.”

From being announced in December, MCR Pathways founder, Iain MacRitchie, was last night presented with the iconic St Mungo prize in Glasgow’s City Chambers.

In recognition of his commitment to improving the lives of young Glaswegians through his Young Glasgow Talent mentoring programme, he joins esteemed company. Previous recipients of the award include Sir William Burrell, Sir Alexander Gibson, Lord MacFarlane of Bearsden and Sir John Arbuthnott.

“I am very motivated to fully represent the values and ethos of this award and our great city. Glasgow has world class opportunities and we are very determined to ensure that every disadvantaged young person has equal if not greater access to them to realise their potential.”

Our young people will be determined by their talents and never by their circumstances. MCR Mentors and Talent Taster experiences bridge talent with opportunity and transform outcomes.

Glasgow City Council’s commitment of 10% of the workforce to become MCR mentors as part of the normal working week is pioneering and exceptional. I would urge every organisation to get involved and benefit from helping reach every young person who needs the support to find, grow and use their talents.

Anyone can become an MCR mentor. All you need to do is build a positive relationship with a young person, we will take care of the rest. You will get as much if not more out of a deeply fulfilling and transforming experience”

The Lord Provost presented Iain with the award on 9th March: “ Dr MacRitchie is an inspirational individual committed to giving back to this city. His highly regarded mentoring programme MCR Pathways for young people has received many accolades and the city council is proud to be part of its success, raising the aspirations of all our care experienced and disadvantaged children.

He is living proof that people make Glasgow and really do make a difference every day. Everyone who has encountered Iain cannot fail to be impressed and humbled by his enthusiasm, positivity, practicality and bold ambition for our young people who are seeking guidance as they navigate a complicated adult world.

Glasgow is fortunate to have such a high achiever with such a caring and philanthropic attitude. I’m sure everyone will agree he is a deserving recipient of this honour.”

Paul Hearn, Head of Trustee Services at Glasgow’s Mazars accountancy company, overseeing the St Mungo Prize nomination process said: “My firm is extremely proud of its association, as secretaries, to the Trust and looks forward to continuing that collaboration as the prize goes from strength to strength in the years to come.”

Can you help? Our city’s young people desperately need a mentor to make a huge difference to their confidence, educational outcomes and future life chances. You’ll guide disadvantaged, but utterly deserving and ambitious, young people through their education. Find out more about Becoming A Mentor.

Can your organisation help? To become involved in our Talent Taster programme, alongside our partners such as Glasgow Life and The Herald, simply GET INVOLVED! We can’t wait to work with you to offer our city’s most disadvantaged a gateway to an expanding menu of opportunities and tasters of university, college and employment.

We’re always looking for new mentors to reach all the young people coming on board with the programme. Help us spread the word by letting your friends and family know how worthwhile mentoring can be using the ‘share’ buttons below!

Meet MCR’s Amazing Mentors!

Friday, 24th Feb 2017
Category: General

Meet MCR’s Amazing Mentors!

“At our third meeting, there was a light bulb moment. I realised my young person was more relaxed and opened up about his own life. I didn’t say a lot. I just listened, and that was obviously what he needed on that day”

MCR Pathways is completely dedicated and motivated to ensuring every single care experienced and disadvantaged young person is afforded the same educational opportunities and support as their peers.

#HelpingHands is the our latest campaign. As we share the incredible stories of our volunteer mentors, young people and partners, we want to inspire 1000 more Glaswegians to get involved. To offer your helping hand!

The only qualification you need is to want to help a young person. To offer a listening, supportive ear. MCR will provide everything else that young person needs. There are 1356 young Glaswegians who will benefit phenomenally by someone simply being there for them.


Meet Barbie. Barbie made an incredible commitment over the summer. To offer a helping hand and support a Young Glasgow Talent by MCR Pathways young person. To commit one hour, every week, to support her young person through their S3 and S4 secondary school years.

With her encouragement, her young person will see opportunities open up for a brighter future.

Barbie has been given outstanding support from her employer, Glasgow Kelvin College, as she makes this incredible difference to an extremely deserving young person.

Hear her story. Learn about her experiences as a mentor so far; what she puts into the relationship, as well as everything she takes from this opportunity as well.

Watch Barbie’s Interview

We have so many more inspiring young people signing up for MCR Pathway’s help and to become part of Young Glasgow Talent. They need mentors like Barbie to make a huge difference to their confidence, educational outcomes and future life chances. Can you help them? Find out more about becoming a mentor.

Can your organisation help? To become involved in our Talent Taster programme, alongside our partners such as City Building, The Herald and Wheatley Group, get involved.

Help us spread the word by letting your friends and family know how hugely rewarding mentoring can be!

Re-engaging the City’s Disaffected Young People

Wednesday, 15th Feb 2017
Category: General

Re-engaging the City’s Disaffected Young People

Throughout our #HelpingHands campaign, we’ve met the amazing Young Glasgow Talent by MCR Pathways mentors who volunteer their time and go above and beyond. We’ve heard from our brilliant schools and of course, we’ve heard from the YGT young people who continue to inspire us. Some of the situations they can face are incredibly challenging, yet given the support and encouragement, they absolutely fly.

Today, we’ll share Angela’s story. Angela works in MCR Pathway’s Mentee Services, supporting all young people. Including those who have left school and now at college or university. She works with YGT’s young Ambassadors who represent their secondary school peers and keep the MCR team focused on what matters. She also works with young people who are at risk of disengaging from school. Education is the bridge to connect talent with opportunity. The MCR team is determined to ensure every young person accesses that opportunity and is supported to be all that they can be.

Angela works in our expanding range of partnerships with other organisations and their brilliant programmes. This includes Young Firefighters and Young Movers, who both inspire and emphasise the amazing opportunities that exist and are accessed through education.

“I’m Angela. My role at MCR is to develop the services we offer our young people. I’m currently piloting a programme that we’ve developed for S3 young people. This involves helping our most vulnerable youngsters who face so many issues and barriers. I’m really motivated to help improve their life chances by getting them back into education. What we do really works.
This programme introduces them to an informal educational environment where we can help them build their confidence, self esteem and social skills. Here, they will also develop skills such as team-building and problem solving through various group work activities.
We work with a range of organisations, such as the Fire Reach Programme to provide the right environment and engaging activities. Delivered by firefighters, it’s designed with Youth Engagement in mind. The young people meet with the firefighters two days per week for three weeks. In addition to learning about fire hazards around the house, taking part in fire drills and fire fighter training, our young people are helped and encouraged to develop various skills including teamwork, problem solving, leadership and communication.
The young people worked really well on their first week. As something they had never experienced before, they were a bit sceptical and maybe a bit scared of taking part. However, once they completed the first task they couldn’t wait to do more, with one young person saying “I am going to be boasting about this all day!
The Firefighters are incredibly supportive and quick build fantastic relationships with the young people.
Other organisations who support our disengaged young people include Tennents, Impact Arts and Glasgow Kelvin College. At the end of each programme, our young people are awarded certificates for their hard work. We then work to get them back into mainstream education, to help them achieve their ambitions. The group I’m currently working with have amazing aspirations and want to work in everything from football, to physiotherapy, to community development.
We get all sorts of young people involved. One young man had a 0% attendance at school since August, down from 18% last year. On day 2 of being on this programme, he told me “I want to work with MCR Pathways!” I had the time to sit down with him and talk about his aspirations. He talked about how much he enjoys looking after people and by working with him further, he’s determined to have a career in community development and is now motivated to go to college to study.

“I love my job and I’m really motivated to ensure young people have the opportunity to reach their full potential.”

We have so many more inspiring young people signing up for MCR Pathway’s help and to become part of Young Glasgow Talent. They need mentors to make a huge difference to their confidence, educational outcomes and future life chances. Can you help them? Find out more about becoming a mentor.

Can your organisation help? To become involved in our Talent Taster programme, alongside our partners such as City Building, The Herald and Wheatley Group, get involved.

Help us spread the word by letting your friends and family know how hugely rewarding mentoring can be!

YGT Young People Work to the Future at the Science Centre!

Friday, 10th Feb 2017
Category: General

YGT Young People Work to the Future at the Science Centre!

Young Glasgow Talent by MCR Pathways is all about encouraging and supporting disadvantaged young people to find, grow and use their talents and skills.

Over the last month, our young people with great potential and interest in STEM subjects (Science Technology Engineering Maths) have had an amazing time at the Glasgow Science Centre. Exploring the subjects and careers that await our inspiring youngsters.


As well as mentoring the young people in our city who need the vital benefits that having a volunteer mentor offers, MCR Pathways works with other amazing Glasgow organisations. To open the doors of every conceivable industry and to spark vital aspirations in secondary school pupils.

Thanks to the city’s Science Centre, YGT’s Glasgow schools have been exploring the STEM subjects and enjoying phenomenal hands-on experiences. Young people have been looking at the worlds of work that lie ahead and seeing how science impacts their every-day lives. All throughout December and January.

In groups of around 20 pupils, S1 and S2 young people were getting stuck into everything from Cryptography to DNA Extraction. With cryptography, they were super-secret spies for the day. Cracking codes and learning more about encryption. Pupils had an amazing insight into jobs in cyber security by encrypting and decrypting information using both basic and sophisticated methods. The DNA workshop allowed our pupils to extract and observe two strands of their own DNA using specialised lab equipment. Seeing up close what it looked like and learning more from the incredible Science Centre team.

Using the My World of Work resource, their personalities traits and interests were explored in relation to careers. Many of the young people hadn’t heard of the jobs they were uncovering, so whole new sparks of ambition were being ignited. While the route to achieving them was considered further on the day.

They also had the opportunity to then explore the Glasgow Science Centre. Taking in some of the amazing science and technology gadgets and gizmos on offer.

Glasgow City Council recognises STEM subjects as integral to most of the key sectors for Glasgow’s economy. Supporting and encouraging pupils now, will mean they’ll be well equipped for these growth areas in the future.

Huge thanks to the Glasgow Science Centre for inspiring 188 YGT young people over the last few weeks. They’ve returned to school excited by their new adventures, ready to work hard towards the new opportunities that have opened up.

We have so many more inspiring young people signing up for MCR Pathway’s help. They need mentors to make a huge difference to their confidence, educational outcomes and future life chances. Can you help them? Find out more about becoming a mentor.

Can your organisation help? To become involved in our Talent Taster programme, alongside our partners such as City Building, The Herald and Wheatley Group, get involved.

We’re always looking for new mentors to reach all the new young people who are coming on board with the programme. Help us spread the word by letting your friends and family know how worthwhile mentoring can be!

STV Appeal Offers a Helping Hand to YGT by MCR Pathways

Tuesday, 07th Feb 2017
Category: General

STV Appeal Offers a Helping Hand to YGT by MCR Pathways

Throughout Young Glasgow Talent’s #HelpingHands campaign, we’ve shared the amazing stories of our inspiring young people, incredible mentors and motivated partners.

Our stories have inspired many more Glaswegians to support our city’s most disadvantaged young people. With your help, they’ll get the support they need while at secondary school. Can you offer just one hour a week? Can you provide a listening and supportive ear?

Today, we’ll hear from the STV Appeal. They are passionate supporters of MCR Pathways and now help fund vital opportunities for our city’s care-experienced young people.

YGT young people, mentors and staff met the STV Appeal at Saint Roch’s Secondary on 31st January, as the organisation made a £100,000 donation to the programme. Discussing with Rob Woodward, STV CEO and trustee of the STV Children’s Appeal, the difference that the mentoring experience has made to them.

“My mentor is always there to support me. She always knows how to help me. She makes me laugh all the time”

“My mentor is funny and interesting. They’re more like a friend”

We were also speaking with the mentors who have made such a difference. Learning more about why they decided to go above and beyond for the youngsters in our city that need and deserve our help.

“I got into mentoring because I was one of these kids when I was at school. I listen to what my young person is interested in”

The Deputy Headteacher of Saint Roch’s, Tommy Donnelly, also spoke about the benefits of the programme from a school’s perspective. Emphasising their school motto, which is to help others, he has been there as volunteers have come to help their pupils.
MCR Pathways has been transformational for some of our young people”

Rob Woodward, STV plc CEO and Trustee of the STV Children’s Appeal, said: “Thanks to everyone who fundraised and donated to the STV Children’s Appeal last year we are able to support vital projects like MCR Pathways, a fantastic initiative which brings together care experienced young people with mentors for support and positive influence.

Today’s visit has been a great opportunity to find out more about the charity and its ambitious plans to improve the future of vulnerable young people. The STV Children’s Appeal was established to make a difference in the lives of children and young people across Scotland, and MCR Pathways is exactly the kind of project we want to support.”

Sir Tom Hunter, trustee of the STV Children’s Appeal, said: “It’s projects like MCR Pathways that can make the world of a difference to those young people most in need. From the bottom of my heart I thank everyone who raised money for the STV Children’s Appeal and can again confirm to every last one of you that every pound you gave is being invested in projects like MCR Pathways to the benefit of Scotland’s young people. You raise a pound we give a pound, simple.”

Lorraine Kelly, presenter and STV Children’s Appeal trustee, has announced the STV Children’s Appeal 2016 has raised £2,568,369 for children and young people living in poverty in Scotland, with an exciting line-up of fundraising activities planned for 2017.

Huge thanks to the STV Appeal for their vital support of our programme.

You can read more coverage of the YGT and STV Appeal partnership here.

We have more young people signing up for Young Glasgow Talent’s help. They need mentors to make a huge difference to their confidence, educational outcomes and future life chances. Can you help them? Find out more about becoming a mentor.

Can your organisation help? To become involved in our Talent Taster programme, alongside our partners such as City Building, The Herald and Wheatley Group, get involved.

We’re always looking for new mentors to reach all the new young people who are coming on board with the programme. Help us spread the word by letting your friends and family know how worthwhile mentoring can be!

National Coverage for Council’s Landmark Announcement Supporting YGT Young People

Thursday, 19th Jan 2017
Category: General

National Coverage for Council’s Landmark Announcement Supporting YGT Young People

In August, Glasgow City Council unveiled one of the country’s biggest Public and Social Partnership agreements. Yesterday’s announcement by the Council to commit 10% of the workforce to become YGT mentors is a massive endorsement and first by any Local Authority nationally and internationally.

The agreement in August was groundbreaking in itself. Seeing the profound, life-changing difference having a mentor makes to a disadvantaged young person, the Education Authority will take on the YGT programme in three years’ time. This will become the norm in supporting care experienced and disadvantaged young people across Glasgow.

Yesterday’s (18th January) announcement cements the Council’s commitment to YGT even further! In a move that will support the city’s most vulnerable young people, GCC has made a phenomenal pledge. The New Year commitment, outlined by Annemarie O’Donnell, Glasgow City Council’s Chief Executive, is to attract at least 10% of the council’s workforce to our pioneering mentoring programme.

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“Mentoring is making an incredible difference to the lives of some of our most disadvantaged young people and helping to close the attainment gap in the city. We’re asking staff to consider committing to one hour a week. Our workforce is very diverse. Staff have a wide range of skills and experiences that could be used to support and encourage a young person. It’s also about staff development as well as the obvious benefits to the young person,” Annemarie explained.

Iain MacRitchie, Founder of our Young Glasgow Talent programme said:
“This profound commitment by the Council really is a national and perhaps international first and major precedent. It is truly pioneering in every way and gives us a fantastic opportunity to provide every disadvantaged young person with the one-to-one relationship based support they need to flourish through school. It is hugely humbling and very motivating to see People Making Glasgow at this scale. It’s not volunteering, it is just our great City taking care of our own”.

YGT was delighted with the local and national coverage. From The Herald, to STV, to Glasgow Live, the announcement’s promotion will ensure even more Glaswegians hear about our programme and the commitment to help our city’s young people. You can read, hear and watch more of our coverage below:

The Herald

The Times

Evening Times

Glasgow Live

Clyde 1

STV News

Evening Express

Glasgow City Council

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We have so many more inspiring young people signing up for Young Glasgow Talent’s help. They need mentors to make a huge difference to their confidence, educational outcomes and future life chances. Can you help them? Find out more about becoming a mentor.

Can your organisation help? To become involved in our Talent Taster programme, alongside our partners such as City Building, The Herald and Wheatley Group, get involved.

We’re always looking for new mentors to reach all the new young people who are coming on board with the programme. Help us spread the word by letting your friends and family know how worthwhile mentoring can be!

Radio Clyde News covers GCC commitment for up to 10% of staff to become MCR Pathways mentors

Thursday, 19th Jan 2017
Category: General

Radio Clyde News covers GCC commitment for up to 10% of staff to become MCR Pathways mentors

MCR Pathways was delighted to get coverage throughout the day yesterday (Wednesday 18th January) as Glasgow City Council’s momentous announcement was made. Which will transform the lives for so many of the city’s young people.

Have a listen below at Radio Clyde News as they spoke to Frank McAveety, Council Leader, Stephen Breslin, CEO of Glasgow Science Centre and YGT mentor, and YGT founder Iain MacRitchie

 

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You can also hear from Emma Rose. An incredible young person who had the support of a mentor while at Saint Roch’s. Who is now doing her accountancy apprenticeship.

 

Click here to listen to the show

 

Meet The Young People YGT’s Helping Hands Have Supported

Friday, 13th Jan 2017
Category: Herald Campaign

Meet The Young People YGT’s Helping Hands Have Supported

Thank you to everyone who has been involved in our #HelpingHands campaign so far. As we inspire 1000 more Glaswegians and organisations to support our city’s young people.

We’ve already heard from some of the incredible young people in our programme. Who are working so hard towards a much brighter future. We’ve also heard from the phenomenal mentors who support them. Who go above and beyond. Providing a vital listening ear and offering encouragement.

We’ll share lots more stories throughout the campaign. We’re so grateful for everyone who continues to share and get involved! Spreading word of our work throughout the whole city.

Can you offer a helping hand to a young person who is disadvantaged through no fault of their own?


Today, we’ll hear from Nikola. She had the support of her mentor while at school, and YGT was there to support Nikola into college. Now well on the way towards achieving her dream job of becoming a nurse, she looks back at the difference Young Glasgow Talent made to her. Talking about the helping hands that supported her through challenging times.

“Young Glasgow Talent has helped me an enormous amount to overcome difficulties in my life and get me to where I want to be. They believed in me when I felt no one else did. Gave me confidence I never thought I would have after being in foster care, facing homelessness and being bullied.

[There were several significant challenges in my life] which led to me wanting to give up on everything, including school. I just wanted to stay at home with my mum and completely lost interest in school. I was linked up with a mentor who helped me strive for my best and to stick in at school, [until I was ready to leave for college in 2015].

When I was looking for a place in a course I wanted to be a part of, YGT helped me with my applications for colleges and my references. I received a place, but, due to unforeseen circumstances, I had to leave this course and was then yet again worried as to what my future held. I contacted YGT and I got the help I needed straight away, they helped me with my entry to the course and I have now received an unconditional offer for my HNC course. They also recommended a scholarship for me to apply to for some funding to help me in my studies and helped me with the application. I already have my future all planned out. In the next 4 years of my education I want to become a fully qualified nurse and believe me, with the help from YGT I will definitely get there!

One thing I had always loved, even during the difficult times in my life, was gymnastics. My love for gymnastics was unreal and I even had help to achieve my goals in this. I was training 4-5 times a week and done gymnastics anywhere I went. While I was on study leave from school I received a phone call telling me I had tickets to watch the gymnastics at the commonwealth games. I was ecstatic! YGT even gave me belief in my gymnastics journey and with everything I had achieved through the years I even had a chance to perform 3 times at the World gymnastics championships before all the other gymnasts fought for their title on their way to the Olympics. These 3 days were absolutely amazing and was a life changing experience. What a way to end my journey as a gymnast before I retired to focus more on my studies towards my career!

It is impossible to say how much Young Glasgow Talent has helped me and given me a whole new life. I could never thank them enough! If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be on my road to my dream job to become a nurse. I will definitely always be involved with this programme because of how much it has helped me and I am now volunteering to help promote the programme. Being involved in YGT is one of the best things that can happen to a young person!

We have so many inspiring young people like Nikola signing up for Young Glasgow Talent’s help. They need mentors to make a huge difference to their confidence, educational outcomes and future life chances. Can you help them? Find out more about becoming a mentor.

Can your organisation help? To become involved in our Talent Taster programme, alongside our partners such as City Building, The Herald and Wheatley Group, get involved.

We’re always looking for new mentors to reach all the new young people who are coming on board with the programme. Help us spread the word by letting your friends and family know how worthwhile mentoring can be!

YGT’s Plans For Exciting New Mentor Hub Announced

Thursday, 12th Jan 2017
Category: Media

YGT’s Plans For Exciting New Mentor Hub Announced

Young Glasgow Talent partners The Herald were first to announce our exciting plans for a new hub for our incredible volunteer mentors.

Our partnership with Glasgow Life will see us develop the iconic Anderston Library space and DNA. With design input from our young people, the space will become YGT’s headquarters as we support volunteers who are ensuring brighter futures for our city’s young people.

The Anderston Library, a former magazine reading room within The Mitchell Library, has now been lying empty for almost three years. It may have been consigned to the archives, if not for YGT adopting the space as our new home.

When Anderston Library opened on 21 December 1904, it was said to be the finest district library building in Glasgow. It was first opened to the public in 1963, and has had various incarnations since then, including a community lending library and a temporary home to Glasgow Women’s Library.

Now it’s being prepared to begin its next life as the dynamic new hub for YGT by MCR Pathways. The team hopes to move into the revitalised space by the end of spring, allowing us to build on the incredible 1000 Glaswegians who have already registered their support.

YGT founder, Iain MacRitchie, was thrilled to work with Glasgow Life on this space. “We are very excited to be moving into the Anderston Library within The Mitchell Library and are hugely grateful to Glasgow Libraries for allowing us to utilise this room and support us to provide new opportunities for young people.
Every step forward we take with MCR Pathways means that more young people are able to benefit. For us, moving into a permanent home in a publically accessible, landmark building will further strengthen our links with the Glasgow community and attract lots of new mentors. It will help us continue to build recognition of the programme and what we aspire to achieve.”

You can read the Herald’s feature HERE and see an incredible image gallery of the library from days gone by.

We have many young people signing up for Young Glasgow Talent’s help. They need mentors to make a huge difference to their confidence, educational outcomes and future life chances. Can you help them? Find out more about becoming a mentor.

Can your organisation help? To become involved in our Talent Taster programme, alongside our partners such as City Building, The Herald and Wheatley Group, get involved.

We’re always looking for new mentors to reach all the new young people who are coming on board with the programme. Help us spread the word by letting your friends and family know how worthwhile mentoring can be!

National Coverage for YGT’s Latest Partnership Announcement

Monday, 09th Jan 2017
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National Coverage for YGT’s Latest Partnership Announcement

We’re delighted to share some excellent coverage Young Glasgow Talent received in the Herald and Evening Times over the last few days.

Announcing YGT’s latest partnership, the pieces outline what City Building’s support will mean for Glasgow’s care experienced young people.

As well as providing a volunteer mentor for every care experienced young person in Glasgow, Young Glasgow Talent is committed to delivering Talent Tasters. Thanks to our incredible partners, young people are learning more about the world of work. Organisations, large and small, are opening their doors, ensuring aspirations are truly sparked!

City Building is the latest company to join forces with MCR Pathways to give young people in Glasgow the career opportunities they deserve. Joining partners such as the University of Strathclyde, Wheatley Group and Sweco.

As the largest employer of apprentices in Scotland City Building provides a perfect platform for young people to gain work experience across all disciplines of the industry from its training college in Glasgow. Our latest coverage also shares what our young people think of the opportunity:

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Read Evening Times Article

Like other partners, City Building are also encouraging their own staff to become volunteer mentors to our city’s young people.

As well as helping to facilitate the YGT City Building Talent Tasters, Lynsey has also signed up to become a volunteer mentor for MCR. Identifying her City Building colleagues as ideal candidates for the volunteer mentoring role.

She said, “I believe trades people make great mentors, although they themselves might not think it. Most of them have been through apprenticeships and are now teaching young people. You’ll find older trades people have a great set of life skills that they could pass on to a young person and help them find the right path.”

Lynsey herself is an electrician to trade. Currently the City Building Training Centre Manager, she has been in their employment for 23 years and recognises how important Taster opportunities can be: “2% of construction workers are female but City Building’s rate is 5.5%. Culturally the perception is that jobs in construction are dirty and dangerous, and not for females – but that’s not the case. It’s about changing that mindset.”

The organisation’s people management practices are widely acclaimed, with the company recently winning a trio of awards including Diverse Social Enterprise of the Year, Public Sector Employer of the Year and a People Development Award. Offering an incredible opportunity for our young people to work with and learn from an inspiring cohort!

Gavin is a joiner to trade and Development Manager for City Buildings and was there to deliver the first YGT City Building Talent Taster: “It’s good to show what it’s actually like. Young people know they need to raise their game, present and conduct themselves in a reliable and responsible manner. Some people may have an idea of what it’s like being a joiner. They might think they’ll be working in a workshop every day but that’s not the reality. They could be outside on building sites in all weathers.”

The construction company recently delivered its first MCR Talent Taster with pupils from St Roch’s Secondary School, St Andrew’s Secondary and Drumchapel High School. During the three hour session, pupils learned basic joinery skills and built a window frame.

Cammy, 14, from St Roch’s Secondary School said: “This is brilliant. I’d like to become either a joiner or an electrician, I like working with my hands and I don’t want a desk job.”

Meanwhile Robbie, 14, from Drumchapel High School, who had finished two window frames, said: “I’ve been wanting to be a joiner since I was a wee boy and to get this opportunity to try it out is great.”

Darci, 14, Drumchapel High School said: “I’m interested in becoming a joiner. I really wanted to try this out to see what it’s like. My brother is a joiner. I’ve been speaking to him about it.”

YGT works with all industries, from construction to medical and dental, hospitality, sales and retail and professional services. There’s been Talent Tasters for football coaching, working in art galleries and concert venues, paralegal services to engineering and engine servicing.

We have more young people signing up for Young Glasgow Talent’s help. They need mentors to make a huge difference to their confidence, educational outcomes and future life chances. Can you help them? Find out more about becoming a mentor.

Can your organisation help? To become involved in our Talent Taster programme, alongside our partners such as City Building, The Herald and Wheatley Group, get involved.

We’re always looking for new mentors to reach all the new young people who are coming on board with the programme. Help us spread the word by letting your friends and family know how worthwhile mentoring can be!

Change A Young Person’s Life in 2017

Friday, 23rd Dec 2016
Category: Mentoring

Change A Young Person’s Life in 2017

This is the year you could make a genuine life-changing difference to a young person. Simply by offering a listening ear.

In December, YGT launched our #HelpingHands campaign. The aim is to inspire 1000 Glaswegians to support our city’s most deserving young people. The feedback was incredible. With even more young people asking Young Glasgow Talent for help, we need even more people in Glasgow to become a volunteer mentor.

Mentoring is a life-changing experience. For our young people, as well as for our mentors. So if you’re looking for a New Year’s resolution with a difference, or are ready to make an incredible commitment to our city:

“Believe me, watching the transformation unfold has been mind-blowingly brilliant – money just can’t buy that kind of reward. As someone who didn’t have the easiest childhood, it’s been important to me to lend a helping hand to other young people who might have had a bit of a tricky start to life. By offering that helping hand recently, I’ve been able to encourage a talented young person to have enough self belief to see a brighter future for herself – she’s now studying fine art at college and a whole new world’s opening up for her. As individuals, we can play such a huge part to make positive change in young lives. ” Mairi, Mentor.

Providing the listening ear that Mairi did to her young person will make THE difference. Every personality in the city will be required to build relationships and self-esteem, to help our young people discover their own passion for learning and achieving. Allowing them to overcome the challenges thrown at them. Challenges they face through no fault of their own.

This consistency is what keeps young people engaged with school. Working towards an exciting future you’ll encourage and help your young person discover. Mentoring radically improves educational attainment, return to school rates and positive pathways for our young people.

“It feels good to have mentor support and having someone to help me through. My mentor is a very fun and chatty person and this matches my personality, so we get along very well. It has made me more confident because she encourages me to do my absolute best”

Meet more amazing Glaswegians changing their lives today:

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Read more stories HERE.

Our young people need 1000 more #HelpingHands. Having someone who can simply meet with them for one hour a week provides the consistency and support they need. You CAN make the difference!


Can your organisation help? As well as individual mentors, we need Glasgow businesses, large and small, to provide a helping hand to our young people. Can you join YGT Partners including The Herald, Wheatley Group, University of Strathclyde and more, to provide mentors and/or Talent Tasters? We can’t wait to work with you to offer our city’s most disadvantaged a gateway to an expanding menu of opportunities and tasters of employment, college and university. Get Involved.

Please continue to SHARE, SHARE SHARE our blog and social media posts. We also want to hear from YOU! We would love to see a picture of your helping hands! With a message that sums up why you support our city’s most deserving young people getting the help they desperately need.

Please include the #HelpingHands hashtag in your post and send it in to our Twitter page.

Construction company’s #HelpingHands building new pathways for YGT young people

Friday, 23rd Dec 2016
Category: General

Construction company’s #HelpingHands building new pathways for YGT young people

We want our young people to live their best lives. To find, grow and use their own talents and really reach their full potential. To do that, MCR Pathways are now delivering Talent Tasters to complement our award winning in-school mentoring programme.

Talent Tasters give young people the chance to try out the job of their dreams and for many of our young people – that job is in the trades. So, where else would we go to meet their needs than one of Glasgow’s best construction trades organisation – City Building.

And, wow, they really delivered!

City Building is a hugely successful construction company based in Glasgow. They’ve been instrumental in building some of Glasgow’s most iconic new buildings and supported hundreds of regeneration and investment projects across the city. They are also the largest employers of apprentices in Scotland with 350 current apprentices being trained in their academies and on-the-job. They recently formed a groundbreaking joint venture with housing, care and property management giants Wheatley Group.

Scores of City Building staff are already mentoring or working towards becoming a mentor and they have already delivered a number of Talent Tasters and have scheduled in many more.

The first full day of City Building Talent Tasters was at the end of November – one of the last sessions delivered in 2016 by the team.

Ian Hazelton, City Building’s Senior Joinery Instructor took two ‘Carpentry and Joinery’ sessions for up to seven young people from schools across Glasgow. The sessions took the young people through their paces, making picture frames (mitres).

In the spirit of our #HelpingHands campaign, Ian, Pathways Co-ordinator Danielle Campbell and Talent Taster team member Wendy Jordan got stuck in to helping the young people with their task. They had to measure, mark, saw and hammer the lengths of wood into the exact shape of a picture frame, or mitre. It might sound easy, but the angles, measurements and cuts have to be exact. Ian explained that basic ability in wood working would serve the young people well if they applied for an apprenticeship.

Ian went above and beyond, quizzing the young people on how they behave at a job interview, what they would wear and coaching them on the importance of literacy and numeracy in the trades. He changed some young lives that day.

One of our Pathways Co-ordinators said: “My young person has come back pretty focused and clued up that he needs to “screw the nut” – his words – at school or he won’t get too far in securing an apprenticeship on leaving.

“The lecturer seems to have made quite an impression on him. His year head is very happy that he went yesterday and uncovered a passion.”


City Building will be delivering even more sessions in the second tranche of Talent Tasters including Construction, Plumbing, Electrical Installation and more Carpentry and Joinery. We can’t thank them enough for their support!

Could your organisation help by delivering Talent Tasters in a rewarding career? To support our Talent Taster programme, alongside our partners such as The Herald, simply Get Involved.

We have more young people than ever signing up for Young Glasgow Talent’s help. They need mentors to make a huge difference to their confidence, educational outcomes and future life chances. Can you help them? Find out more about Becoming a Mentor.

We’re always looking for new mentors to reach all the new young people who are coming on board with the programme. Help us spread the word by letting your friends and family know how worthwhile mentoring can be!

Meet the Mentors Who Offer #HelpingHands

Tuesday, 20th Dec 2016
Category: General

Meet the Mentors Who Offer #HelpingHands

#HelpingHands is the latest campaign by Young Glasgow Talent. As we aim to inspire 1000 more Glaswegians, and more organisations, to support our city’s most deserving young people.

Throughout our December campaign, we’ll share incredible stories of the resilient young people, motivated mentors and committed organisations that make Glasgow. Who hold out their #HelpingHands. Who go above and beyond for those in our city that desperately need support. Who are encouraging you to join them!

Can you offer a helping hand?


Today, we’re meeting Mairi. Who has fitted in mentoring alongside an incredibly busy work and home life. Mairi began mentoring young Simone back in early 2015. Now, Simone is pursuing the extremely exciting next stage of her journey. Heading to college to study a subject she absolutely loves.

Here’s Mairi phenomenal words of her mentoring experience:

As someone who didn’t have the easiest childhood, it’s been important to me to lend a helping hand to other young people who might have had a bit of a tricky start to life. By offering that helping hand recently, I’ve been able to encourage a talented young person to have enough self belief to see a brighter future for herself – she’s now studying fine art at college and a whole new world’s opening up for her. As individuals, we can play such a huge part to make positive change in young lives, and the personal payback is priceless, so go on, folks, offer your #HelpingHands!

Doc Marten boots and David Bowie…
These immortal style icons were the main topics of chat which flowed excitedly between Simone and I when we met for the very first time. She shared her love for Japanese manga and anime art with me too, and I talked to her about two of my life-long passions – punk rock and photography.

Fast forward to now, and our formal mentoring arrangement is coming to its natural end, but 16 months after that first hour of enthusiastic cultural chatter, I still look back on that meeting as something really special.

Back at the beginning of our mentoring story, Simone was a sixteen year old schoolgirl and I was a fifty-something wife, mother and insanely busy small business owner. On paper, it wasn’t necessarily a mentoring match made in heaven. But despite the gulf in our age and life experiences, Bowie, boots and a love of all things alternative gave Simone and I an immediate connection which has stayed solid and strong ever since that first tentative hello.

I’ve watched on with huge pride, and no little amazement, as this wonderful girl has blossomed in ways I could never have imagined when we first met. Back then, she was a girl who was shy and unsure, who couldn’t really be bothered with school, and whose home life was complicated and often a bit bumpy. Her talent was evident right from the start – the girl’s a natural born artist – but she didn’t have any real ambition or drive for her future. She couldn’t really see beyond the end of her street, so to speak.

All the more amazing then that Simone made it to college to study fine art, and that she’s sticking in too. She’s made a new circle of friends, and is beginning to see whole new horizons opening up for her. Believe me, watching the transformation unfold has been mind-blowingly brilliant – money just can’t buy that kind of reward.

If that all sounds a bit self-important, rose-tinted and dewy-eyed, let me set the record straight. It’s not always been easy. Simone’s timekeeping has often been dire, and there’s been more than one wasted journey for a simple no-show. It was sometimes upsetting to see her exhausted, disinterested, down and lacking all hope. Sometimes I’ve wanted to give her a shake or a bit of a dressing down, but more often than not, she just needed a big hug or a few kind, encouraging words. At other times I thought the mentoring thing might not be working, but then Simone would always do something surprising, something which kept us connected and close.

It’s that solid connection, that commitment to providing a consistent source of support which strikes me as the key to mentoring success. If you can stick in there with your young person during good times and bad, you too might be lucky enough to witness real change, to see a bright future beckoning for a life that might not have got off to the best start.

I’m sure Simone and I will stay in touch now and then, but the time’s about right for me to bow out. I’ll have a huge lump in my throat when it comes to goodbye, but I’ll always be willing her onwards and upwards. Put your best Doc Martened foot forward, kiddo, it’s been a blast.

This is the difference that YGT mentors make to our city’s young people. There are so many more incredible young people like Simone. Who simply need a listening ear and the encouragement to explore and follow their aspirations.

Our young people need more #HelpingHands. Having someone who can simply meet with them for one hour a week provides the consistency and support they need. We’ve shown that having a mentor improves attainment, staying-on rates and positive destinations reached for young people.

We need 1000 more Glaswegians to offer their #HelpingHands. To support those in our city that desperately need our help. You’ll make a life-changing difference.


Can your organisation help? As well as individual mentors, we need Glasgow businesses, large and small, to provide a helping hand to our young people. Can you join YGT Partners including The Herald, Wheatley Group, University of Strathclyde and more, to provide mentors and/or Talent Tasters. We can’t wait to work with you to offer our city’s most disadvantaged a gateway to an expanding menu of opportunities and tasters of employment, college and university. Get Involved.

Please continue to SHARE, SHARE SHARE our blog and social media posts. We also want to hear from YOU! Like the images below, we would love to see a picture of your helping hands! With a message that sums up why you support our city’s most deserving young people getting the help they desperately need.

Please include the #HelpingHands hashtag in your post and send it in to our Twitter page.

YGT Founder Awarded For Changing Young Lives

Monday, 19th Dec 2016
Category: Herald Campaign

YGT Founder Awarded For Changing Young Lives

Young Glasgow Talent founder, Iain MacRitchie, has been awarded the iconic St Mungo prize.

The award was recognition of Iain’s work. Highlighted, were the statistics regarding the dramatic effect of young people’s well being and educational attainment, thanks to having a volunteer mentor and being part of the YGT programme. Which the St Mungo Prize described as “transformational” to the lives of young people.

Iain was honoured to join an incredible group of previous recipients of the award. Including Sir Patrick Dollan and Lord Macfarlane of Bearsden. “It’s a privilege to be included in that list of people who have made such an impact on Glasgow.”

“I’m also very grateful for the recognition it confers on the team here. I pull together like-minded people, so they get credit for this. I can do nothing on my own”.

Full coverage was provided in the Herald and the Evening Times. You can read more below!

Download The St Mungo Prize Article


Download The St Mungo Evening Times Article

Can you help? Our city’s young people desperately need a mentor to make a huge difference to their confidence, educational outcomes and future life chances. You’ll guide disadvantaged, but utterly deserving and ambitious, young people through their education. Find out more about Becoming A Mentor.

Can your organisation help? To become involved in our Talent Taster programme, alongside our partners such as Glasgow Life and The Herald, simply GET INVOLVED! We can’t wait to work with you to offer our city’s most disadvantaged a gateway to an expanding menu of opportunities and tasters of university, college and employment.

We’re always looking for new mentors to reach all the young people coming on board with the programme. Help us spread the word by letting your friends and family know how worthwhile mentoring can be using the ‘share’ buttons below!

Glasgow Businesses Offer Their #HelpingHands to YGT

Thursday, 15th Dec 2016
Category: Mentoring

Glasgow Businesses Offer Their #HelpingHands to YGT

#HelpingHands is the latest campaign by Young Glasgow Talent. As we aim to inspire 1000 more Glaswegians, and more organisations, to support our city’s most deserving young people.

Throughout our December campaign, we’ll share incredible stories of the resilient young people, motivated mentors and committed organisations that make Glasgow. Who hold out their #HelpingHands. Who go above and beyond for those in our city that desperately need support. Who are encouraging you to join them!

Can You Offer a Helping Hand?


As well as an incredible community of mentors, there are organisations from right across the city who support Young Glasgow Talent and our young people. Including The Herald, University of Strathclyde and the SECC.

Every type of organisation is required. Small businesses, such as Marshall Brown Window Manufacturers and The Loft are just as vital in bringing life-changing experiences to our young people.

Showing why they offer a helping hand to Glasgow’s young people, today we’re delighted to introduce phenomenal YGT partners.

Wheatley Group have supported YGT for almost two years now. As well as encouraging staff to become mentors, they deliver Talent Taster experiences. Opening their doors. Offering our young people the opportunity to explore industries of interest. Inspired by their dedicated workforce, aspirations are sparked. Our young people return to school having discovered a pathway they want to work so hard towards.

In the video below, Wheatley Group also talk about the benefits they’ve experienced as an organisation in offering YGT their #HelpingHands.

Click here for video link

The Loft, a digital design agency based in Glasgow, have been incredible supporters of Young Glasgow Talent. Run by entrepreneur Benedetto Bordone, the inspiring company recently opened the world of Design and Web Design to some incredibly creative young people.

Here’s why Benedetto and his team go above and beyond for our city’s young people. Not only that, he emphasises the benefits to his organisation of getting involved!
When it comes to ‘Young Glasgow Talent by MCR Pathways,’ and The Loft – it really is any opportunity to help. In our 4+ years as a company, we have supported many third-sector organisations and we always take great pride in doing so, but we feel a special connection with ‘Young Glasgow Talent.’ As creatives, ‘inspiration’ is quite possibly the most important resource we have to work with. We seek it in huge quantities every single day. It informs everything we do. Nobody understands the importance of inspiration more than us at The Loft. As people, we believe there is an even greater need to be positively inspired and the approach taken by YGT to help inspire a generation of young people to be the best they can be definitely resonates with our company and our ideas.

Just a couple of months ago, we held the first YGT ‘Talent Taster’ in our Glasgow studio for 4 students and the experience was absolutely brilliant. We probably got more out of it than the students. Seeing young people’s eyes light up to their own potential and possibilities in the space of a morning is an incredibly fulfilling experience. One that was shared by the whole team, it has helped us to grow as a group and also as individuals. We can’t wait for the next one.

We also jumped at the opportunity to do something creative for YGT’s #HelpingHands. We know that the organisation needs more mentors so we thought we’d play with the old adage – ‘Many hands make light work.’ The hands on the image are all of those of our team and it was great fun putting it together. As the image says, we can’t recommend YGT enough. Our company provides creative support, we are taking part in the talent taster programme and we’ll eventually get to mentoring.

So as the image says…

Give us a #HelpingHand!
Huge thanks to all our partners, especially to Wheatley Group and The Loft, for their latest #HelpingHands support. So many people and organisations are doing so much to transform the life-chances of our young people!

We can’t wait to share more incredible #HelpingHands stories. To showcase our phenomenal volunteer mentors, our committed partners, and our hugely inspiring young people.

Please continue to share our blogs and social media posts. Encouraging more to join our amazing mentor and partner communities. The more Glaswegians hearing our young people’s voices, the more volunteers there will be to provide a vital helping hand to a deserving young person.

To sign up and offer a helping hand to a young person now, learn more about BECOMING A MENTOR.

If your organisation can join our incredible partners such as Glasgow Life, Wheatley Group, SECC and University of Strathclyde, GET INVOLVED!

Please keep an eye out on our Twitter, Facebook and YouTube channels and share your #HelpingHands inspiration!

YGT Schools Support #HelpingHands

Sunday, 04th Dec 2016
Category: General

YGT Schools Support #HelpingHands

#HelpingHands is the latest campaign by Young Glasgow Talent. As we aim to inspire 1000 more Glaswegians, and more organisations, to support our city’s most deserving young people.

Throughout our December campaign, we’ll share incredible stories of the resilient young people, motivated mentors and committed organisations that make Glasgow. Who hold out their #HelpingHands. Who go above and beyond for those in our city that desperately need support. Who are encouraging you to join them!

Can You Offer a Helping Hand?


Today, we’ll hear from some of YGT’s schools. As our programme expands city wide, YGT now supports young people across 15 of the city’s secondaries. An additional 5 schools came on board over summer 2016. It’s all thanks to our young people and volunteer mentors for building the programme’s success that All Saints Secondary, Hillpark Secondary, Knightswood Secondary, Rosshall Academy and Whitehill Secondary schools all wanted to ensure their young people also get the YGT guidance they deserve.

Over the next three years, the Young Glasgow Talent mentoring programme will be embedded across all of the city’s schools. Thanks to one of the country’s biggest Public and Social Partnership agreements, which Glasgow City Council signed in August 2016.

Our schools have been phenomenal. Supporting Young Glasgow Talent as we offer our #HelpingHands to those young people that utterly deserve our city’s encouragement.

Have a look at what Saint Roch’s Secondary had to say. Their fantastic Head-Teacher, Stephen Stone, and Deputy Head-Teacher, Tommy Donnelly, talk about the impact YGT’s mentoring has had for their school’s young people, since joining us in 2014.

Click here for the video link.

We were also delighted to catch up with Kay Dingwall, the Head-Teacher of Knightswood Secondary. One of YGT’s newest schools, Knightswood share their aspirations in welcoming mentors into their school, supporting their young people.

Click here for the video link.

Whitehill Secondary, another of our schools, was also delighted to share the benefits that YGT’s #HelpingHands will mean for their pupils:

“As a school we are always striving to break down any potential barriers to learning and working in partnership with MCR pathways will continue to support our young people in reaching their maximum potential. We envisage that the mentoring component of the programme will engage our most vulnerable young people as this support will provide a consistent input from a trusted adult where the young person can share their experiences and aspirations.”

- Pauline Swan, Head Teacher at Whitehill Secondary School.

There are so many more young people within YGT schools, and within those schools we’ll reach soon, who are asking for our help. They need more #HelpingHands. Someone who will simply meet with them for one hour a week. Who will provide the consistency and support they need. We’ve shown that having a mentor absolutely improves attainment, staying-on rates and positive destinations reached for young people.

We need 1000 more Glaswegians to offer their #HelpingHands. For those in our city that desperately need our help. You’ll make a life-changing difference. Get Involved.

Can your organisation help? As well as individual mentors, we need Glasgow businesses, large and small, to provide a helping hand to our young people. Can you join YGT Partners including The Herald, Wheatley Group, University of Strathclyde and more, to provide mentors and/or Talent Tasters. We can’t wait to work with you to offer our city’s most disadvantaged a gateway to an expanding menu of opportunities and tasters of employment, college and university. Get Involved.

Please continue to SHARE, SHARE SHARE our blog and social media posts. We also want to hear from YOU!

Please include the #HelpingHands hashtag in your post and send it in to our Twitter page.

Glasgow’s Young People Benefit From #HelpingHands

Friday, 02nd Dec 2016
Category: Mentoring

Glasgow’s Young People Benefit From #HelpingHands

#HelpingHands is the latest campaign by Young Glasgow Talent. As we aim to inspire 1000 more Glaswegians to support our city’s most deserving young people.

Over the next month, we’ll share incredible stories of the resilient young people, motivated mentors and committed organisations that make Glasgow. Who hold out their #HelpingHands. Who go above and beyond for those in our city that desperately need support. Who are encouraging YOU to join them!

Can You Offer a helping hand?


Today, we’re delighted to introduce an amazing artwork by our young people. They typify the motivation, commitment and resilience of YGT. They continue to inspire our city. Each of these young people go above and beyond. As YGT Ambassadors, they are a voice for their peers. Ensuring the next generation know about YGT. As the programme grows to support even more young people.

This piece shows the incredible impact having a mentor makes. Our young people show how they felt before and after meeting their mentor. Having someone who is there consistently for them. Listens to them. Believes in them. Encourages them. It makes a life-changing difference.

Click here for the video link.

There are many more young people like our Ambassadors who are asking for YGT’s support. 1000 Glaswegians are needed to offer their #HelpingHands. To be a mentor to truly inspiring young people. In addition, companies (small, medium and large) are being encouraged on board. To join our partners including The Herald, Wheatley Group and Marshall Brown Window Manufacturers, who offer much support. Who open the doors of their offices, studios, manufacturing units and stadiums. Exploring their industry with our young people in an exciting way. Sparking aspirations!

“When you are older, we won’t forget what you have done for us. My generation will hold out a hand to you, we will be a listening ear and we will take care of you”.

We can’t wait to share more incredible #HelpingHands stories. To showcase our phenomenal volunteer mentors. Who choose to go above and beyond for our city and who make a life-changing difference. Mentors support inspiring young people. Who face challenges and circumstances that can be very different from our own lives.

We would also love for you to get involved!

Please continue to share our blogs and social media posts. Encouraging more to join our amazing mentor and partner communities. The more Glaswegians hearing our young people’s voices, the more volunteers there will be to provide a vital helping hand to a deserving young person.

To sign up and offer a helping hand to a young person now, learn more about BECOMING A MENTOR.

If your organisation can join our incredible partners such as Glasgow Life, Wheatley Group, SECC and University of Strathclyde, GET INVOLVED!

Please keep an eye out on our Twitter, Facebook and YouTube channels and share your #HelpingHands inspiration!

Talent Tasters open doors to some amazing opportunities for YGT’s young people.

Tuesday, 29th Nov 2016
Category:

Talent Tasters open doors to some amazing opportunities for YGT’s young people.

As well as providing a volunteer mentor for every care experienced young person in Glasgow, Young Glasgow Talent is committed to delivering Talent Tasters. Along with the support of our phenomenal partners, businesses throughout Glasgow are introducing our young people to the working world. Exploring a field they’d like to work in.

These Taster opportunities build on the proven success of our volunteer mentoring programme by offering S3 and S4 young people the opportunity to try their hands at the jobs of their choice.


At the start of June, the Talent Taster team made contact with Sweco – a global engineering giant. Sweco are the force behind some of the world’s most impressive engineering projects including Colombo Port City in Sri Lanka and Gotgatan in Stockholm as well as involvement in some more local projects such as the Queensferry Crossing and the Kelpies.

This company very kindly offered to open the doors of their Glasgow offices for our young people during ‘Inspiring Tomorrow’s Engineers’ week in November.

Emma, from YGT’s Talent Taster team, went along to the first session on Tuesday 8 November run by Sweco’s Geraldine Angus.

Emma said: “Geraldine, Sweco’s Operations Manager, did an amazing job designing a session that would excite and engage our young people.

“She organised challenges for the young people to complete including tangram puzzles and building bridges from spaghetti, string and tape.”

“Finally, she focused on all the routes into engineering which our young people could take. I feel it was really important for the pupils on the session to know that they don’t need to be a maths genius to make it in engineering.”

Geraldine said: “I was delighted to be given the opportunity to inspire the next generation into engineering and the world of Sweco as we build and design the cities and communities of the future. Hopefully our team has sparked an interest and understanding in the attendees of the varied careers available within engineering.”

And the young people had a ball! All of the students who attended a session have now said they’re interested in following it as a career – and what a rewarding career!

“My favourite part of the taster was learning so much about engineering”

“I was learning about types of jobs in engineering I didn’t know about. One of them is something I would be interested in.”

“The challenges were fun.”

A boy from one of our schools now has a clear career path thanks to the taster. He said the best part of the taster for him had been: “Getting to know more about Sweco because it has helped me know what I want to do when I leave school.”

We can’t thank Sweco enough for the time, effort and energy they put into their Talent Tasters.

We have more young people signing up for Young Glasgow Talent’s help. They need mentors to make a huge difference to their confidence, educational outcomes and future life chances. Can you help them? Find out more about Becoming a Mentor.

Can your organisation help? To become involved in our Talent Taster programme, alongside our partners such as The Herald, simply Get Involved.

We’re always looking for new mentors to reach all the new young people who are coming on board with the programme. Help us spread the word by letting your friends and family know how worthwhile mentoring can be!

YGT Mentors Kick Off #HelpingHands Campaign

Friday, 25th Nov 2016
Category: Mentoring

YGT Mentors Kick Off #HelpingHands Campaign

#HelpingHands is the latest campaign by Young Glasgow Talent. As we aim to inspire 1000 more Glaswegians, and 5 more organisations, to support our city’s most deserving young people.

Throughout our November and December campaign, we’ll share incredible stories of the resilient young people, motivated mentors and committed organisations that make Glasgow. Who hold out their #HelpingHands. Who go above and beyond for those in our city that desperately need support. Who are encouraging you to join them!

Can You Offer a #HelpingHand?


Today, we’ll meet some fabulous mentors. Who give so much. Craig, Kerr and Mairi all fit mentoring their young person in with their work and home lives. Meeting their young person for one hour a week. Helping them find, grow and use their talents. Encouraging them to stay in school and explore their college, university and employment aspirations. Support that simply wouldn’t be available to that young person otherwise. Our mentor’s #HelpingHands are making a life-changing difference. They want to encourage you to do the same!

“I manage the partnership between Glasgow Life and MacMillan Cancer Support. Throughout my time in this role, we’ve engaged with around 250 volunteers. I couldn’t help but be inspired by those that give their time to other people.

I was at a community networking breakfast and MCR Pathways asked if i was interested in getting involved with their Young Glasgow Talent programme and we went from there! I was initially a bit apprehensive about becoming a mentor and the biggest challenge was probably my first meeting with my young person. The first 10 minutes were a bit awkward, on MY part, asking standard questions of interest. Once I shook myself and realised I was sitting across from a very intelligent and capable person, I got rid of the handbook and we just started chatting informally. This was much more relaxing for the young person who really responded to the informal structure.I wasn’t sure what I could add, but my young person continues to ask and prompt more meetings with me, which shows that he enjoys his time with me.

My young person has had a very tough time of it in the past year. However it always amazes me that he is so socially and emotionally aware of what is going on around him. He has really grown up in the past year and knows how his behaviour can affect other people.

I have loved every minute of this Young Glasgow Talent experience. To anyone inspired by our mentors and young people I would say ‘Do you have a couple of spare hours per week? If so, I would recommend putting them to good use and being part of a fantastic programme which has been designed to help others in need of support. There is no better place to start than that of a young person trying to find their way’.”

Thanks to Craig’s support, his mentored young person has completed his time at school and is now studying at college. Craig is now getting ready to mentor another young person. A young person who simply needs someone to be there for them. To listen to them.

“I started mentoring around 6 months ago. I decided to get involved after hearing fantastic stories about MCR Pathway’s Young Glasgow Talent programme from across the city.
There are lots of people within schools who can potentially offer a young person support. Whereas I’m completely impartial and can offer a type of support that people within a school can’t or don’t. I’ve tried to give my young person independent and unbiased advice. As well as providing plenty of encouragement and offering them direction.

I believe the role of a mentor is to be independent. To not have an agenda. To be there, consistently, and to listen.”

Kerr decided to get involved with YGT after hearing about our programme and seeing more in The Herald. Who continue to support our ambition as we scale city-wide and reach even more young people. Kerr, along with Craig and Mairi, performed at the YGT Kelvingrove event. They were interviewed by our Young Ambassador, William. Showcasing to those visiting our “Bridge to the Future” exhibition why they decided to get involved, and more about the difference they’re making to our city.

“My reason for wanting to become a mentor was possibly a bit selfish. I wanted to be able to do something, because I knew that as a young person, I had a difficult time. I knew that having a positive adult there to support you to achieve makes a huge, huge difference. I was sick of hearing sad stories of Glasgow… about how our children have no future. I want to be somebody who wants to, and plays a part in, making a change in Glasgow.

During my time as a mentor, there have been some quite tricky moments. My young person has a very different life from my own and I had to approach this quite open-mindedly. The overriding thing for me was that the young person I mentored had a huge talent. And she had no sense of belief at all.

The first ‘golden’ moment came six months into our relationship. I kind of saw a light dawning on the horizon. It was going to allow her to do the thing that she was really good at. I can’t tell you how moving that was, to watch her say “oh, I get it!” To see her applying for, and going to, college. She was the first person in her family to do so! It was not a victory for me but for her.

If you can become a mentor, just do it!”

Craig, Kerr and Mairi are incredible mentors. They are three of over 1000 Glaswegians who have signed up to support the young people in our city. There are so many more young people asking for YGT’s help. They need more #HelpingHands. Simply meeting with them for one hour a week provides the consistency and support they need. We’ve shown that having a mentor improves attainment, staying-on rates and positive destinations reached for young people.

We need 1000 more Glaswegians to offer their #HelpingHands. To support those in our city that desperately need our help. You’ll make a life-changing difference. Get Involved.

Can your organisation help? As well as individual mentors, we need Glasgow businesses, large and small, to provide a helping hand to our young people. Can you join YGT Partners including The Herald, Wheatley Group, University of Strathclyde and more, to provide mentors and/or Talent Tasters. We can’t wait to work with you to offer our city’s most disadvantaged a gateway to an expanding menu of opportunities and tasters of employment, college and university.


Please continue to SHARE, SHARE SHARE our blog and social media posts. We also want to hear from YOU! We would love to see a picture of your helping hands! With a message that sums up why you support our city’s most deserving young people getting the help they desperately need.

Please include the #HelpingHands hashtag in your post and send it in to our Twitter page.

Support YGT’s #HelpingHands Campaign

Monday, 21st Nov 2016
Category: General

Support YGT’s #HelpingHands Campaign

“Holding out a helping hand is what our mentors do, what we as young people do for other young people. It’s what everyone involved with YGT does, our partners and our staff. If everyone held out their hand to help someone, the world we live in would a much better place.”

Shannon, a Young Glasgow Talent Ambassador, perfectly summed up our volunteer mentoring programme. At our Kelvingrove ‘Bridge to the Future’ exhibition opening, she emphasised that by providing a helping hand to a young person now, you’ll support those who will be there for you in the future.

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Following our incredible evening at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, we’re delighted to introduce our #HelpingHands campaign. To inspire even more Glaswegians to become a volunteer mentor. To encourage more businesses (small, medium and large) to get on board!


Throughout the campaign we’ll showcase our phenomenal volunteer mentors. Who make the choice to go above and beyond for our city and who make a life-changing difference. Mentors support inspiring young people. Who face challenges and circumstances that can be very different from our own lives.

You really do so much fantastic work. I’m glad I can play some part in helping!” Robert, Sopra Steria.

It’s not just individuals that offer a helping hand. There are many Glasgow businesses completely committed to supporting our young people. Inviting them into offices, design studios, theatres and universities across the city. Opening their doors. Joining young people as they explore various industries in an innovative and unique way. Sparking aspirations.

#HelpingHands will share the inspiring stories of the young people, mentors and organisations that make Glasgow. To encourage even more Glaswegians to get involved and support the young people in our city that desperately, and deservingly, need your help.

Our “Bridge to the Future” exhibition, which will remain in the Kelvingrove until the new year, was all about #HelpingHands.

Shannon led the evening’s performances which unveiled the exhibition. A mentored young person, she is being supported throughout her secondary school years. Shannon is also providing a helping hand to others, and will do so in the future. As an Ambassador, she helps develop YGT’s programme and is a voice for her peers. Making a difference to the generations of young people that will follow her.

“Young Glasgow Talent is centred around us young people. We are the next generation of parents, doctors, social workers, teachers, artists… and even world leaders! But most importantly, we are going to be the people who others will come to rely on. And when you are older, we won’t forget what you have done for us. My generation will hold out a hand to you, we will be a listening ear and we will take care of you”.

Throughout the evening other young people delivered incredible performances. Sharing the difference their mentor has made to them and how they’re being supported to find, grow and use their talents.

Behind the successful transformation of their educational outcomes and life-chances is a totally dedicated mentor and committed Glasgow organisations.

Organisations such as Glasgow Life. Who truly go above and beyond with the helping hand they offer. Providing mentors and delivering Talent Taster opportunities. Opening the doors of some of the city’s finest venues for our young people to explore so many career opportunities. As well as providing a sensational setting in the Kelvingrove Community Space for our young people to have their inspiring voices heard!

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“Glasgow Life is delighted to host and showcase this amazing exhibition. Demonstrating completely the passion, enthusiasm and commitment of the young people. It really celebrates the rich and life-affirming relationships mentors and the amazing young people MCR Pathways hold. It really does demonstrate that People Make Glasgow,” Dr. Bridget McConnell CBE, CEO of Glasgow Life.

MCR’s founder, Iain MacRitchie, was grilled on the night by Young Ambassador Rachel. To learn and share YGT’s plans for the future. How we’ll provide a helping hand to future generations:

““I thought I was well used to the pressure and nerves of speaking to a large audience. However being interviewed on stage by one of our young people was totally different. Especially since the last time I saw her, I stole her chips. Apprehension and uncertainty took over.  I did what I hadn’t done for a while and looked at who was on the front row that I might have to apologise to for being incoherent. However Rachel asked me the first question and smiled. The smile did it and I felt a little more comfortable. Still not sure my first answers were clear and that I didn’t waffle. I had already been told by our young host for the evening that I would be cut immediately short if I went off on one. I knew she would but thankfully she didn’t. Phew!”

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“We have a fantastic plan for Glasgow and huge ambitions for our young people. It is inspiring to be part of an organisation which has over 1000 people now registered and wanting to help. It is and will always be about each individual young person and offering them that helping hand. A hand which all of us need at some point to find, grow and use our talents. YGT Young people are the future of our great city. We have all a positive responsibility to make sure we give them all the help we can to create a fairer, brighter future for us all.”

#HelpingHands will be a fantastic campaign. We can’t wait to share with you some truly incredible stories. We would also love for you to get involved. To share our blogs and social media posts and for you to join our amazing mentor and partner communities. The more Glaswegians hearing our young people’s voices, the more volunteers there will be to provide a vital helping hand to a deserving young person. To show us the helping hand you offer!

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To sign up and offer a helping hand to a young person now, learn more about BECOMING A MENTOR.

If your organisation can join our incredible partners such as Glasgow Life, Wheatley Group, SECC and University of Strathclyde, GET INVOLVED!

Please keep an eye out on our Twitter, Facebook and YouTube channels and share your #HelpingHands inspiration!

Herald Recognition for YGT Cultural Tasters

Monday, 21st Nov 2016
Category: Herald Campaign

Herald Recognition for YGT Cultural Tasters

Young Glasgow Talent aims to provide a volunteer mentor for every care experienced and disadvantaged young person in the city. To listen to them. To encourage them.

Having someone there makes THE difference to our young people. It builds their self-esteem, giving them the confidence to find, grow and use their talents.

Thanks to incredible businesses throughout Glasgow, our young people are supported even further. Organisations, large and small, open their doors to our young people. Providing a taste of the working world, in a field each young person would like to work in.

The importance of similar exposure to arts, culture and sport has been emphasised and developed by Young Glasgow Talent recently. You can read more about our Taster coverage in the Herald article below.

Download Herald Article Here


Can you help? Our city’s young people desperately need a mentor to make a huge difference to their confidence, educational outcomes and future life chances. You’ll guide disadvantaged, but utterly deserving and ambitious, young people through their education. Find out more about Becoming A Mentor.

Can your organisation help? To become involved in our Talent Taster programme, alongside our partners such as Glasgow Life and The Herald, simply GET INVOLVED! We can’t wait to work with you to offer our city’s most disadvantaged a gateway to an expanding menu of opportunities and tasters of university, college and employment.

We’re always looking for new mentors to reach all the young people coming on board with the programme. Help us spread the word by letting your friends and family know how worthwhile mentoring can be using the ‘share’ buttons below!

Young Glasgow Talent Bridge to the Future Event Kelvingrove

Friday, 18th Nov 2016
Category: Mentoring

Young Glasgow Talent Bridge to the Future Event Kelvingrove

Young Glasgow Talent’s Young Ambassadors treated mentors, volunteers and partners to some incredible performances at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

On 10th November, we unveiled our “Bridge to the Future” Community Exhibition at the Kelvingrove. It celebrates the commitment and diversity of our phenomenal volunteer mentors and inspiring young people. Encouraging more people in Glasgow to get involved. To truly fulfill our role as “the caring city”.


Shannon, our host and YGT Young Ambassador, summed the event up perfectly. She beautifully reflected the talent and character of our young people and the vital difference our mentors make.
“Young Glasgow Talent is centred around us young people. We are the next generation of parents, doctors, social workers, teachers, artists… and even world leaders! But most importantly, we are going to be the people who others will come to rely on. And when you are older, we won’t forget what you have done for us. My generation will hold out a hand to you, we will be a listening ear and we will take care of you”.

Glasgow Life hosted our opening event and exhibition in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Contributing a magnificent setting, fitting of the commitment of our young people and their mentors. The exhibition will remain in the Kelvingrove until the New Year. Please be sure to pay it a visit! Hear the inspiring stories of YGT mentors and how they engage with their young people. The everyday objects in this exhibition became a focus, an escape and helped forge a life-changing relationship.

As a YGT Pioneering Partner, Glasgow Life go above and beyond for our young people. Providing mentors and delivering Talent Taster opportunities. Opening the doors of some of the city’s finest venues. Exploring so many career opportunities. Now, they’re ensuring an incredible setting for our young people to have their inspiring voices heard!

“Glasgow Life is delighted to host and showcase this amazing exhibition. Demonstrating completely the passion, enthusiasm and commitment of the young people. It really celebrates the rich and life-affirming relationships mentors and the amazing young people MCR Pathways hold. It really does demonstrate that People Make Glasgow,” Dr. Bridget McConnell CBE, CEO of Glasgow Life.

Throughout the evening our young people delivered incredible performances. Sharing the difference their mentor has made to them and how they’re being supported to find, grow and use their talents. They dramatically presented the thoughts and feelings of a mentor and mentee as they meet for the first time. The perspective was completed by William’s interview of our mentors.

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We were delighted to hear from an emotional Gerard M. Burns. A world renowned Scottish artist and graduate of Glasgow School of Art, Burns is one of the country’s best known portrait artists. Heralded as one of the leading artists of the human condition, straddling the world of representational painting and the world of conceptual art. His “Bridge to the Future” painting, which he donated to YGT, is the focus of, and inspiration behind, the exhibition.

Young Glasgow artist, Wali Hall, was also there on the evening. To unveil his artwork, which depicts his interpretation of how YGT mentor relationships help open the door to opportunities across our great city.

Over 500 young people across the city are now getting the support they deserve. The 1000th volunteer has pledged to help our young people. Alongside Glasgow City Council, SECC, Wheatley Group and City Building, our incredible YGT Partner organisations have all committed to one simple ambition – that care experienced and disadvantaged young people have the same education outcomes, career opportunities and life chances as any other young person.

People Make Glasgow! So many are working so hard and going above and beyond. Transforming the life-chances of the young people in our city that most need our help.

We’ll showcase the success of our resilient YGT young people, our truly motivated YGT volunteer mentors, and committed partners. Together, transforming the life chances of so many young Glaswegians.

Please do share word of our “Bridge to the Future” exhibition with your friends, family and colleagues. It will remain in the Kelvingrove through to the new year. We want even more people to hear the inspiring stories behind the YGT programme.

Can you help? Our city’s young people need a mentor to make a huge difference to their confidence, educational outcomes and future life chances. You’ll guide disadvantaged, but utterly deserving and ambitious, young people through their education. Find out more about Becoming A Mentor (link to be-a-mentor)

Can your organisation help? To become involved in our Talent Taster programme, alongside our partners such as Glasgow Life and The Herald, simply GET INVOLVED! We can’t wait to work with you to offer our city’s most disadvantaged a gateway to an expanding menu of opportunities and tasters of university, college and employment.

We’re always looking for new mentors to reach all the young people coming on board with the programme. Help us spread the word by letting your friends and family know how worthwhile mentoring can be using the ‘share’ buttons below!

Herald Coverage as Glasgow Artist Supports YGT

Saturday, 12th Nov 2016
Category: Herald Campaign

Herald Coverage as Glasgow Artist Supports YGT

In November, Young Glasgow Talent was delighted to unveil our “Bridge to the Future” exhibition at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. The event and exhibition celebrates the commitment and diversity of our phenomenal volunteer mentors and inspiring young people. Encouraging even more Glaswegians to get involved.
You can read more about the event here.

At the centre of the exhibition is an incredible piece by renowned Glasgow artist Gerard M. Burns. Which he donated to YGT. It depicts two of our young people. Symbolising the potential young people can reach when given a bridge of opportunity to overcome their challenges.

The Herald’s coverage of Gerard M. Burn’s can be read below:

Download Article Here


Can you help? Our city’s young people desperately need a mentor to make a huge difference to their confidence, educational outcomes and future life chances. You’ll guide disadvantaged, but utterly deserving and ambitious, young people through their education. Find out more about Becoming A Mentor.

Can your organisation help? To become involved in our Talent Taster programme, alongside our partners such as Glasgow Life and The Herald, simply GET INVOLVED! We can’t wait to work with you to offer our city’s most disadvantaged a gateway to an expanding menu of opportunities and tasters of university, college and employment.

We’re always looking for new mentors to reach all the young people coming on board with the programme. Help us spread the word by letting your friends and family know how worthwhile mentoring can be using the ‘share’ buttons below!

Meet Incredible YGT Mentor Jennifer

Thursday, 10th Nov 2016
Category: Mentoring

Meet Incredible YGT Mentor Jennifer

Young Glasgow Talent is delighted to share with you a piece from Jennifer Cunningham. A YGT mentor of 18 months and a writer, Jennifer emphasises the vital difference mentoring makes. Sharing the moments that sparked mentor mentee relationships. And the lasting impact mentors make. Read her phenomenal piece:


For children in the care system, the official term of “looked after” is too often a cruel irony. Foster parents and residential care staff often do a heroic job against the odds and yet the statistics continue to shame us. People who have been in care as children account for half the prison population, almost half suffer mental illness. They are five times more likely to leave school at 16 or sooner and fewer than half go on to work, college or university when around half of all school-leavers now go into higher education. Most shockingly, they are 20 times more likely to die before the age of 25.

This has prompted the long overdue review of the care system announced by Nicola Sturgeon at the SNP conference last month. To produce change, however, it must include young people too often hidden. They may have been briefly in care and returned home or under supervision orders at home. They and others in difficult situations who are invisible to the “system” have been the focus of the remarkable MCR Pathways programme in Glasgow for the past nine years. The idea is that by pairing the most disadvantaged young with a personal mentor to provide support and be a positive role model, they will increase in confidence and begin to recognise their own potential. Together they will identify the young person’s talents and strengths and chart a path to possible qualifications or jobs. If there are difficulties on the way, it becomes easier to work through them with the support of an adult who is committed to help not judge. Volunteer mentors now support 500 young people in 15 schools in the city.

Read our mentor Jennifer’s feature in The Herald


 

The lightbulb moment came when youngsters involved in the pilot scheme set up by MCR’s founder Iain MacRitchie, were asked what changed their attitude to school. One girl said: “Hur,” pointing to the senior staff member who had kept on her case relentlessly. Suddenly it was crystal clear that the only thing that kept a very troubled youngster at school was the personal relationship. The focus was switched from group support to individual mentors.
The effect was tangible. The staying-on rate in five schools rose to 79% among mentored pupils, compared with 27% for non-mentored but there was also a general rise in the schools where mentoring took place. Glasgow City Council’s education department was convinced and in a commitment to improving the chances for the most disadvantaged pupils, has signed one of the country’s biggest Public Social Partnerships (PSPs), which will see MCR providing mentors in all 30 secondary schools in the city over the next three years.

That will require a considerable increase in mentors. There are currently 300 active in schools with more going through the screening, training and matching process. MacRitchie would like 2000 eventually. It is ambitious but, prompted by the campaign run by The Herald newspaper or inspired by friends and colleagues, 1000 have inquired about volunteering. It is a considerable strength that they form a wide cross-section of the population, with as many under 35 as over 65 and the majority between 35 and 55.

Trusting relationships are the foundation stones for self-belief but cannot be built overnight. Those who have been let down by once-trusted adults are rightly suspicious a new “friend”. Since it’s a voluntary arrangement on both sides, however, there is a willingness to build a bridge. Mentors and young people alike approach the first meeting expecting awkwardness.
Some pairs find common interests quickly as a result of the matching process. I knew my young would-be journalist liked reading but I had not expected him to be clutching a 1000-page novel from the 1940s. Clearly, we would have enough to talk about.

Sharon McIntyre wore green tights for the first meeting, hoping it would start a conversation. “When I first met my 14-year-old mentee, she was pacing round me and swearing a lot. The first thing she said was: ‘I can’t believe what you’re wearing’ and I thought: ‘Thank God’”. It was the beginning of a very positive relationship.

As the welfare reform manager of Wheatley Group, a public agency which includes Glasgow Housing Association and other providers of social housing and mid-market commercial rented property for 200,000 tenants, she is working with MCR to make Wheatley Group one of the models for businesses encouraging staff to become mentors as part of a leadership training programme. Now almost 50 are involved. “I’m trying to move away from the idea that giving an hour a week is a deficit to the idea that it is an asset. They are getting something back, because you definitely feel more productive afterwards. It’s like a wee holiday once a week,” says McIntyre.
There is a wider purpose to this strategic partnership. McIntyre wants to bring about a more integrated working between education, social care and housing. She explains: “Time after time, we are seeing young people coming through and failing in their tenancy because they have no support. We now want to engage with them much earlier about how tenancies work and what is required. Because those involved with MCR are among the most likely to need a tenancy, we are working with mentors so that they can talk through the issues if a housing need arises”.
In addition to the individual mentoring sessions, MCR is working to encourage employers, colleges and universities to become more accessible. The Talent Tasters programme is a series of bite-size work experience sessions for small groups of pupils in S3 and S4. They can then progress to an in-depth session with a manager or try an alternative taster. It’s a typically pragmatic response to the reality that few 14-year-olds know what they want to do for a living and many who have an idea find it does not match reality. It’s an opportunity to try something, with the understanding that it’s alright if they don’t like it because they will have learned something useful about themselves. For those who find something that appeals, it provides the vital gateway to information and advice on how best to get into their chosen field, whether through apprenticeships, college or university. For youngsters in the care system, a mentor is the equivalent of the family friend who secures an internship for well-connected young people.

Others pass on skills, such as chess. A young person who has a mentor working in an industry they are interested in has the equivalent of the family friend who provides advice and perhaps work experience. All mentors provide a listening ear; some suggest how to deal with bullies; some help with school work. One mentor says the highlight for him was when his mentee referred to him as “the guy who helps me get through stuff”.
It’s never plain sailing, of course. Sharon McIntyre says her second mentee had complex relationship problems.

“We talked about everything from anger management and dealing with bullying to how best to look after her younger siblings. There were a lot of ups and downs but it was a social and emotional partnership to build up her resilience”.

That was cemented when her young person said:
“I thought you were going to be someone else telling me what to do. But you’re really just here for me”.

That sums up the whole, deceptively simple basis of MCR. It’s a more focused version of something that has always happened, usually in workplaces. Sharon herself might well have remained in secretarial work had her first boss not pushed her to apply to university
There is now a legion of young Glaswegians who have moved on to some form of training or study and say that without mentoring they would have no prospects. Some have been so empowered that they “When I wanted to give up on everything including school, my mentor helped me strive for my best and stick in at school. I’m now doing an HNC at college and loving it,” is a typical comment but that young man omitted to say that he now feels so confident that he has become a mentor.

When mentees don’t have much to laugh about, fun is an essential part of the mix. One mentor recalls a meeting which ended with her mentee asking to be excused early to collect a punishment exercise. In answer to the query: “What did you do?” came that teenage standby “Nuthin”. It was followed by a pause then a devastating: “That was the problem”. The mentor had to laugh in appreciation of the “perfect comic timing”.
There is no lack of commitment on the part of mentors. The First Minister appeared to be on the same page when she called for a commitment to our most vulnerable children, pointing that they don’t need a system that just stops things happening to them but one that makes things happen for them and gives them a sense of belonging. There is a model already in place. It just needs more of us for an hour a week.”

We have more young people signing up for Young Glasgow Talent’s help. They need mentors to make a huge difference to their confidence, educational outcomes and future life chances. Can you help them and join amazing people like Jennifer and Sharon? And simply be there for a young person? Find out more about becoming a mentor.

Can your organisation help? To become involved in our Talent Taster programme, alongside our partners such as The Herald, simply Get Involved.

We’re always looking for new mentors to reach all the new young people who are coming on board with the programme. Help us spread the word by letting your friends and family know how worthwhile mentoring can be!

Read our November Newsletter Here!

Tuesday, 08th Nov 2016
Category: Mentoring

Read our November Newsletter Here!

2016 has been a phenomenal year for Young Glasgow Talent. More young people in our city than ever before have been getting the support they deserve. And over 1000 Glaswegians have pledged to help the young people in our city that most need it.

In our latest newsletter, we look back at some of the incredible highlights of the year. And we look forward. There are over 3500 looked after young people across the city. Young Glasgow Talent won’t stop until every single one is getting the support that will ensure they find, grow and use their fantastic talents.


Download our November Newsletter


Can you help? Our city’s young people need a mentor to make a huge difference to their confidence, educational outcomes and future life chances. You’ll guide disadvantaged, but utterly deserving and ambitious, young people through their education. Find out more about Becoming A Mentor.

Can your organisation help? To become involved in our Talent Taster programme, alongside our partners such as Glasgow Life and The Herald, simply GET INVOLVED! We can’t wait to work with you to offer our city’s most disadvantaged a gateway to an expanding menu of opportunities and tasters of university, college and employment.

We’re always looking for new mentors to reach all the young people coming on board with the programme. Help us spread the word by letting your friends and family know how worthwhile mentoring can be using the ‘share’ buttons below!

Design Talent Taster at The Loft

Wednesday, 02nd Nov 2016
Category: Mentoring

Design Talent Taster at The Loft

It’s a clear autumn morning in October. I’m waiting outside South Block, an artist’s collective based in Osborne Street near Glasgow’s Merchant City, for today’s Talent Taster students.

The four young people are from secondary schools across Glasgow. All have an interest in art and creative industries. They’re here for a ‘Design / Web design’ session at The Loft run by creative entrepreneur Benedetto Bordone. Benedetto is going to help the young people design their own personal brand. This is going to be great!

Talent Tasters, by MCR Pathways, are two to three hour sessions for secondary school students who want to learn more about the jobs they think they might want when they’re adults. The Talent Taster team is working with organisations like Wheatley Group, the Citizens Theatre, The Loft and many, many more to deliver these sessions. The aim is to create a spark in the young people that will make them want to stay on in school, gain qualifications and get the job (and life) of their dreams.

Back to the Loft…

We all make our way upstairs to the airy, bright studio where Benedetto and his team work. They work with organisations like Alexander Dennis, Percepta, worldwide software companies, whisky distillers and global automotive companies on their brands, websites, publications and videos. The team of 5 does the work of 20 but they’ve set aside the whole morning to work with our Young Glasgow Talent to help them find, grow and use their talent. We can’t thank them enough.

Benedetto first takes the group of young people on a tour of South Block, showing the youngsters what a creative work space is like. It’s an amazing place – there’s even a ping pong table.

Then he pairs each of the young people up with one of his designers: Reiss, Aiste, Charlie and Adèle. They’re given an introduction to the creative process from mood boards to finished products.

It’s amazing to watch. The young people come out of their shells, start chatting, interacting, engaging, having fun. This is what we at MCR Pathways have always known. Young people just blossom when they get one to one attention from someone who cares. That’s why mentoring works.

The personal branding exercise starts with a questionnaire. What’s your name? What’s your favourite colour? What’s special about you? What logos can you think of? What are your hobbies? This is followed by a creative exercise as the young people start to design their logos based on who they are. Suddenly the room is quiet. You can hear the scratching of pencils. Quiet laughing. Intense discussions between the designers and young people. Everyone is smiling.

It’s time to fire up the Macs – we’re going to use Adobe Illustrator to make the young people’s sketches real. There’s some amazing, really inspired work here. We’ve got one young man whose personal brand is his glasses and hairline. It looks amazing. A young woman on the Taster has created a flowing, stylised version of her first initial – K – cutting through a bevelled rectangle. It’s really beautiful. The designers scan in the sketches by the young people and start work on making the finished, professionally-designed product.

You can see a light in the young people’s eyes – they’re watching the designers closely, taking it all in. It’s such a buzz for everyone. Their designs are becoming real.

And all too quickly, it’s over, but the young people have something great to take back with them – their own personal brand – and a more realistic view of what it means to be a designer. You get the feeling some lives might have been changed for the better today.

Young Glasgow Talent Exhibition All Set for Kelvingrove!

Wednesday, 02nd Nov 2016
Category: Mentoring

Young Glasgow Talent Exhibition All Set for Kelvingrove!

2016 has been a spectacular year for Young Glasgow Talent. Over 500 young people across the city are now getting the support they deserve. The 1000th volunteer has pledged to help our young people. And with Glasgow City Council, more YGT Pioneering Partners have committed to one simple ambition – that care experienced and disadvantaged young people have the same education outcomes, career opportunities and life chances as any other young person.

Going above and beyond, Glasgow Life are hosting the YGT event and space in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. From November until the new year, you’ll be able to visit our “Bridge to the Future” Community Exhibition event. Our exhibition will celebrate the diversity of phenomenal volunteer mentors. Inspiring more people in Glasgow to get involved. Truly fulfilling its role as “the caring city”.

We’ll showcase the success of our resilient YGT young people, our truly motivated YGT volunteer mentors, and committed partners such as Wheatley Group, SECC, City Building and the University of Strathclyde. Just a few of the many Glasgow organisations fully behind YGT. Together, transforming the life chances of so many young Glaswegians.

Our opening night will be a spectacular celebration on 10th November. The inspiration behind the evening and the exhibition is the incredible “Bridge to the Future” painting by Gerard M. Burns. A Scottish painter of world renown and a graduate of Glasgow School of Art, Burns is one of Scotland’s best known portrait artists. He has been heralded as one of the country’s leading artists of the human condition, straddling the world of representational painting and the world of conceptual art.

Similar to his other works, the painting is highly realistic, perhaps even photographic. However like all Burns’ work each of the pictorial elements contains a deeper symbolic meaning. The intention is to provoke an emotional response and that the whole becomes much greater than the sum of the parts.

Burns’ piece captures the spirit of Young Glasgow Talent from our young person’s perspective. The painting’s models are Liam and Nicole. Former pupils of St. Andrew’s secondary in the city’s East End, they were among the very first young people to join the YGT programme. It depicts two young people who have overcome multiple challenges and disadvantages to find, grow and use their talents. They create a human bridge and strong relationship bond. They point the way to a brighter future whilst beckoning to others to join them. The Glasgow backdrop, sharp contrasts and dividing river are bridged, representing MCR’s passion and commitment to connect all talent with opportunity and overcome inequality.

Other special objects will be celebrated in the Community Space of the Kelvingrove. The exhibition encompasses all that is unique and special about YGT. Young Glasgow Talent is delighted to premiere an artwork by YGT young person Wali at the event. A phenomenal artist, he will introduce his work on 10th November. It will reflect the incredible relationship between a young person and their mentor.

Meet Wali and hear more about his incredible work here:

The objects within the exhibition tell the story of YGT mentors and how they engage with their young people. Supporting them to find, grow and use their talents. Mentors really do change lives. Their motivation, commitment and resilience inspires. The everyday objects in this exhibition became a focus, an escape, a way to build confidence. They shine a light on the simple but innovative ways mentoring matters.

Young people’s artwork from the different participating schools will also be on display, showing the creative talents among the mentored young people in the programme.

Films will showcase both artists, Gerard and Wali, mentors and young people. Meeting the people that make a real difference to the city. And the origins of the charity.

Glasgow Life has made an invaluable commitment to MCR Pathways’ Young Glasgow Talent programme. This major Pioneering Partnership will reach YGT young people in multiple ways. Firstly, Glasgow Life are actively encouraging staff to mentor, offering young people dedicated and caring support. Someone that is there for the young person, listens to them and supports them through their education. Helping them find, grow and use their talents. Secondly Glasgow Life offer a fabulous range of invaluable experiences to the YGT young people through the Talent Taster programme.

Finally they will provide additional opportunities for young people to access arts, culture and sport events and activities across the city. Ensuring YGT young people enjoy and can participate in a wide range of experiences they would never have accessed before.

A huge thank you to Glasgow Life for their commitment and to hosting a Young Glasgow Talent exhibition space at one of the city’s finest venues.

It is a wonderful opportunity for YGT to share the amazing stories of our young people and mentors. And to encourage more people in the city to join us in transforming the lives of the city’s young people.

We have many more young people signing up for Young Glasgow Talent’s help. They need mentors to make a huge difference to their confidence, educational outcomes and future life chances. Can you help them? You’ll guide disadvantaged, but utterly deserving and ambitious, young people through their education. Find out more about Becoming A Mentor.

Can your organisation help? To become involved in our Talent Taster programme, alongside our partners such as Glasgow Life and The Herald, simply GET INVOLVED! We can’t wait to work with you to offer our city’s most disadvantaged a gateway to an expanding menu of opportunities and tasters of university, college and employment.

We’re always looking for new mentors to reach all the new young people who are coming on board with the programme. Help us spread the word by letting your friends and family know how worthwhile mentoring can be using the ‘share’ buttons below!

Brand New Taster Opens Manufacturing to YGT

Monday, 31st Oct 2016
Category: Mentoring

Brand New Taster Opens Manufacturing to YGT

As well as providing a volunteer mentor for every care experienced young person in Glasgow, Young Glasgow Talent is committed to delivering Talent Tasters. Thanks to our phenomenal partners, businesses throughout Glasgow introduce our young people to a taste of the working world, in a field they’d like to work in.

These Taster opportunities build on the proven success of our volunteer mentoring programme by offering S3 and S4 young people the opportunity to try their hands at the jobs of their choice.

The experiences are immeasurable for confidence building and creating sparks of interest and motivation. Disadvantaged young people in Glasgow are getting the chance to find their talents and make a success of their lives.

The first Talent Taster of the 2016/17 academic year was delivered by Marshall Brown – a successful family-owned window fabrication business based in Bishopbriggs. The company manufactures doors, windows and fire screens – sometimes on a massive scale – for construction firms across the country.

The response from our young people was overwhelmingly positive, with one young man from Smithycroft Secondary saying he would like to follow this career path when he finishes school.

“My favourite part of the taster was learning about the machinery because it was complicated” YGT young person.

“The Taster went really well. My YGT young person is very interested in this as a future career now!” YGT Pathways Coordinator.


Talent Tasters are two to three hour sessions for small groups of young people from schools across Glasgow. The Tasters they attend are based on the young people’s own choices, helping them build a better understanding of what it takes to get their dream jobs.

Our pilot Tasters with partners such as Glasgow Life and The Herald throughout 2015/16 were extremely successful. Inspiring our young people. Providing them with a focus when they return to school. Knowing what to study at school and beyond to reach their desired pathway.

A huge THANK YOU to Marshall Brown for offering this opportunity to our young people. Please keep your eyes peeled for more news on our Taster programme over the next few weeks as more amazing Glasgow businesses open their doors to our utterly deserving young people.

We have more young people signing up for Young Glasgow Talent’s help. They need mentors to make a huge difference to their confidence, educational outcomes and future life chances. Can you help them? Find out more about becoming a mentor.

Can your organisation help? To become involved in our Talent Taster programme, alongside our partners such as The Herald, simply go to the Get Involved section of www.youngglasgowtalent.org.

We’re always looking for new mentors to reach all the new young people who are coming on board with the programme. Help us spread the word by letting your friends and family know how worthwhile mentoring can be!

Young YGT Hero Accelerates To Positive Pathway

Thursday, 27th Oct 2016
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Young YGT Hero Accelerates To Positive Pathway

Weegie Heroes has been an inspiring YGT experience. We’ve heard incredible stories from every kind of volunteer and organisation that makes our mentoring programme so successful. Showing the fantastic work Glaswegians from all over the city are putting into helping the young people who live here. Some of the most moving stories have come from our young people. This one is no exception!

Today we’re sharing an amazing story of motivation, commitment and resilience. Our young person produced this with her Pathways Coordinator, Louise. Based in every YGT school, each of our PCs support our mentors who are guiding and helping our young people. The young person in this PC’s school has just finished her exams and achieved some truly fantastic results. It’s a testament to the true power of mentoring. Here’s their story:

“I’m Louise, a Pathways Coordinator based in Saint Mungo’s. Amy* and I worked together on her application to the University of Strathclyde’s Accelerate programme. The programme is held at the University, for pupils at the end of S4, S5 and S6 thinking about going. It aims to provide a targeted focus on the pupils’ chosen area of academic interest, giving them a head start on the road to their chosen career. Amy applied to Accelerate 1 to take part in the Psychology Challenge. At the end of the week I received an email from Iain (Widening Participation at Strathclyde) to let me know that Amy had been voted the Most Outstanding Pupil in the Psychology challenge by the staff and student mentors on the programme. Amy is hoping to go on and study Psychology at university and this is a great first step for her!”

Well done Amy! This programme is a fantastic opportunity for young people like Amy who have aspirations of university. Young Glasgow Talent and our volunteer mentors help young people like Amy discover their spark for university. To support them as they take their first steps towards their further and higher education dreams.

Our Pioneering Partners, the University of Strathclyde, also ensure our young people meet others dreaming of going to university.

Here’s what Amy had to say about her experience:

“I applied for the Accelerate programme because I wanted an inside view of life at university. I am really interested in studying Psychology, so the Psychology challenge was the obvious choice. I was nervous when I first arrived, but within the first hour I knew I was exactly where I was supposed to be. It was so cool to be surrounded by people who were interested in the same things as me. I made a lot of friends and I still keep in contact with them through group chats and stuff. We always let each other know what grades we are getting and arrange to meet up at different open days.

We got to meet lecturers who taught all different types of psychology and learned about so many interesting things. I loved it! We learned how to write university-style essays and were given one to complete for a deadline 2 weeks after the programme ended. I completed mine and got 64% – I was really pleased with this for my first ever university essay! It also got me credits towards my degree for when I start university in 2 years.

I wasn’t expecting there to be an award at the end of the week and I definitely didn’t think I was going to win! I thought the prize would go to the person with the most knowledge about psychology, but they picked me because I was enthusiastic and asked so many questions. My hand was up all the time! I loved the whole experience and it has really made me realise that Psychology is what I want to do when I leave school.”

*Child’s name has been changed to protect their identity.

We have many more young people signing up for Young Glasgow Talent’s help. Inspiring and determined people like Amy. Who need mentors to make a huge difference to their confidence, educational outcomes and future life chances. Can you help them? You’ll guide disadvantaged, but utterly deserving and ambitious, young people through their education. Find out more about Becoming A Mentor.

We’re always looking for new mentors to reach all the new young people who are coming on board with the programme. Help us spread the word by letting your friends and family know how worthwhile mentoring can be using the ‘share’ buttons below!

Can your organisation help? To become involved in our Talent Taster programme, alongside our partners such as Glasgow Life and The Herald, simply GET INVOLVED! We can’t wait to work with you to offer our city’s most disadvantaged a gateway to an expanding menu of opportunities and tasters of university, college and employment.

Meet YGT's Young Heroes!

Tuesday, 25th Oct 2016
Category: General

Meet YGT's Young Heroes!

Weegie Heroes has been an inspiring YGT experience. Throughout our celebration, we’ve heard incredible stories from every kind of person and organisation involved in our programme. They have all been fantastic, and show the fantastic work Glaswegians from all over the city are putting into helping the young people who live here. Some of the most moving stories have come from our young people. This one is no exception!

Today we’re sharing an amazing story of commitment, motivation and resilience. This story was written by our Pathways Coordinator, Danielle. Based in every YGT school, each of our PCs support our mentors who are guiding and helping our young people. The young person in this PC’s school has just finished her exams and achieved some truly fantastic results. It’s a testament to the true power of mentoring. Here’s their story:

“It is with great delight that I am writing about one of my very hardworking and inspirational young people, Chloe*. Chloe has recently shown astounding motivation, commitment and resilience when she performed exceptionally well in her recent exams, despite enormous pressure.  My young person is a carer for her mother.  Chloe also suffers from health issues herself, which cause her a lot of pain when she takes on too much at once.

Chloe was referred to me by her Pastoral Care Teacher as she felt that Chloe could really benefit from the support of a mentor. When I first met her, she was very down at the time and seemed like she had the weight of the world on her shoulders. To begin with, she was quite dubious about mentoring but with a little coaxing, she decided to give it a try. Shortly after that, she was matched with her mentor Jacqui, who Chloe feels has helped her massively. Being able to talk to Jacqui about her family and her school work has really helped Chloe to cope and to remain focussed on achieving her potential.  Jacqui helped Chloe with exam preparation and also helped her to look at courses which she hopes to apply to this academic year.

Being a young carer can be an extremely tough challenge at times, however Chloe balanced her responsibilities whilst undertaking four Highers and a NAT 5 last year.  Chloe also took part in a course at the University of Strathclyde called the Access to a Career in Teaching Programme which is a course that she commits herself to every week as she has her sights set firmly on a career as a Teacher when she finishes S6 in June 2017 (either Primary School or an English Teacher).  Therefore it is truly amazing that in the face of all of this adversity and enormous pressure that Chloe achieved a tremendous 3A’s and 2B’s for her Highers and NAT 5 for her 2016 exams… what an achievement!

Chatting to Chloe now, I see a huge difference from the girl who I first met. She has grown so much in confidence and she finally believes that she is capable of doing whatever she sets her mind to. This time last year, she predicted that she would perhaps manage to get C’s in her exams so she is so proud that she managed to do so well.  It is lovely to see her smiling and she has really come out of her shell and I really believe that Jacqui has had a lot do with that. I can’t thank Jacqui enough for the support she has given Chloe so far, and I can’t wait to see what they will achieve together this term.

I am so proud of Chloe and what she has achieved this year.  She persisted where many people would have given up and her triumph is a reflection of the inspirational young lady that she is growing up to be.  She has made so much progress since she joined the YGT mentoring programme and she continues to set herself more challenges. This year she has her sights set on achieving 4 more Highers within school and even Advanced Higher English at night classes at college.  Chloe is the epitome of Young Glasgow Talent and she personally demonstrates just how far you can go in life if you have motivation, commitment and resilience… you go girl!”

*Child’s name has been changed to protect their identity.

We have many more young people signing up for Young Glasgow Talent’s help. They need mentors to make a huge difference to their confidence, educational outcomes and future life chances. Can you help them? You’ll guide disadvantaged, but utterly deserving and ambitious, young people through their education. Find out more about Becoming A Mentor.

We’re always looking for new mentors to reach all the new young people who are coming on board with the programme. Help us spread the word by letting your friends and family know how worthwhile mentoring can be using the ‘share’ buttons below!

Can your organisation help? To become involved in our Talent Taster programme, alongside our partners such as Glasgow Life and The Herald, simply GET INVOLVED! We can’t wait to work with you to offer our city’s most needy a gateway to an expanding menu of opportunities and tasters of university, college and employment.

Meet Phenomenal Weegie Hero Afonso

Monday, 24th Oct 2016
Category: Mentoring

Meet Phenomenal Weegie Hero Afonso

What makes a Weegie Hero? It’s someone who goes above and beyond with Young Glasgow Talent. Our young people go above and beyond every day, taking the time to bond with their mentors. Investing so much into their futures.

These relationships have many positive outcomes, sometimes in the shape of a huge boost in confidence, sometimes it comes with opportunities for the young people. Such as going together to Talent Tasters that are of interest, or spending time figuring out what our their dream career is.

It has been shown time and again the incredible impact a supportive relationship can have on a young person. Especially when it comes to helping work towards positive destinations after school. Just an hour a week with someone who is there just for a young person can help shape their future to something they can’t wait to work hard towards.

We’ve been lucky enough to catch some time with Afonso, a truly inspirational young person who’s found the perfect mentor for him. He’s learned a lot from Craig, who has been there to help Afonso figure out what his dream job is and support him towards that aspiration. After learning so much about Craig’s work at National Rail, Afonso has decided to follow in his footsteps! Having now landed a scholarship with the company as he commences his HNC in Manufacturing Engineering before he’ll complete his HND in Mechanical Engineering.

A huge congratulations to Afonso, and Craig, for making the most of their relationship. It shows yet again the transformative power of mentoring! Listen to Afonso tell the story himself here.

We have many more young people signing up for Young Glasgow Talent’s help. They need mentors to make a huge difference to their confidence, educational outcomes and future life chances. Can you help them? You’ll guide ambitious young people through their education. Find out more about Becoming A Mentor.

We’re always looking for new mentors to reach all the new young people who are coming on board with the programme. Help us spread the word by letting your friends and family know how worthwhile mentoring can be!

Can your organisation help? To become involved in our Talent Taster programme, alongside our partners such as Glasgow Life and The Herald, simply GET INVOLVED! We can’t wait to work with you to offer our city’s young people a gateway to an expanding menu of opportunities and tasters of university, college and employment!

YGT Young People Get a Summer Taste of Strathclyde

Friday, 30th Sep 2016
Category: Mentoring

YGT Young People Get a Summer Taste of Strathclyde

Every summer, Young Glasgow Talent delivers our Strathclyde Summer Experience in partnership with Strathclyde University. The latest experience followed our Strathclyde Higher Education Taster from earlier in the year, where YGT young people toured the campus, learned about university life and got some fantastic advice from Strathclyde staff.

Young Glasgow Talent is completely committed to ensuring our young people are supported every step of the way when it comes to finding and following their chosen pathway. As well as providing a volunteer mentor to support them through their education, this means offering Taster experiences. Developing Tasters with our Partners ensures every young person can participate in and explore the pathway of their future. Nothing will be too overwhelming or daunting, that’s where these Taster opportunities really shine! They help provide the confidence and understanding needed to take that leap into higher education after high school.


Following YGT’s first ever Higher Education Talent Taster, was the Strathclyde Summer Experience. The Summer Experience was about giving YGT young people an even bigger taste of learning and living as a student. The Taster was put together by Strathclyde’s very own student mentors, working with the Young Glasgow Talent team. Split into groups and mixing young people with other YGT schools, pupils completed various tasks together as part of an amazing project. Those attending had just finished S3 and were moving in to S4 after the summer holidays. The perfect time to explore as much of university life as possible. To spark inspiration. To understand what their pathway to uni will look like. They all have Higher Education potential – if that’s what they want to pursue.

The two day Summer Experience additionally sets our young people up for the Strathclyde Accelerate programme which will be available to them next year. While these two Summer Experience days were about offering a broad look at the subjects available, the Accelerate programme will focus on young peoples’ preferred areas of study.

Day 1 of the Summer Experience was an induction recap for those that had attended the Higher Education Taster at Strathclyde just a few weeks earlier. Working through some university myth-busters before taking in a tour of the huge grounds.

The next element of the myth busting session consisted of some artistic requirements. The future students created an image that reflected and addressed any worries or fears that they had about going to university. Highlighting everything that they had to look forward to! They also created their own character. Using their artistic skills they deliberated and decided upon their character’s unique pathway to university and beyond. Thinking through the options that are open to the young people, they discussed whether their character would leave school in 5th or 6th year, whether they would take a gap year in between – appreciating just how many options there are when planning to go to university. They chose a subject of study for their character, which faculty they would pursue, whether they would even mix their subjects (Spanish and Law were considered for Group 4’s exercise). Would the character move to the university’s halls of residence, would they own their own flat or stay at home? Would their character work while studying – or would they consider working throughout their four months of summer holidays instead?

The next stage of the day was the Business Experience exercise. The YPs learned the essential 4Ps of business – product, price, place and promotion. They would create their very own product, outline a marketing campaign for it and present to all the other groups.

The Engineering challenge was next up for the YPs. Team work, researching, planning and construction skills were required as the challenge involved the development of a prototype bridge crossing a river. With a chief engineer also elected by each group. As well as exploring university subjects, it was an opportunity to enhance team working and leadership skills.

Day 1 came to a fantastic end with dinner and ten-pin bowling for the young people and their schools’ Pathways Coordinators.

Then, we were ready to roll on to Day 2. The task of the day was a Web Design project, a futuristic challenge that truly inspired! Split into groups, each group had two teams. The Creative Team and the Tech Team, providing something for all tastes. The first task was to decide what the website would be about, and then “wire framing” the site. A term used to plan the content layout for the website before you create it.

The Tech team then went on a website coding tutorial, and learned about content production. Meanwhile the Creative team gathered images. Topics ranged from university life on campus, to help with budgeting and finances. The Tech team was then tasked with putting together the website designed by the Creatives.

At the end of the day the young people delivered fantastic presentations showcasing what they had achieved!

This University of Strathclyde experience let our young people explore the many subjects and opportunities the university pathway offers. Students left knowing more about what they want to do. Feeling confident about how to achieve their higher education aspirations. A vital stepping stone to pursuing a university education.

We’d like to say a huge THANK YOU to the University of Strathclyde for providing such an informative and engaging experience for YGT young people.

Strathclyde has gone above and beyond for YGT over the years, and not just by providing Talent Tasters and summer experiences. They also provide an amazing array of support for YGT. Including mandatory volunteering as part of their Management Development Programmes for students. This has the amazing benefit of providing undergraduate students with experience of the third sector, while they contribute business and marketing knowledge to YGT! And the university also supports staff to become mentors to our young people. Ensuring quality support for school pupils who will overcome their disadvantage through discovering their talents and remaining engaged with their education.

We have many more young people signing up for Young Glasgow Talent’s help. They need mentors to make a huge difference to their confidence, educational outcomes and future life chances. Can you help them? You’ll guide disadvantaged, but utterly deserving and ambitious, young people through their education. Find out more about Becoming A Mentor.

We’re always looking for new mentors to reach all the new young people who are coming on board with the programme. Help us spread the word by letting your friends and family know how worthwhile mentoring can be!

Can your organisation help? To become involved in our Talent Taster programme, alongside our partners such as Glasgow Life and The Herald, simply GET INVOLVED! We can’t wait to work with you to offer our city’s most needy a gateway to an expanding menu of opportunities and tasters of university, college and employment.

Meet Nicole, YGT’s Weegie Hero

Thursday, 29th Sep 2016
Category: General

Meet Nicole, YGT’s Weegie Hero

Everyone involved in Young Glasgow Talent is a Weegie Hero. Someone who goes above and beyond for our young people, to help them secure a brighter and better future. Of course, the young people themselves are Weegie Heroes. Overcoming adversity and taking charge of their own futures.

Nicole was one of our programme’s earliest young people. Disillusioned and disengaged with school, she was unsure of the amazing talent she actually had. She was so capable. But struggled to find the courage to try. Glasgow has so many heroes who mentor and stand behind every single one of our young people. There just to listen to them. To support them. Ensuring they have the same educational outcomes, career opportunities and life chances as every other young person. Can you be a hero? Will you join us?


Nicole is now a qualified care worker. A college graduate, she has won awards for her contributions to her local community. She was even recognised at the Scottish Parliament!

Here’s her experience:

“Growing up, my childhood wasn’t one of the best. A lot of close family members passed away and it was just a really tough time for my mum and dad. There were other factors and complications within the family home. However a positive side to my childhood would be that we were a close bonded family. Growing up with a big sister, big brother and little sister, allowed me to have individuals to speak to. People who were going through the same situation. They allowed me to confide in them when times got hard at home.

I had aspirations to become a policewoman, but had started to slowly become disengaged at school and my attendance became a worry. When I started meeting with my mentor, at first I found it hard to trust anyone or open up. I found it difficult to tell her what was happening in my family home as I didn’t know her that well.

My relationship grew with her when I realised that she had hope and belief in me, more than I did for myself. She was persistent and continued to try to help me even when I became disengaged and stuck in my bedroom. Donna stuck by me and didn’t tell me that I wasn’t good enough for the police force – she continued to inform me of how sticking in at school would benefit my future.

Once I left school I participated in the MCR Pathways programme, which allowed me to meet new contacts and got me into another programme called Tomorrow’s People. There, I learned the skills and gained the necessary experience to move into work. This included building and supporting projects within my own community. I won an award at the Scottish Parliament for my work in this programme.

I then applied to a college course Intermediate 1 in Child, Health and Social Care and was extremely surprised when I got offered a place after my interview. Whilst at college and doing my part-time job I did some volunteering. I won the Action for Children Community Woman of Influence award for volunteering for different organisations and overcoming the statistics stacked against me. I achieved a grade A for my intermediate 1 and then completed my 2nd, 3rd and 4th years at Glasgow Kelvin College, completing my HNC in Care and Administrative Practice by June 2016.

Since the beginning of my journey, I have participated in and completed two MCR Internships and have just been accepted to University to study for my 3 year degree in Adult Nursing.

Throughout my time with MCR Pathways I have encountered many different experiences and opportunities. Every day was different. One day I was in the office, the next I was outdoors joining in with the summer activities, being a photographer whilst enjoying the many different activities MCR Pathways had lined up for their summer programme. I was supporting the next generation of the programme’s young people. Challenging fears such as heights, hanging off rocks and taking pictures when the young people were abseiling, cycling and canoeing. I was even convinced to go pony trekking!

After building up my skills and confidence I was asked to be a Young Glasgow Talent ambassador. This allowed me to speak about my life story and my achievements. I love expressing to other young people and potential mentors how MCR Pathways helped me become a motivated individual and helping influence other young people. I’ve been working with school leavers, creating a transition plan and online community so that the young people have a guideline and information with their next steps. Helping them into positive destinations, like I was once helped.

For me, the MCR team are like family. I have even worked with the project director and founder of MCR Pathways. I have had the privilege of attending many events and doing talks for organisations such as the Scottish Funding Council, Wheatley Group and STV Live. With this, I have been able to meet some amazing and inspirational people over the years.”

We have many more phenomenal young people like Nicole who need Young Glasgow Talent’s help. They need mentors to make a huge difference to their confidence, educational outcomes and future life chances. Can you help them? You’ll guide utterly deserving and ambitious, young people, who are facing some challenges, through their education. Find out more and BECOME A MENTOR!

Can your organisation help? Meet Glasgow’s next generation of workers in our Talent Taster programme. You’ll deliver Tasters alongside our partners such as Glasgow Life and The Herald. To find our more GET INVOLVED!

We’re always looking for new mentors to reach all the new young people who are coming on board with the programme. Help us spread the word by letting your friends and family know how worthwhile mentoring can be!

A Taste of College Life at Kelvin

Friday, 16th Sep 2016
Category: Mentoring

A Taste of College Life at Kelvin

As part of Young Glasgow Talent’s Talent Taster experiences, we’ve been working with our fantastic Pioneering Partner, Glasgow Kelvin College. Tasters are a ground-breaking initiative that offers our young people the chance to explore the world of work, college and university. Experiences that will spark aspirations!

Moving onto college after secondary school is such an exciting step for any young person, and making that transition is something YGT is striving to make as easy as possible. A huge part of this is having a taste of college before you decide to go, as well as seeing how you feel about the course you have your eye on.

On our most recent batch of Tasters, 32 YGT young people attended Glasgow Kelvin. An amazing number of young people taking charge of their future. Everything from beauty, hairdressing, construction and engineering was available for them to try out! Perfect timing as those on the Taster were leaving S3 and moving on to S4 – the right time to start thinking about college and if that’s the pathway for you!

The young people were each able to get ‘hands on’ experiences of what their courses would be like. In construction they were busy roofing! Part of a project put together by Glasgow Kelvin College especially for the Talent Taster. The future hairdressers worked with mannequin heads and got to try their hands at blow drying hair. While those on the beauty Taster were led through an entire nail art manicure class. During the engineering session the young people were given a real taste of the basics of engineering and had the opportunity to forge their own metal ring. A huge change from their normal school classes, these YGT young people really got a feel for what college will be like for them if they pursue that pathway.

We had some amazing feedback from the young people, proving that Talent Tasters are opening up young people to their chosen pathways. The practical experience brought their aspirations to life, leaving them feeling inspired!

S3 Pupil, St Roch’s: “I chose construction at the FE Taster because I like building things. This is a job I would like to do when I leave school. The physical part of the Taster was the best part, there was nothing that I didn’t like.”

S3 Pupil, Smithycroft: “I enjoyed the FE Taster because I find hairdressing interesting and I would like to do it in the future. Styling the hair was the best part of the FE Taster. I liked all of [the experience].”

Glasgow Kelvin was delighted with the opportunity to welcome YGT young people to their campus to experience real college life. Every single response outlined how much the youngsters had enjoyed their visit and have new inspirations and ambitions for Further Education. YGT would like to extend a huge thank you to Glasgow Kelvin College for supporting Glasgow’s disadvantaged young people to find, grow and use their talents and follow their chosen pathway.
“We are pleased to be very vocal in our support of the Principal Alan Sherry, the management and staff of Glasgow Kelvin. They are standout in their commitment to reach the most disadvantaged and disengaged young people in Glasgow. Many MCR young people have benefitted greatly from the college’s commitment to inclusion, the broadest access and having flexible learning models.” – Iain MacRitchie, MCR Pathways.

Alan Sherry, Principal of the College explained that “The Pioneering Partnership is a strategic commitment where we are not only encouraging staff to become MCR Pathways mentors, but working with MCR to develop even more targeted, exciting and engaging learning opportunities. We will second staff across to the core MCR team to help implement and embed all the commitments. We will also extend the use of our facilities and resources to help train the expanding mentor communities and develop the access options for these young people.
“Partnership working lies at the heart of effective services for some of our most vulnerable
young people. They are often the most disengaged but we have the experience and locations
across the city where they can access and engage with the support services they need. Glasgow
Kelvin College and MCR Pathways in partnership will ensure that all young people have access
to education that suits them and a pathway to a brighter future,” – Alan Sherry, Glasgow Kelvin College.

We have many more young people signing up for Young Glasgow Talent’s help. They need mentors to make a huge difference to their confidence, educational outcomes and future life chances. Can you help them? You’ll guide disadvantaged, but utterly deserving and ambitious, young people through their education. Find out more about Becoming A Mentor.

Can your organisation provide a Talent Taster? We’re looking to partner successful organisations who might be willing to run short, interactive job ‘‘talent taster’ sessions for young people in S3 and S4 at secondary school. We’re already working with RBS, Santander, Wheatley Group and Glasgow Life to deliver these groundbreaking events. Can you join the ranks of our Talent Taster partners? We would love to work with you! Please call the Taster Team on 0141 276 6251 or email TTTeam@MCRPathways.org.

We’re always looking for new mentors to reach all the new young people who are coming on board with the programme. Help us spread the word by letting your friends and family know how worthwhile mentoring can be!

Meet Our Weegie Hero Alan

Thursday, 15th Sep 2016
Category: Mentoring

Meet Our Weegie Hero Alan

Our amazing mentor, Alan MacDonald, is this week’s #weegiehero! A mentor for over 2 years, Alan has shown incredible commitment to Young Glasow Talent. He’s gone above and beyond for his young person, as well as the YGT cause. You might remember him from his great Volunteer Week interview or recognise him in our fantastic new forthcoming marketing materials (keep your eyes peeled!)

Taking part in the recent photoshoot, Alan is supporting our Talent Tasters as we bring on more and more dedicated organisations across Glasgow. Tasters are a radical new approach to work experience, giving YGT young people a few hours’ experience of a job they’d love to try. Then a further half a day experiencing more of that field if they know it’s for them, or a shot at something new if it’s not!

Like a true Weegie Hero, Alan has offered some amazing insight into why he believes mentoring is so important. He’s starred in his very own Weegie Heroes themed video. The perfect way to showcase Alan’s amazing outlook and dedication.

As we move forward with our Public Social Partnership with Glasgow City Council (read more HERE), we’re discovering the “uncapped potential” Alan talks about. Glasgow has so many incredible people living and working here, with a host of different skills, able to truly help the disadvantaged young people of this city. Mentoring really does make the difference, raising attainment and changing lives for the better.

“Many employers are encouraging their employees to volunteer on projects like YGT. So, if you want to put something back into life, don’t hesitate and get in touch with the programme management team. You won’t regret it!”

We have many more young people that need Young Glasgow Talent’s help. They need mentors like you and like Alan, to make a huge difference to their confidence, educational outcomes and future life chances. Can you help them? You’ll guide disadvantaged, but utterly deserving and ambitious, young people through their education. Find out more about Becoming A Mentor.

We’re always looking for new mentors to reach all the new young people who are coming on board with the programme. Help us spread the word by letting your friends and family know how worthwhile mentoring can be!

Can your organisation help? To become involved in our Talent Taster programme, alongside our partners such as Glasgow Life and The Herald, simply GET INVOLVED!!! We can’t wait to work with you to offer our city’s most needy a gateway to an expanding menu of opportunities and tasters of , college, university and employment.

Meet Our Weegie Hero Tricia!

Monday, 05th Sep 2016
Category: Mentoring

Meet Our Weegie Hero Tricia!

It’s time to meet another Weegie Hero. Tricia McShane, a Wheatley employee, mentor of one year, and inspired YGT advocate! Tricia recently went above and beyond for YGT, by representing Wheatley Group , our committed Pioneering Partner, in a new photoshoot. Soon to be revealed, the pictures highlight the unbreakable bond between YGT young people and the amazing organisations that provide talent tasters.

The relationship shown is one between a future generation and workforce, and the caring and powerful companies that back YGT. Talent Tasters open a world of opportunity to YGT young people, to experience the work place, for the first time, in a dynamic and impactful way. Helping instil confidence and aspirations for a successful life beyond school. The inspired motivation we see from our partners to give back to our young people is amazing. The individuals who work for them are equally as incredible! As part of this Weegie Heroes campaign we’ll be celebrating everyone!

Today, we catch up with Tricia. See what motivated her to become a mentor, and what continues to inspire her. We’ll also be elaborating on the phenomenal commitment of Wheatley in a later Weegie Heroes installment. Stay tuned!

Tricia… What first inspired you to be a mentor?

For me it was about the opportunity to offer a supporting role – not in a parental way – for a young person. There’s so many young people out there with amazing potential and they don’t get the opportunities they deserve. I had a similar experience when I was a young person, so when I read about MCR’s Young Glasgow Talent programme I knew it was definitely something I would like to be involved in.

What are the unexpected qualities that mentoring brings out in you?

I was a wee bit apprehensive about meeting my mentee for the first time. I was nervous! But it was fine! So, some of the qualities it’s brought out in me are the ability to be in touch with my young side – being able to relate to a young person still.

What would you say about the commitment and the difference that our mentors make to Glasgow?

The interaction between mentors and their young people is so important. Especially when it’s such a positive interaction. That might be the only positive interaction they have with an adult in their life. The encouragement you can give somebody, you can see them growing in confidence – and everyone is different but there’s such a huge range of different people mentoring now in Glasgow – so there’s a match for everybody.

Tell me about your mentee

She’s a very confident young girl, she’s very open and listens to my opinion on where she’s headed. She’s so friendly, I felt so good after I left the first meeting with her. She wants to pursue a career as an actress. She’s such a vibrant young woman.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about being a mentor?

It’s very worthwhile. Whatever skills you bring to the table, MCR Pathways will find a young person for you to mentor. You’ll get the amazing satisfaction of making a genuine change in someone’s life. You’ll get to see that young person flourish and there’s no better feeling.

We have many more young people signing up for Young Glasgow Talent’s help. Young people, such as Trisha’s young person. They need mentors to make a huge difference to their confidence, educational outcomes and future life chances. They need support and motivation to pursue their ambitions and take on such new experiences. Can you help them? You’ll guide disadvantaged, but utterly deserving young people through their education. Find out more about BECOMING A MENTOR.

Can your organisation help? To become involved in our Talent Taster programme, alongside our partners such as Glasgow Life and The Herald, simply GET INVOLVED! We can’t wait to welcome you aboard as we change the life chances of our city’s most disadvantaged.

We’re always looking for new mentors to reach all the new young people who are coming on board with the programme. Help us spread the word by letting your friends and family know how worthwhile mentoring can be!

Meet Our Weegie Hero Linda!

Friday, 02nd Sep 2016
Category: Mentoring

Meet Our Weegie Hero Linda!

This summer is all about our Weegie Heroes! From LIAM’s transformative story, to our Young People’s amazing Duke of Edinburgh EXPERIENCE, we’re showcasing how inspiring everyone involved with Young Glasgow Talent really is. Our Weegie Heroes celebration continues with one of our amazing mentors, Linda Hunter. Linda is a mentor at St Rochs Secondary School. She embodies the Weegie Hero spirit down to a T! She goes the extra mile for Young Glasgow Talent, took part in our recent promotional photo shoot and does much more! She’s got it all!

We’re delighted to share her story. Linda shows that it’s not simply about supporting a young person. It’s about inspiring ambitions, ensuring young people aren’t isolated. Linda perfectly sums it up – our young people are then ‘enhancing society’ and creating a positive legacy for the next generation.

Find out about Linda’s everyday heroism, supporting YGT, here:

Linda…
What first inspired you to be a mentor?

My background is working in the voluntary sector with a whole range of different types of community organisations. I’ve seen a lot of the really good work that can be done on an informal basis within communities. But also, from a personal point of view, I have two children and sometimes they can experience situations which are quite stressful and difficult to manage and that’s with a very supportive family background. Not every young person has that. And so, I just wanted to put something back in. Particularly having that first-hand knowledge and knowing what some of my childrens’ friends are going through. And how they’re coping with it – some better than others – and all dependant on the support that they have. I wanted to bring a wee bit of that to someone who maybe doesn’t have as supportive a network as some others.

What unexpected heroic qualities has mentoring brought out in you?

I think it makes you feel, in a way, quite protective of the young person. And just wanting to relate well to them. And above all wanting it to be a really positive experience for them. The young man I’m mentoring is absolutely lovely. He’s very quiet and he’s very shy. And you know it can be quite a challenging thing for him to meet a mentor, so that’s been a really good part of it. You need to be really empathetic, you need to understand how they might be seeing the situation and feeling about it and just trying to behave in a way that matches that and makes it easier for the young person.

Have you found it rewarding?

Very much so. What I’ve seen week to week is a change in my young person – who is much more relaxed, more talkative. One of the reasons we were matched is because he likes to write, and I also like to write. He’s been coming out more and more and talking about his interests. He’s keen for me to see his work which is a really big thing. I’ve seen him relax and open up and enjoy the experience. I’ve also taught him how to play chess, which was a good way of breaking the ice.

Tell us about how mentoring has helped your young person help themselves.

It’s about helping someone to have belief in themselves. Sometimes when you have different interests to your peer group you can feel isolated. By being matched with someone like me, my young person has realised there are lots of people out there like him. By meeting like-minded people you create networks that you never thought you can be part of. We’re reducing isolation.

What would you say about the commitment and difference our heroes are making to the most disadvantaged?

I think it’s building relationships first and foremost with those individual young people. Then it becomes larger, because the individuals become more confident, more able to make things happen themselves. They then enhance society, create more positive experiences themselves. By mentoring young people and helping them take up opportunities, they bring new, fresh ideas.

What would you say to someone thinking about mentoring?

I would say that it gives you a huge amount of satisfaction. It can be a lot of fun, you can have a great laugh with your young person. You get a lot back from it and hopefully the young person does too.

We have many more young people signing up for Young Glasgow Talent’s help. Young people, such as those that took part in this expedition. They need mentors to make a huge difference to their confidence, educational outcomes and future life chances. They need support and motivation to pursue their ambitions and take on such new experiences. Can you help them? You’ll guide disadvantaged, but utterly deserving young people through their education. Find out more about BECOMING A MENTOR.

Can your organisation help? To become involved in our Talent Taster programme, alongside our partners such as Glasgow Life and The Herald, simply GET INVOLVED! We can’t wait to welcome you aboard as we change the life chances of our city’s most disadvantaged.

We’re always looking for new mentors to reach all the new young people who are coming on board with the programme. Help us spread the word by letting your friends and family know how worthwhile mentoring can be!

Can your organisation help? To become involved in mentoring, or our Talent Taster programme, alongside our partners such as Glasgow Life and The Herald, simply GET INVOLVED!! We can’t wait to work with you to offer our city’s most needy a gateway to an expanding menu of opportunities and tasters of university, college and employment.

We’re always looking for new mentors to reach all the new young people who are coming on board with the programme. Help us spread the word by letting your friends and family know how worthwhile mentoring can be!

Weegie Heroes Return to School and Celebrate Exams Success!

Monday, 29th Aug 2016
Category: Mentoring

Weegie Heroes Return to School and Celebrate Exams Success!

This summer, we’re celebrating our inspirational Young Glasgow Talent team! Our Weegie Heroes! It’s been amazing to hear of the success stories from our mentors, staff, and young people throughout the campaign so far. Today is particularly special, as we celebrate all of our young people! After sitting their exams, the results are now in and their next pathway steps underway. Working hard and believing in themselves, despite difficult circumstances, is something to truly be applauded! Well done to all of Young Glasgow Talent’s young people for a phenomenal academic year!

The impact a mentor has in boosting confidence, aspirations (and results!) is fantastic. With the support of Glasgow City Council, Young Glasgow Talent is expanding to reach even more young people than ever before. Our programme will be delivered across 5 new schools by the end of October. New young people, their mentors and all of the YGT team will build on the amazing success we’ve had so far. Supporting those young people in our city that desperately need our help most. Can you help more of our young heroes work towards a positive pathway?


Our young people performed brilliantly over the last year. During study preparations and delivering on exam day. We’re delighted to celebrate Karen’s story. She really is a #weegiehero. To show just how hard she worked for her fantastic results, we’ve been speaking with her mentor, Marie and Emma, the Pathways Coordinator at Karen’s school.

Marie, has been a phenomenal YGT mentor. Encouraging her young person consistently. Meeting weekly to discuss any problems Karen may have. Participating in YGT’s training and using the resources to empower her young person to a better future:

“I am so in awe of my mentee, not just for being such a talented, fun, kind soul, but for putting in loads of work and dedicated commitment to do her best every day of the year. She just got fab exam results of As and Bs from her last few years work. Well done her!”

Emma, the Pathways Coordinator at Karen’s school, Lochend Secondary School, also recognised the hard work of the young person she supports.

“This young person deserves every ounce of the successful exam results! Karen is very hard working, motivated and driven. She takes pride in doing well and strives to be the best she can be. She enjoys getting stuck in to all activities and always goes out her way to get others involved. She is one of the MCR ambassadors for Lochend and always puts 100% effort into tasks. She took part in her Duke of Edinburgh Award, and flourished in the physical elements, offering many amazing ideas to the planning of the award. She is an all round amazing young girl who no doubt will go far and do incredible things.”

Karen herself, was delighted to have done so well:

“When it came to my exam results I wasn’t really nervous until the night before and found it hard to sleep, when the postman came the next day I was just expecting to open it and be disappointed. I opened the results and I thought to myself that can’t be right but it was! I got 3 As including in music and drama and 2 Bs in English and maths. If it wasn’t for people like my Dad and my mentor Marie, I don’t think I would have got that result. I wouldn’t have been confident in myself enough to try my hardest.”

As you can see, the amazing support from her Pathways Coordinator, her Dad and her mentor has made a huge difference to Karen, as she begins her 5th year of secondary school. These nurturing and trusting relationships, have given her the confidence to try and succeed! It’s what we live for here at YGT and we couldn’t be prouder. It’s yet another testament to the transformative impact mentoring can have. Mentoring really is THE difference for these young people’s self-belief and success.

We have many more young people signing up for Young Glasgow Talent’s help. Young people, such as those that took part in this expedition. They need mentors to make a huge difference to their confidence, educational outcomes and future life chances. They need support and motivation to pursue their ambitions and take on such new experiences. Can you help them? You’ll guide disadvantaged, but utterly deserving young people through their education. Find out more about BECOMING A MENTOR.

Can your organisation help? To become involved in our Talent Taster programme, alongside our partners such as Glasgow Life and The Herald, simply GET INVOLVED! We can’t wait to welcome you aboard as we change the life chances of our city’s most disadvantaged.

We’re always looking for new mentors to reach all the new young people who are coming on board with the programme. Help us spread the word by letting your friends and family know how worthwhile mentoring can be!

Can your organisation help? To become involved in mentoring, or our Talent Taster programme, alongside our partners such as Glasgow Life and The Herald, simply GET INVOLVED!! We can’t wait to work with you to offer our city’s most needy a gateway to an expanding menu of opportunities and tasters of university, college and employment.

Major Milestone Reached as MCR Partners With Council

Monday, 29th Aug 2016
Category: Herald Campaign

Major Milestone Reached as MCR Partners With Council

Yesterday was a big milestone for us with The Herald and Evening Times announcing that MCR Pathways and Glasgow City Council have signed one of the country’s biggest Public and Social Partnership (PSP) Agreements. This is phenomenal news for MCR Pathways and our Young Glasgow Talent programme. The news marks the achievement of a long held MCR objective of bringing mentoring and talent tasters to the core of the education system. It now gives us the opportunity to help raise the attainment, aspirations and positive destinations of thousands of Glasgow’s young people, disadvantaged through no fault of their own.

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Many more young people in the Young Glasgow Talent programme need mentors like you! Can you support one of our city’s disadvantaged, but utterly deserving young people?


 
The new PSP will build on the partnership that Glasgow City Council has developed with the MCR Pathways charity over the last few years. It has now been extended to include The Robertson Trust, STV Children’s Appeal and the Life Changes Trust.

The life changing MCR Pathways mentoring programme will be rolled out to all 30 schools over the next three years. After this time the Education Authority will take on the programme with mentoring for care experienced young people across Glasgow becoming the norm. A transformative moment for the future generations of young people who will be defined by their talent and potential and not their circumstances or postcode.

“All our young people deserve the very best we can offer, regardless of their personal circumstances or background. This project is not a one-off, but a long term commitment for Glasgow.” Frank McAveety, Leader of Glasgow City Council.

Frank continues: “The mentoring project is making an incredible difference to the lives of some of our most disadvantaged young people. In conjunction with other council initiatives, it is helping to close the attainment gap in Glasgow and tackle some of our well documented social challenges.”

Read the full article here.


We have many more young people signing up for Young Glasgow Talent’s help. They need mentors to make a huge difference to their confidence, educational outcomes and future life chances. They need support and motivation to pursue their ambitions. Can you help them? You’ll guide disadvantaged, but utterly deserving young people through their education. Find out more about BECOMING A MENTOR.

Can your organisation help? To become involved in our Talent Taster programme, alongside our partners such as Glasgow Life and The Herald, simply GET INVOLVED! We can’t wait to welcome you aboard as we change the life chances of our city’s most disadvantaged.

We’re always looking for new mentors to reach all the new young people who are coming on board with the programme. Help us spread the word by letting your friends and family know how worthwhile mentoring can be!

Glasgow Life Takes YGT To The Home of The Warriors!

Monday, 22nd Aug 2016
Category: Mentoring

Glasgow Life Takes YGT To The Home of The Warriors!

MCR Pathways has piloted its first ever Sporting Talent Taster! The experience was courtesy of the phenomenal commitment of Glasgow Life to Young Glasgow Talent. Managing over 25 top fitness and leisure facilities throughout the whole city, Glasgow Life offers YGT young people the very best sport Taster opportunities! The 2015-2016 academic year Taster took place in the Scotson Arena, a first rate sporting facility in Glasgow and one of the 2014 Commonweath Games key venues. Perfect for YGT young people’s initial taste of what Glasgow has to offer when it comes to sport. The YGT young people explored and experienced the Glasgow Warriors Stadium, gym, and athletics arena.

YGT Young Person:
“My favourite part of the Sports Taster was watching the rugby training, as you got to see the coach plan and set out training!”

Caroline from the Scotstoun Centre was so enthusiastic to welcome our young on the first Sports Talent Taster. As Sports Development Officer for disabilities, she has a unique insight into how people experience this facility. A real eye-opener for YGT young people to think about inclusion in sports in their local area. Caroline emphasised, in true YGT style, the wealth of career opportunities available in the city’s sporting venues. Various sport coaches, trainers, venue and event roles, managers, and even life-guards ensure the city remains so highly renowned for its sporting events and facilities.

Then the young people met Jane, the Assistant Centre Manager, who described beginning to work in sport as it was one of her passions. Perfect inspiration for our young people to pursue working in an industry they love. She’s had a varied working life, including roles in sports development, operations and marketing. Jane explained everything the young people wanted to know about the centre.

With over 70 members of staff, it’s one of the largest sports campuses in the UK! The young people were particularly interested in learning more about the team that the Scotstoun campus is home to, the Glasgow Warriors! 6000 – 7000 fans fit into the stadium for their rugby games. With interest in the club beyond the city, the filming operation of corporations such as SKY TV and BBC was also discussed, with games beamed to audiences near and far.

Over a million people use the Scotstoun sports centre itself each year, with the facility generating £3 million. With over 40,000 Glasgow Life gym members attending the 140+ weekly fitness classes – there are plenty of managers and fitness instructors Glasgow will need in the future! Scotstoun was also part of the Commonwealth Games, an inspiring motive for the YGT young people who were gracing facilities used by the world’s greatest athletes.

The young people then met Grant from the Glasgow Sports communities. He works in areas such as Drumchapel – which has seen plenty of developments, including the introduction of a girls football team. Other venues such as Castlemilk have seen major developments as well. The community now has 14 sports clubs, when previously there was nothing other than football and badminton. Through his dedication and commitment to his role, Grant highlighted how privileged he was to work with Andy Murray and the GB Team for tennis’ Davis Cup competition. Again, Glasgow Life were providing YGT young people with the very best inspiration. Showcasing the fantastic results that can be achieved from studying and working hard. Grant’s working and personal focus is on improving health and participation. He also recognises the huge increase in confidence and self-belief in people when they get involved in sport. It’s about positive coaching, getting communities to get involved and feeling amazing about themselves.

Also at the event was Connor. Through studying at Glasgow Clyde College and Anniesland Campus, he had the opportunity to pursue a work placement with the Prince’s Trust. During the week of the Taster Grant was involved in an event with Glasgow Life for disabled sports participants which included track running, shot putt, bowls and long jump. He explained that he’s now looking to become a personal trainer or a coach and is going to Anniesland college after summer to pursue these studies.

Meeting such an incredible array of sporting enthusiasts and professionals made a huge impact on the young people. They were all so interested in a future in sport. Seeing people living their own dreams in action, instilling aspirations and inspiration, is what Talent Taster’s are all about. Many of the young people were even interested in starting to work on their futures immediately! Wanting to learn more about the volunteering opportunities available for many ages across Glasgow Life Sport.

We’d like to extend a huge thank you to Glasgow Life for providing such an inspiring insight into sports for our YGT young people. Our young people’s feedback was fantastic. This experience opened so many opportunities for them to pursue.

We have many more young people signing up for Young Glasgow Talent’s help. Young people, such as those that took part in this expedition. They need mentors to make a huge difference to their confidence, educational outcomes and future life chances. They need support and motivation to pursue their ambitions and take on such new experiences. Can you help them? You’ll guide disadvantaged, but utterly deserving young people through their education. Find out more about BECOMING A MENTOR.

Can your organisation help? To become involved in our Talent Taster programme, alongside our partners such as Glasgow Life and The Herald, simply GET INVOLVED! We can’t wait to welcome you aboard as we change the life chances of our city’s most disadvantaged.

We’re always looking for new mentors to reach all the new young people who are coming on board with the programme. Help us spread the word by letting your friends and family know how worthwhile mentoring can be!

Our Young #weegieheroes Take On The Duke Of Edinburgh Awards!

Tuesday, 16th Aug 2016
Category: Mentoring

Our Young #weegieheroes Take On The Duke Of Edinburgh Awards!

This summer, we’re celebrating Young Glasgow Talent’s Weegie Heroes. Our heroes – young people, mentors, partners and supporters – all have phenomenally inspiring stories! We’re looking forward to sharing many over the next few weeks!

Our young people are overcoming adversity to excel in ways they never thought possible. As well as working with their YGT mentor and taking part in Talent Tasters, many embark on other opportunities available to them while at school.

Supporting every YGT young person, such as the phenomenal young people you’ll be reading about below, is a totally dedicated mentor. They listen to what their young person has to say, and guides them as the young person works hard for their better future. So many Glaswegians volunteer their time to help our very capable young people. Ensuring they have the same educational outcomes, career opportunities and life chances as every other young person. Can you be a hero? Will you join us?


As the world’s leading youth achievement award, the Duke of Edinburgh offers youngsters unique opportunities to learn new skills and develop talents. The DofE award is valued by employers and universities and is described as a “passport to a brighter future”. A perfect alignment with YGT’s goals and values, as we aspire to improve young people’s confidence and educational outcomes. It helps enable young people from all backgrounds gain valuable life skills. From fundraising for charity, taking part in expeditions, to improving personal development.

S3 and S4 pupils from three YGT schools took part in one of the latest DofE expeditions. Their own commitment, determination and hard work ensured they achieved their prestigious DofE accolade!

YGT Pathways Co-ordinator and Weegie Hero Emma told us just how much hard work the young people put into achieving their award: “When people say Duke of Edinburgh Award, everyone thinks of camping. However, as our YGT young people found out it’s actually a lot more than that!”

“Before they even got near a tent they had to complete three different elements. To pass, you must learn a new skill over 3 months, take part in a volunteering activity for 6 months and get involved in a physical activity for 3 months!”

A huge show of commitment from our young people. One group even managed to raise £400 for Barnardos as part of their pre-expedition work! A fantastic contribution to their local community. As well as an amazing display of teamwork.

Months of work are followed by significant preparation for the expedition. Including map reading, country code and packing. First the young people attended a practice expedition where they’re allowed a little bit of help from the leaders. Then the crucial and final assessment expedition. YGT young people had to get themselves from the drop off point to the campsite using their maps and carrying all their kit without any help. They had to pitch their own tents and make their own meals using stoves. They also created and completed a project aim, one group chose to take mascots with them – which they photographed throughout the journey. These inspired images were pulled together and the YGT young people made their very own children’s story called The Amazing Adventure of the Duke and Little Eddie.

Have a look at the full article on the Young Glasgow Talent website.

We have many more young people signing up for Young Glasgow Talent’s help. Young people, such as those that took part in this expedition. They need mentors to make a huge difference to their confidence, educational outcomes and future life chances. They need support and motivation to pursue their ambitions and take on such new experiences. Can you help them? You’ll guide disadvantaged, but utterly deserving young people through their education. Find out more about BECOMING A MENTOR.

Can your organisation help? To become involved in our Talent Taster programme, alongside our partners such as Glasgow Life and The Herald, simply GET INVOLVED! We can’t wait to welcome you aboard as we change the life chances of our city’s most disadvantaged.

We’re always looking for new mentors to reach all the new young people who are coming on board with the programme. Help us spread the word by letting your friends and family know how worthwhile mentoring can be!

Meet Our Weegie Hero…. Donna

Friday, 12th Aug 2016
Category: Mentoring

Meet Our Weegie Hero…. Donna

This summer we’re celebrating the everyday heroism in Young Glasgow Talent, with Weegie Heroes. From our mentors, young people, partners and supporters. Their amazing and heroic stories will be shared all summer. We’ve already had such a fantastic response from Liam’s Weegie Hero blog. A testament to himself and the incredible impact mentoring can have. From a young person’s educational outcomes, life chances, to self belief. It truly is transformational. Liam went from disengaged in school and struggling at home, to a university graduate living the career of his dreams. As well as coming full circle to being a Young Glasgow Talent mentor himself. If you’d like to read Liam’s inspiring story click here.

Of course, the support of a mentor is the catalyst for this amazing experience, and part of the reason Liam has done and is doing so well. Donna was Liam’s mentor, and they are still in touch today. Her side of the story is just as inspirational, moving and transformational. She truly is a Weegie Hero! Read her story, now:

“The role of a mentor is to be there, unconditionally. To listen and to build a trusting relationship. So what is a mentor and who can be one? It’s for anyone who believes in young people and wishes to help them on their journey to a better future, plain and simple. The only specialist requirements are enthusiasm, openness and an ability to listen.

When I left school after 4th year my only aspiration was to work and earn money, I was ok academically, could have tried harder in school and had no intention or wish to continue to study. I had no idea what I wanted to do but had a mum who ensured I was going to be working and paying my keep! I secured a Youth Training Scheme (equivalent of a Modern Apprenticeship) opportunity with Strathclyde Regional Council and have never looked back. In fact just writing this I realise I am pretty chuffed with what I have done so far. For the last 30 years I have worked within education services mainly out in our secondary schools and it is there I found my true calling… Supporting young people who were uncertain and struggling, through no fault of their own.

Liam was one of many young people I have mentored, all of whom went onto various pathways on leaving school and all of whom I am very proud of. Their destinations were as different as their journeys but their success happened when each of them took a pride in discovering who they were and identifying their unique talents and personalities. In fact the difficulties they had overcome added significantly to their sense of achievement.

Liam was a young boy who on transferring to St Andrew’s from primary was struggling with a very difficult home situation and had very low academic results as a consequence. He had a great mum but things were really tough for the family at the time. In Liam’s words ‘things were awful’ and I became his ‘anchor’. I wasn’t his teacher or social worker, in fact he had no idea what or who I was, we just got on well and understood each other. As Liam’s confidence grew so did his academic engagement and ability and by S5 he had well surpassed my academic knowledge. I was delighted as I didn’t need to be ‘brighter’ than him I just needed to know that I could guide and encourage him towards the school people who were, kind of like what my mum did for me.

In Glasgow at the moment we currently have hundreds of unique and individual young people who have no idea what they aspire to be as yet. That partnership journey of discovery is one of the most rewarding parts of mentoring- helping a youngster to find, grow and use their talent.

We need and absolutely rely on mentors from all walks of life and academic ability. There is someone out there for everyone as they say……..Liam and I are the proof.”

We have many more young people like Liam signing up for Young Glasgow Talent’s help. They need mentors to make a huge difference to their confidence, educational outcomes and future life chances. Can you help them? You’ll guide disadvantaged, but utterly deserving and ambitious, young people through their education. Find out more about becoming a mentor www.youngglasgowtalent.org/be-a-mentor

Can your organisation help? To become involved in our Talent Taster programme, alongside our partners such as Glasgow Life and The Herald, simply go to the GET INVOLVED section of www.youngglasgowtalent.org.

We’re always looking for new mentors to reach all the new young people who are coming on board with the programme. Help us spread the word by letting your friends and family know how worthwhile mentoring can be!

Meet Our Weegie Hero, Liam!

Thursday, 28th Jul 2016
Category: Mentoring

Meet Our Weegie Hero, Liam!

Today, we’re thrilled to introduce the first of our Weegie Heroes, Liam. A young man whose inspiring story encapsulates everything Young Glasgow Talent strives for. From a mentored young person, struggling with home life and school. To a successful and well educated adult. Having graduated from university, he’s now working in the career he had aspired to. He has come completely full circle. Liam is now mentoring a YGT young person. Just like his mentor, he’s supporting a very deserving young person through their own education. Supporting them towards the career they dream of. What an amazing transformation!

Liam’s blog highlights the necessity of a mentor for a young person who is disengaged with their education. It shows the amazing moment when a young person finds that “spark” of interest that will guide their education and career. Consistent support is also vital throughout this journey. Liam’s mentor ensured motivation and encouraged aspirations.

Read about Liam’s transformation, in his own words:

“From my personal experience, growing up in Glasgow was challenging at times. But looking back, it has given me a sense of pride, grit and determination. When I met Donna, I was disillusioned with school. To me it wasn’t the place where I would build the foundations for my life, but more somewhere I had to go. I wasn’t interactive in class and was just sitting by and letting it all go past. Not because I didn’t think I didn’t have aspirations for a better life even though I had no idea what that was, but there was just too much going on for me to apply myself and maintain good attendance. I was in a constant cycle of falling behind.

Donna was the piece of consistency in school that I needed, even though I had no idea what her job was or why she took such an interest. It was someone who was there for me. From being able to drop into her office during interval or lunch and just chat, even about the most pointless of things to more serious at home issues. Thinking of it, I have no recollection of how we first met but the relationship just seemed to grow. This was the part missing for me, someone in school to encourage, push and have confidence in my abilities – who wasn’t doing it because they had to, simply because it’s what they felt was right and they wanted to make a change. Spotting that my favourite subjects were more practical and technical, I was given the opportunity thanks to Donna to undertake a taster construction course in 3rd year. This experience allowed me to grow incredibly, from giving me lifelong friends, boosting my confidence to a passion in construction which carried on throughout school and the rest of education.

If it wasn’t for Donna, there was a drowning pool full of elements that would have made school life already harder than it was. Without Donna to keep me on course and motivated, all these would have got the better of me and stopped me from discovering and reaching my full potential.

When I left school, I had my Highers and other qualifications and although I had the grades I still didn’t quite have the confidence to go straight to university. So I went to the City of Glasgow College to study HNC Architectural Conservation. A passion spawned from the taster course I undertook thanks to Donna in 3rd year. So having achieved an A in HNC I went on to the 2nd year of Glasgow Caledonian University Building Surveying BSc (Hons) course. Throughout university I worked hard and remained engaged throughout any difficulties I had. Gaining two prestigious scholarships in the process, The Robertson Trust Scholarship and the KAR (Cebarco Bahrain) Scholarship, I had the opportunity to travel the world, going throughout Europe, the Middle East and Australia. Being able to meet amazing friends along the way.

I’m 22 years old now and I recently had the incredible experience of graduating with a 2:1 Honours Degree and find myself in an excellent Graduate position working towards my Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Assessment of Professional Competence. Looking back on my turbulent and disadvantaged journey through life, the graduation ceremony was my proudest moment. Looking up from my seat during the ceremony and seeing the smiling faces of my girlfriend Nicola, my Mum and Donna herself all bursting with pride was a feeling that words couldn’t begin to explain.

Looking back through it all, I am not bitter about my circumstances. Things happen in life that either makes you stronger or defeat you and for me, they have given me a deep sense of motivation, commitment and resilience.

My ambitions for my future professionally are to reach Chartered status and push myself through the challenges and opportunities that present themselves. Personally I am enjoying the life that, in school, I didn’t know was possible.
I couldn’t be happier and what makes it all that better is being able to take my experiences and life lessons and use them to benefit someone else who may be in the same position I was. For the last few weeks of the school term I was so proud to become a Young Glasgow Talent mentor for MCR, something which I cannot wait to become again come September.”

We’ve always known that the winning formula of mentoring really works. Being there for a young person can truly turn their life around, improving educational outcomes significantly. Just as you can see from Liam’s powerful story. Amazing transformations like Liam’s, means we have support from many of the city’s biggest organisations, including Glasgow City Council. Maureen McKenna, Executive Director of Education, Glasgow City Council said:

“Quite simply – working with MCR Pathways has had an impact on the positive destinations of the young people who have been mentored as part of the initiative. The process is now very much embedded within our practice framework and together our ambitious aim is to now extend the work to all Glasgow secondary schools over the next three years.”

Thriving to make Liam’s story a reality for all disadvantaged young people in Glasgow and beyond is our goal!

We have many more young people like Liam signing up for Young Glasgow Talent’s help. They need mentors to make a huge difference to their confidence, educational outcomes and future life chances. Can you help them? You’ll guide disadvantaged, but utterly deserving and ambitious, young people through their education. Find out more about becoming a mentor www.youngglasgowtalent.org/be-a-mentor

Can your organisation help? To become involved in our Talent Taster programme, alongside our partners such as Glasgow Life and The Herald, simply go to the GET INVOLVED section of www.youngglasgowtalent.org.

We’re always looking for new mentors to reach all the new young people who are coming on board with the programme. Help us spread the word by letting your friends and family know how worthwhile mentoring can be!

Meet Our #WeegieHeroes

Thursday, 21st Jul 2016
Category: Mentoring

Meet Our #WeegieHeroes

Young Glasgow Talent boasts so many phenomenal heroes. From our incredible young people, to our amazing mentors, to our fabulous partners. Over the summer, we’ll showcase their stories. All our heroes are changing lives – making sure our city’s most disadvantaged get the same educational outcomes, career and life chances as their peers.

YOU can become a #WeegieHero


Join our amazing community of heroes. You’ll guide and support your inspiring young person through an incredible journey. You’ll be there as life-changing aspirations are sparked.

“My mentee inspires me. She shows such dedication and motivation in everything she does. My young person is as much as an inspiration to me, as I planned to be for them” #WeegieHero and YGT Mentor, Claire Miller.

YGT has reached a milestone. Over the last academic year we’ve mentored more disadvantaged young people than at any other time. Thanks to our volunteer mentors, hundreds of young people are getting the support they deserve through their education.

More young people than ever before will need our help after the summer, as our programme extends even further. They’ll be filled with confidence and ready to take on the world of work, despite the challenges they face. You’ll help them achieve a brighter future.

Over the coming months we’ll be sharing inspired stories from our YGT Weegie Heroes. From our amazing mentors, Pioneering Partners, and our amazing young people. They’re going to help you see why YGT is THE place to volunteer in Glasgow. The place to find yourself. The place to change a life. This city is full of the most incredible, passionate and driven people. Determined to give the young people that live here the support they need to contribute to our thriving society.

And as more young people desperately need our help, more hero mentors than ever before are needed.

Become a Weegie Hero. To join these incredible people and organisations, and change a young Glaswegians life .


Keep your eyes peeled for these inspiring stories and other updates over the coming months. We know that with YOUR help and support the whole city will be inspired!

Our heroes will be taking over Facebook and Twitter.

The Herald celebrates Glasgow Life and MCR Pathways' Ground-Breaking Partnership!

Thursday, 14th Jul 2016
Category: Herald Campaign

The Herald celebrates Glasgow Life and MCR Pathways' Ground-Breaking Partnership!

Yesterday the Herald published an article celebrating our ground-breaking partnership with Glasgow Life. As one of our city’s biggest and most influential organisations, we’re absolutely thrilled to announce them as a phenomenal Pioneering Partner.

Thanks to Glasgow Life, MCR Pathways’ Young Glasgow Talent young people are going to have access to more mentors, more Talent Tasters and more support. Glasgow Life are truly committed to changing the lives of Glasgow’s disadvantaged young people.

Glasgow Life have been very vocal about how much they believe in our programme and team:

“MCR Pathways is one of the most inspiring organisations we have ever worked with, and we are proud to be a partner with them in their invaluable work.” Dr Bridget McConnell CBE, Chief Executive, Glasgow Life.

Mark O’Neil, Glasgow Life’s longstanding Director of Policy and Research also commented, “Glasgow Life is a strong supporter of MCR – because they have achieved one of the most difficult of all goals in providing transformational support for disadvantaged young people.   Narrowing the focus to concentrate on one method that really works needs a lot of experimentation and rigorous evaluation. MCR’s core method is mentoring – the consistent support provided by one adult who gives their time voluntarily, who gets to know the young person, who listens and encourages.  And they have consistently shown that mentoring works, in keeping young people in school, in getting better qualifications and jobs. But this is not the most difficult part. The step at which many organisations falter is taking the successful method which has worked with a few and expanding it so that it works for hundreds – while still meeting the varied needs of individuals.  MCR have successfully made this transition. In addition to supporting the young people, their method provides opportunities for adults – of all ages, from all walks of life – to contribute, enriching their own lives and those of their families and friends.  At a time when it is difficult to be confident about the future, MCR have tapped into the latent goodwill of Glaswegians and mobilised it on a scale that will make a difference to the whole city.”

Like all of our Pioneering Partners, Glasgow Life will encourage their staff to mentor. A fabulous commitment. Glasgow Life has a huge workforce, and their employees have so many different skills and career paths. They work in sectors crossing libraries and galleries, to museums and sports facilities. Our young people will get access to loads more mentors that will instil inspiration and aspirations. For over 12 months, Glasgow Life have encouraged staff to mentor and support the programme’s young people, for one hour, every week in school. Volunteer mentors provide dedicated one-to-one support, guidance and encouragement.

Secondly, Glasgow Life will provide Talent Tasters. With such a variety of roles, YGT young people will have the opportunity to try out so many new career paths. Thanks to Glasgow Life, our young people now have an additional 19 employment opportunities to choose from in our revolutionary Talent Taster job experience programme. 4 of these opportunities have already been trialled out by 23 young people, with amazing feedback provided. These Tasters involved high quality, hands on experiences over half a shift of front line jobs, as well as middle and senior management perspectives of both the organisation and remit.

Not only are Glasgow Life providing Talent Tasters, they also support and run the best arts, culture and sports experiences the city has to offer. So YGT young people will have access to this incredible variety of opportunities as well. Tackling issues like self esteem and mental health, experiencing culture in their own city will be an amazing and vital opportunity for these young people.

“MCR Pathways have a rare combination of vision, empathy and rigor, which means that not only are we confident they are effective in improving the lives of young people, but that we learn a great deal from working with them.” Jill Miller, Director of Cultural Services, Glasgow Life.

Have a look at our recent blogs following our young people’s Tasters at Glasgow Life’s Riverside Museum as Gallery Assistants, and their time at The Royal Concert Hall as Stage Technicians!
Iain MacRitchie said: “This partnership is simply pioneering in every respect. Young people, Glasgow Life staff, mentors and schools – absolutely everyone is getting benefit from this phenomenal partnership.  Young Glasgow Talent will make it’s mark on many deserving young people whilst impacting our city’s social and economic standing for many years to come. We are very grateful for the enthusiasm and support of all Glasgow Life staff that are committed to driving the programme and the huge benefits for our young people.”

Click here to read the full article as published by The Herald Scotland.

Right now is an important time for YGT. When schools return after summer we’ll have hundreds more young people that need a caring and dedicated mentor. Ready to support them every step of the way through school. Can you help them?

One hour a week and a willingness to put a young person first are all you need. You’ll make and experience a life-changing difference in helping a young person to find, grow and use their talents. MCR Pathways will provide all the training and support you need. For more information or to register, please Click Here , email info@mcrpathways.org or call us on 0141 221 6642. We can’t wait to hear from you!!

YGT mentors get Skills Development Scotland Training Support to help inspire their mentees to build successful career pathways

Thursday, 14th Jul 2016
Category: Herald Campaign

YGT mentors get Skills Development Scotland Training Support to help inspire their mentees to build successful career pathways

Thinking about a future career can be daunting for anyone. This is especially so for our programme’s disadvantaged teenagers. Thanks to fantastic training from Skills Development Scotland (SDS), Young Glasgow Talent’s mentors have the tools to help their young people find, grow and use their talents. Through the innovative and creative technology featured in the My World of Work website, SDS is ensuring inspiration and information for our young people at every stage of their career. From exploring their preferences, to planning their learning, to establishing their first steps in that industry.

SDS are providing supported access of their resources to our mentors and young people. They recently presented an interactive session at our partner’s, Wheatley Housing, premises. All mentors invited were taken through the phenomenal features of the facility. Attendees were hugely impressed by the invaluable tools available to each of their young people.

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My World of Work is a brilliant and innovative careers resource. Aimed at young people, it comprehensively provides “the help you need for the career you want”! It serves students the opportunity to explore all career options available to them. It encourages the identification of strengths, ambitions and skills, before outlining the educational pathways, Apprenticeships and vacancies to achieve their aspirations.

As well as providing the training facilities for the day, mentors from Wheatley Housing also attended the event. Sharon McIntyre, Trisha McShane and Donna-Marie Costello have been fabulous mentors for their young people and great supporters of MCR Pathways Young Glasgow Talent programme. In a show of further commitment by Wheatley, Donna-Marie and three other Wheatley employees have recently transferred to work with MCR for a year on our revolutionary Talent Tasters. It’s yet another amazing example of Wheatley doing everything they can for our Young Glasgow Talent campaign! This is on top of their Talent Tasters and commitment for 100 employees to sign up to mentor our young people.

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The SDS host for the day was Keith. He talked all our mentors through the highly intuitive website. Including the best ways to use it, how it works and why a tool like this can be vital for a young person’s career development. We’ve chosen the key highlights from Keith’s pearls of wisdom. For anyone wanting to help a young person decide what path is right for them, this is the site for you!

Get Signed Up!


You can use www.myworldofwork.com without having to create an account. However there are many advantages of taking a few seconds to sign up.

It helps young person auto-complete some of their CV! It also allows you to save some of the quizzes, personality tests, forms and CV’s you might want to take a break with before completing.

“About Me”


The “About Me” tool was very effective. Filled with different personality tests, this section determines your personality type based on respected psychological research. Your results then populate career suggestions. Absolutely fantastic for young people unsure yet of what career is for them. Career suggestions include various apprenticeships, job profiles, industries, career paths and many more options. You can actually choose which tools (there are 6 to chose from) influence your results. It’s really comprehensive!

You could find out that your young person is a leader, organiser or investigator. Careers that suit such qualities will be highlighted. Those unsure of their preferred career will find help and support in moving forward. You can download your personality report as a pdf, too. Perfect for working through everything with your mentee.

“Strengths” Tool


This was another one of the “diagnostic” tools which really impressed attendees! As Keith explained, this tool explains to the viewer “How Well I Do Things?” “How Often I Do Things?” and “How Much Do I Enjoy Things?”. These answers are based on a 72 question quiz! This can be long for a young person to fill in. So signing up and saving your answers after you’ve had enough means you can come back any time.

The results from the Strengths tool also drives results into career options. Showing how our young people’s strengths can be converted to the workplace! The career suggestions cover every job role you could imagine. They then link to the different qualifications and skills you need to enter the field, while the appropriate colleges, universities and UCAS sites are also provided.

CV Assistance


The CV help on My World of Work is first rate. It’s partly populated by results from the tools outlined above. It also takes into account ambition, skills, education and experience. It breaks CV writing into sections. Strengths results even provide synonyms to help you fill in your personal statement! It’s a great, non threatening way to start looking at how to produce your first CV to apply for your first job role.

Keith had some great advice which was “throw everything you can think of in your cv” and then refine. A great place to start for young people without a lot of experience.

What This Means for Mentors


Our mentors were really impressed by what they heard.

One point of interest was noting that there’s an SDS Coordinator in every Glasgow School! You can reach out to them as a parent, carer, mentor or other interested party if you’d like to learn more. All mentors can meet their SDS coordinator in school should they wish to. Also, you can speak to your Pathways Coordinator to get access to a computer during your mentoring session. So you can utilise the My World of Work site!

We’d like to say a huge thank you to Keith and Skills Development Scotland for presenting this phenomenal session. This will have a huge impact on our young people and their career and study outcomes. Thanks of course to those mentors that made it to the info session. Your continued dedication for your young person is absolutely inspiring! Thanks also to our fantastic Pioneering Partners, Wheatley Housing, for hosting this great event!

“Today’s event was extremely valuable. This will help me, with my mentee, to discover her real skills.” – Ann Tyson, Mentor of S4 pupil at St Mungo’s

“My World of Work will be a very useful tool for my mentee as she is unsure of exactly what she wants to do as a career. Great to find out about this as my mentee doesn’t know it exists.” – Donna Marie Costello, Mentor of S4 pupil at St Andrews.

“Although as individuals we may have a lot of experience in a certain field, this opens up the information to fit the mentee perfectly. It appears that regardless of the education, confidence and experience of the mentee, the programme seems easy to navigate to the level they require.” – Kathy Clark, Mentor of S3 pupil at Springburn Academy.

“Today’s event was extremely interesting and informative and certainly inspires me to follow it up online.” – Kirsteen Ballantine, Mentor of S3 pupil at Smithycroft.

Get Involved!


Can you help a young person realise their full potential and be defined by their talent and not their circumstances? More disadvantaged young Glaswegians are signing up for mentors to help them overcome barriers and inequality to be all that they can be. Can you help them? One hour a week and a willingness to put a young person first are all you need. You’ll make and experience a life-changing difference in helping a young person to find, grow and use their talents. MCR Pathways will provide all the training and support you need to make a huge difference. We can’t wait to hear from you. GET INVOLVED.

A Taste of the Riverside

Wednesday, 06th Jul 2016
Category: General

A Taste of the Riverside

Glasgow Life has been a phenomenal Pioneering Partner of MCR Pathways for over 12 months. As well as encouraging staff to become mentors to the city’s most disadvantaged, we’ve both developed an array of inspired and inspiring Talent Tasters for our young people. Talent Tasters ensure vital access to arts, culture and sports experiences as well as future employment opportunities for our young people. The experiences are immeasurable for confidence building and creating sparks of interest and motivation.

Also, Glasgow Life staff and visitors to over 70 of the city’s busiest venues are being actively encouraged to get involved. Mentor recruitment posters, leaflets and brochures are predominantly displayed across the city as Glasgow Life hosts some of the city’s biggest summer events. This means more people than ever will be aware of YGT and the ways to help a young person find, grow and use their talents.

The first of many Young Glasgow Talent Tasters was a complete success. First to be tried out was the job Talent Taster for a Gallery Assistant role in the Glasgow Riverside Museum. YGT young people attended and learned everything about what it takes to work in one of Glasgow’s most popular attractions. With so much to see, do and learn there was no time to lose when they were introduced to Craig Reilly. A dedicated Gallery Assistant, Craig is a Riverside Museum veteran.

Craig first explained his role at the Museum. Shifts can be split into morning, afternoon and evening, each with specific requirements. Beginning the day, he’ll set up before guests arrive. Greeting them while they come through the front doors. Being on hand to answer any questions. Giving first class tours of the Museum. Knowing the history, exhibits and displays by heart. Closing up at the end of the day, were all the key tasks mentioned.

Craig was keen to let the young people know that he left school with only 2 ‘O Levels’ but then realised he had to work hard. He explained working hard is really important and there’s always a pathway that you can follow to a great career. This kind of inspiration had the young people asking lots of questions about what it was like to work in the Museum. Craig took them on a great tour, explaining in detail the exhibitions. Included was a cobbled street originally from Glasgow, vintage subway carts and an array of fabulous vehicles. The Glasgow street was complete with the sound of rainfall. Craig stressed the fact that “the collection belongs to everyone”.

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The young people also had fantastic hands on experience greeting the guests to the Museum at the front door. They were also working at the front desk. Demonstrating their customer service skills and inspiring each other to give everyone a fantastic experience of the museum. This participation is vital to show YGT youngsters what working as a Gallery Assistant is actually like. Providing them with insight into what would be expected in the working world, while enjoying one of Glasgow’s finest experiences.

There was also a first class tour behind the scenes. Coupled with a detailed explanation of the “guts of the building.” Including the boiler room, water tanks, the wiring, storage and the computer room which runs every exhibition in the museum. The young people also visited the offices, and met the workers who had different specialties. Including Bob, Head of Tours. They also learnt about all the other roles in the building, including shop, floor, health and safety and events staff.

There was then a fantastic workshop put together with Heather Robertson. Heather’s role is display coordinator at the museum. She showed the young people around different exhibits she had put together. Including one inspired by the 1960’s. Complete with a mini convertible car, a dress worn by Audrey Hepburn and a painting by Bridget Riley. This gave the young people an idea of display pieces which are grouped together to spark the public’s imagination. Asking them to gain inspiration from each.

Under Heather’s enthusiastic instruction the young people were able to create their own display. Made from different pieces of interest, they arranged them in a way fitting for the public. Taking into consideration specific ages and how they might interact with these designs. This fed back in perfectly as a Gallery Assistant has to know everything about the museum, including how designs are put together and maintained.

We’d like to extend a huge thankyou to Glasgow Life. For your commitment to YGT and for hosting such a fantastic pilot Talent Taster. Our young people have gained a wealth of knowledge about working in tourism, customer services and the culture sector!

Get involved in our amazing programme! Have friends or family that you know would make a perfect mentor? We’re looking for new mentors to match with the city’s young people. We have so many new young people that desperately, but deservedly, need your help. Guide them through their education as they work towards a fabulously positive future. Visit our website and find out more today.

First University of Strathclyde Taster For YGT’s 2016 Young People A Success!

Wednesday, 29th Jun 2016
Category: General

First University of Strathclyde Taster For YGT’s 2016 Young People A Success!

MCR Pathways is thrilled to celebrate this year’s first University of Strathclyde Higher Education Taster. It’s one of many commitments by the Institution to increase Higher Education aspirations and widen access for all of Glasgow’s young people and especially YGT young people..
Now in it’s 4th year, these Tasters have proved highly successful. A threefold increase in attendance has been recorded since the first Strathclyde event. Over 30 14 and 15 year old young people were inspired to visit, a huge increase from 10 in 2013, 13 in 2014, and 17 in 2015. This reflects both the increase in youngsters looking for YGT’s help, and the phenomenal interest these Tasters generate. The University and especially the widening access and outreach team have been fantastic supporters of MCR Pathways.
Additionally, Strathclyde joined forces with Glasgow’s other HE Institutions in April to set out all the many support programmes and numerous additional resources available. Our young people, will now be fully informed through their individual mentors, of every opportunity available to them.
Some of our young attendees had already experienced HE Tasters and were keen to advance their plans. For others this was a first. Eyes were opened to future potential pathways and choices.
As well as the multitude of study subjects available to spark interests, independent learning, increased responsibilities, and no uniform proved very exciting prospects! Living as a student, being treated as an adult and more freedom were also aspects of HE that raised a lot of excitement.

Young people came from almost all of YGT’s secondary schools. Each school’s Pathways Coordinators attended to offer support and guidance. The day started off in the Graham Hills building where staff introduced themselves and set the schedule for the day. The young people were split into groups and each assigned a special Strathclyde Mentor.
There was then an array of team building and some fantastic “get to know you” games, including building balloon towers. As you can see, there was some stiff competition!

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The Uni team went to great lengths to ensure the young people were well informed of what university has to offer. Heather, from the University, delivered a fantastic “University – What’s it All About?” interactive session. She guided our young people through everything they should expect.  From applying through UCAS, to different learning styles and the support available for those who might need an extra helping hand. The young people were really involved in the discussion, bringing up different concerns from finances to meeting new people. Heather discussed and emphasised the amazing reward in specialising in one subject.

The young people were inspired by the many great reasons why they should go to University.  The valuable skills to be gained, an enhanced CV and of course the social life. Entry requirements were also discussed, so the young people can understand what they need to do now to secure this pathway. This talk was invaluable, a boost of confidence and a forum for questions and concerns. After learning about the extra curricular activities at Strathclyde, they were excited to start their tour of the campus.

There was a quiz and scavenger hunt element of the tour, exploring the student halls! However, no one came close to guessing how many reside at Strathclyde University. All were amazed to learn that the University has over 20,000 students living there throughout the year! Exploring the on-campus bar, computer lounge and canteen left everyone impressed. Finally an excursion around the union finished the tour off.

Next was an info session on the MCR Strathclyde Summer Experience. The two day experience will immerses our young people even further into University life. These experiences mean YGT young people have the foundations and connections established when they decide that Higher Education is for them.

Like our young people, we would like to say a massive THANK YOU to Strathclyde University for hosting such a fantastic event. As a Pioneering Partner, delivering summer schools, day visits, subject tasters and student tutoring support, the organisation has gone above and beyond for our young people. On top of this, the Business School has taken the step of offering a volunteering experience  as part of its Management Development Programmes. Eight and 12-week placements are also now part of the MCR Pathways support for some course work in the Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty, with many students remaining actively involved through internships and work placements. We cannot thank the Strathclyde enough for it’s growing support of YGT.

GET INVOLVED!


We have many more young people signing up for Young Glasgow Talent’s help. They need mentors to make a huge difference to their confidence, educational outcomes and future life chances. Can you help them? Find out more about becoming a mentor.

We’re always looking for new mentors to reach all the new young people who are coming on board with the programme. Help us spread the word by letting your friends and family know how worthwhile mentoring can be!

Meet Our Mentor - Morag Thomson!

Wednesday, 15th Jun 2016
Category: Mentoring

Meet Our Mentor - Morag Thomson!

It’s been an incredible Volunteers Week. As part of the nation-wide #volunteersweek campaign we decided to showcase Young Glasgow Talent’s amazing volunteers. Today we meet our final mentor, Morag!

A huge thankyou to everyone who has taken part. The mentors who told us their stories, and everyone who celebrated them with us! It’s been truly inspiring to hear how each mentor is supporting their mentee. As well as to hear how each young person has flourished under the guidance of their mentor.

Our fabulous mentors are making life-changing differences to Glasgow’s disadvantaged young people. Our city’s young people are disadvantaged through no fault of their own. Our mentors help them find, grow and use their talents.

We really can’t celebrate them enough! So this week we’re letting you get up close and personal with them. Find out what makes them tick and learn more becoming a part of our amazing community!

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Full Name: Morag Thomson
Mentoring School: Eastbank Academy
Length of Time Mentoring: 6 months

Q1: What first inspired you to get involved in our YGT mentoring programme?
I was lucky to have a range of mentors in my life and they influenced and shaped choices and paths I chose. I felt that I had a broad range of experiences that could help a young person build confidence and guide them to have an alternative path for their future. YGT’s Mentoring programme appealed as I thought there would be like-minded people from across a range of backgrounds, similarly sharing their experiences. The resources and having an MCR Co-ordinator also seemed to signal a professional approach.

Q2: How was your very first meeting with your young person?
I was quite nervous but my mentee put me at ease! We talked about general interests, backgrounds and experiences. They talked about their interests and possible aims and aspirations.

Q3: How much have you seen your young person grow and develop since that first meeting?
A recognition of strengths and validation of what they are good at. They’re becoming more aware of the different opportunities that are available.

Q4: With your support and with your young person’s motivation, commitment and resilience, what stage has your mentee now reached in their journey?
We’re at a very early stage – looking at building confidence, developing skills for study, awareness of University degrees and future jobs/careers.

Q5: How unique has this experience been for you? How rewarding has it been to see your mentee grow and develop under your invaluable support?
My mentee is interested in what I have to suggest and is being open about alternative ideas. Sometimes we see the humorous side of things which is great. They are aware of choices and the work that needs to be put in to achieve the aspirations. We are working on future tools and techniques for studying and work experience/volunteering.

Q6: What has been the major highlight of your experience so far with your young person?
Early on, we worked on a psychometric assessment quiz (via one of the MCR Pathways partner recommended sites). This was an “eye opener” as the profile and possible career/roles were not what my young person had considered. They agreed with the accuracy of the psychometric profile. This has opened up a new beginning and possible study/career options to explore. There is trust and curiosity during our discussions which is humbling.

Q7: What would you say to someone that has been inspired by our amazing community and is looking to get involved in the YGT programme?
Go for it! You may not think you are making a difference after each meeting but your mentee will tell you differently. What have you got to lose?

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More young people than ever before are signing up for the YGT programme. Can you support them by becoming a volunteer mentor? Just visit this link. You’ll be joining an amazing community! Full of like minded and committed people. Keep an eye on our website, Facebook , Linkedin and Twitter until 12th June to meet many more!

Is there a friend or family member that you know would make a perfect mentor. Send them our way! We’re looking for new mentors to match with young people at our new schools. We have loads of new young people waiting. You or someone you know could be the perfect mentor for them! Visit our website and find out more today.

Meet Our Mentor - Marjory Smith!

Wednesday, 15th Jun 2016
Category: Mentoring

Meet Our Mentor - Marjory Smith!

Meet our amazing mentor, Marjory Smith.

As part of the nation-wide #volunteersweek campaign we’re delighted to showcase Young Glasgow Talent’s amazing volunteers.

Our fabulous mentors are making life-changing differences to Glasgow’s disadvantaged young people. Our city’s young people are disadvantaged through no fault of their own. Our mentors help them find, grow and use their talents.

We really can’t celebrate them enough! So this week we’re letting you get up close and personal with them. Find out what makes them tick and learn more becoming a part of our amazing community!

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Full Name: Marjory Smith
Mentoring School: Smithycroft
Length of Time Mentoring: 1 year

Q1: What first inspired you to get involved in our YGT mentoring programme?
First became interested when I read a feature on MCR mentoring programme in Glasgow City Council Magazine and felt that it was a really worthwhile initiative. I was aware that young people in the care system were much less likely to progress within and after school, because of circumstances rather than lack of ability. I had been a member of the Children’s Hearing System for ten years. I was very aware of the gap in support for young people who maybe just need a bit of extra encouragement

Q2: How was your very first meeting with your young person?
The first meeting with my young person went much better than I had expected. We have talked about this recently and it turns out we were both pretty nervous about it! I was worried that there would be gaps in the conversation, or that I would talk too much and try to offer solutions to everything! That wasn’t the case, she likes to talk and we got on pretty well.

Q3: How much have you seen your young person grow and develop since that first meeting?
She has developed in that I think, and she said this rather than me saying it, that her self esteem and confidence has increased. I think this is possibly down to a number of things but I think being involved with MCR Pathways Young Glasgow Talent programme has helped.

Q4: With your support and with your young person’s motivation, commitment and resilience, what stage has your mentee now reached in their journey?
She is about to start S4 and is starting to think about exams. We are also starting to look at options for work experience. She has a definite idea of what she would like to do after school but still has to work out how to get there.

Q5: How unique has this experience been for you? How rewarding has it been to see your mentee grow and develop under your invaluable support?
This has been a very rewarding experience for me and I look forward to my weekly meetings. I would like to do a bit more actually and am looking forward to going along to a Talent Taster session with some other young people at Glasgow’s Riverside Museum next week. It has been good to see my mentee becoming happier at school and although there are the usual moans and groans about it, she actually enjoys being there. She has a wider circle of friends than when I first met her and we agree that this is good for her.

Q6: What has been the major highlight of your experience so far with your young person?
I think the highlight has been seeing her be genuinely pleased to meet with me. She took me on a tour of the school a few months ago and introduced me to some of her teachers and that was very useful.

Q7: What would you say to someone that has been inspired by our amazing community and is looking to get involved in the YGT programme?
I would really, and already have, encouraged people to take part. I think the best part of volunteering in this programme is that we are encouraged to use our initiative and discuss ideas with our YGT Co-ordinator. The time commitment isn’t onerous and it feels like we are involved in something that really works!

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More young people than ever before are signing up for the YGT programme. Can you support them by becoming a volunteer mentor? Just visit this link. You’ll be joining an amazing community! Full of like minded and committed people. Keep an eye on our website, Facebook , Linkedin and Twitter until 12th June to meet many more!

Is there a friend or family member that you know would make a perfect mentor. Send them our way! We’re looking for new mentors to match with young people at our new schools. We have loads of new young people waiting. You or someone you know could be the perfect mentor for them! Visit our website and find out more today.

Meet Our Mentors - Carolyn O'Reilly and Evelyn Toma!

Wednesday, 15th Jun 2016
Category: Mentoring

Meet Our Mentors - Carolyn O'Reilly and Evelyn Toma!

We’re meeting two new amazing mentors today! Both Carolyn and Evelyn love mentoring. You can find out why by reading their inspiring stories below.

As part of the nation-wide #volunteersweek campaign we’re delighted to showcase Young Glasgow Talent’s amazing volunteers.

Our fabulous mentors are making life-changing differences to Glasgow’s disadvantaged young people. Our city’s young people are disadvantaged through no fault of their own. Our mentors help them find, grow and use their talents.

We really can’t celebrate them enough! So this week we’re letting you get up close and personal with them. Find out what makes them tick and learn more becoming a part of our amazing community!

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Full Name: Carolyn O’Reilly
Mentoring School: St Andrew’s
Length of Time Mentoring: 9 months

Q: What first inspired you to get involved in our YGT mentoring programme?
I thought it was a great initiative and I liked that it was taking place in the East End, where I’m from.

Q: How was your very first meeting with your young person?
I’m from the same area and background as my young person so that helped. The first meeting goes well when you talk about what you have in common.

Q: How much have you seen your young person grow and develop since that first meeting?
My young person is becoming more confident with school work and I’ve noticed that their horizons have been broadened.

Q: How unique has this experience been for you? How rewarding has it been to see your mentee grow and develop under your invaluable support?
Once the trust has been built up, you find how influential your opinion is and just what impact you’ve had. I think the next academic year will be where the real difference is made.

Q: What has been the major highlight of your experience so far with your young person?
Seeing the improvement in attendance at school and their enthusiasm for the programme increase.

Q: What would you say to someone that has been inspired by our amazing community and is looking to get involved in the YGT programme?
Go for it!

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Full Name: Evelyn Toma
Mentoring School: St Andrew’s
Length of Time Mentoring: 22 months

Q: What first inspired you to get involved in our YGT mentoring programme?
I was at the stage in my life where I felt I wanted to give something back and was looking for ideas. A friend of mine saw information on Glasgow District Council web site and sent me a link saying she thought it would be perfect for me

Q: How much have you seen your young person grow and develop since that first meeting?
My mentee was very quiet in our first few meetings – and never proactively communicated. She is now more chatty and will proactively tell me stories about school or seek my advice if she is struggling with something academically.

Q: With your support and with your young person’s motivation, commitment and resilience, what stage has your mentee now reached in their journey?
She understands that academic achievement is really important if she wants to have as many choices as possible about her future and is currently working hard for her exams.

Q: How unique has this experience been for you? How rewarding has it been to see your mentee grow and develop under your invaluable support?
If I can inspire her to actually pursue a career and think of herself as having real potential then it’s all worthwhile.

Q: What has been the major highlight of your experience so far with your young person?
Taking her to the open night at BAE systems where we chatted and she seemed to enjoy the experience. Having her text me to get my help on her Physics assignment.

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More young people than ever before are signing up for the YGT programme. Can you support them by becoming a volunteer mentor? Just visit this link. You’ll be joining an amazing community! Full of like minded and committed people. Keep an eye on our website, Facebook , Linkedin and Twitter until 12th June to meet many more!

Is there a friend or family member that you know would make a perfect mentor. Send them our way! We’re looking for new mentors to match with young people at our new schools. We have loads of new young people waiting. You or someone you know could be the perfect mentor for them! Visit our website and find out more today.

Meet Our Mentor - Rosanna Moore!

Wednesday, 15th Jun 2016
Category: Mentoring

Meet Our Mentor - Rosanna Moore!

It’s Volunteer Week!

As part of the nation-wide #volunteersweek campaign we’re delighted to showcase Young Glasgow Talent’s amazing volunteers.

Today we’re meeting our dedicated mentor, Rosanna Moore.

Our fabulous mentors are making life-changing differences to Glasgow’s disadvantaged young people. Our city’s young people are disadvantaged through no fault of their own. Our mentors help them find, grow and use their talents.

We really can’t celebrate them enough! So this week we’re letting you get up close and personal with them. Find out what makes them tick and learn more becoming a part of our amazing community!

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Full Name: Rosanna Moore
Mentoring School: Springburn Academy
Length of Time Mentoring: 7 months

Q1: What first inspired you to get involved in our YGT mentoring programme?
I heard about MCR through the widening access team at my University, Strathclyde. Once I’d looked at your website and learned a bit more about what MCR do, I decided it was definitely something I’d like to pursue. As a care leaver myself I remember how invaluable my mentor was and this is my first opportunity to ‘give back’.

Q2: How was your very first meeting with your young person?
Daunting – I was very nervous. I was only a teenager a few years ago myself and remember how judgemental they can be. I wasn’t sure if they’d like me, want me to be their mentor etc. But within minutes I felt at ease with my young person. We just clicked.

Q3: How much have you seen your young person grow and develop since that first meeting?
Her attendance has improved and her self belief, confidence and motivation has increased weekly before me. She now has a goal, to reach university, and is motivated to get there.

Q4: With your support and with your young person’s motivation, commitment and resilience, what stage has your mentee now reached in their journey?
She is just finishing up her exams at the end of S4 and has just picked her subjects.

Q5: How unique has this experience been for you? How rewarding has it been to see your mentee grow and develop under your invaluable support?
I’m loving this experience. The bond I have with my YP is genuine and trusting. She reminds me so much of what I was like at her age, and watching her confidence and motivation grow week by week means the world to me.

Q6: What has been the major highlight of your experience so far with your young person?
Getting to the stage where she trusts me and is comfortable to tell me her fears, concerns and more, I feel at ease asking her questions now.

Q7: What would you say to someone that has been inspired by our amazing community and is looking to get involved in the YGT programme?
Most definitely join up! It is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done in my life. As a 23 year old care leaver myself who had (and still has) my own mentor, the difference someone like that can make is invaluable.

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More young people than ever before are signing up for the YGT programme. Can you support them by becoming a volunteer mentor? Just visit this link. You’ll be joining an amazing community! Full of like minded and committed people. Keep an eye on our website, Facebook , Linkedin and Twitter until 12th June to meet many more!

Is there a friend or family member that you know would make a perfect mentor. Send them our way! We’re looking for new mentors to match with young people at our new schools. We have loads of new young people waiting. You or someone you know could be the perfect mentor for them! Visit our website and find out more today.

Meet Our Mentor - DonnaMarie Steel!

Wednesday, 15th Jun 2016
Category: Mentoring

Meet Our Mentor - DonnaMarie Steel!

We’re in our last few days of what’s been an incredible Volunteer Week.

As part of the nation-wide #volunteersweek campaign we’re delighted to showcase Young Glasgow Talent’s amazing volunteers.

One of today’s mentors under our spotlight is DonnaMarie Steel. Just like the rest of our mentors, DonnaMarie is full of motivation to help her young person achieve everything they can.

Our fabulous mentors are making life-changing differences to Glasgow’s disadvantaged young people. Our city’s young people are disadvantaged through no fault of their own. Our mentors help them find, grow and use their talents.

We really can’t celebrate them enough! So this week we’re letting you get up close and personal with them. Find out what makes them tick and learn more becoming a part of our amazing community!

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Full Name: DonnaMarie Steel
Mentoring School: St Rochs Secondary School
Length of Time Mentoring: 1 year

Q1: What first inspired you to get involved in our YGT mentoring programme?
Following a presentation at my work by YGT’s Donna Cunningham, looking to recruit new mentors, I was keen to find out more. I could see how passionate Donna was about the programme. I felt I could share the same passion if I got involved, through my experience at school and also having come from a ‘Looked After at home’ background.

Q2: How was your very first meeting with your young person?
Our first meeting went very well. We are both bubbly, chatty characters so there was a lovely comfortable atmosphere between both myself and my young person. This continues at every meeting.

Q3: How much have you seen your young person grow and develop since that first meeting?
I have noticed a difference in my young person’s confidence in her academic ability. She seemed to think she couldn’t do certain tasks, for example, solo talks, but when we planned for it at one of our meetings and prepared the presentation she was excited to present her work to her class. She also seems more mature now

Q4: With your support and with your young person’s motivation, commitment and resilience, what stage has your mentee now reached in their journey?
My young person is about to go into 4th year this August. At the moment I think the route she would like to pursue would be a beauty course at college.

Q5: How unique has this experience been for you? How rewarding has it been to see your mentee grow and develop under your invaluable support?
I love my mentor meetings – I think it’s such a rewarding experience. I really enjoy seeing my mentee grow and develop at each meeting.

Q6: What has been the major highlight of your experience so far with your young person?
I really enjoy the relationship we have built. We can have good banter, but can also be serious when needed. Even though we are both very chatty, it has been more recently through a colouring-in activity that my mentee has opened up more to me.

Q7: What would you say to someone that has been inspired by our amazing community and is looking to get involved in the YGT programme?
Definitely get involved! It’s an absolutely fantastic programme to be involved in – the support you receive from the YGT team is excellent and the feeling that you are giving something back and supporting someone on their journey is wonderful.
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More young people than ever before are signing up for the YGT programme. Can you support them by becoming a volunteer mentor? Just visit this link. You’ll be joining an amazing community! Full of like minded and committed people. Keep an eye on our website, Facebook , Linkedin and Twitter until 12th June to meet many more!

Is there a friend or family member that you know would make a perfect mentor. Send them our way! We’re looking for new mentors to match with young people at our new schools. We have loads of new young people waiting. You or someone you know could be the perfect mentor for them! Visit our website and find out more today.

Meet Our Mentor - Peter McGrath!

Wednesday, 15th Jun 2016
Category: Mentoring

Meet Our Mentor - Peter McGrath!

Today we’re Meeting Our Mentor, Peter McGrath. Like all of our mentors, Peter has a unique and amazing mentoring story. All focused around his amazing young person.

As part of the nation-wide #volunteersweek campaign we’re delighted to showcase Young Glasgow Talent’s amazing volunteers.

Our fabulous mentors are making life-changing differences to Glasgow’s disadvantaged young people. Our city’s young people are disadvantaged through no fault of their own. Our mentors help them find, grow and use their talents.

We really can’t celebrate them enough! So this week we’re letting you get up close and personal with them. Find out what makes them tick and learn more becoming a part of our amazing community!

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Full Name: Peter McGrath
Mentoring School: Drumchapel High School
Length of Time Mentoring: 6 months

Q1: What first inspired you to get involved in our YGT mentoring programme?
I understood that many ‘looked after’ children , through no fault of their own, had challenges in their life and I felt that maybe I had something to offer to them. I appreciated that they had many talents but perhaps fewer opportunities than others and therefore deserved our support. I also wanted to give something back to the community of Glasgow.

Q2: How was your very first meeting with your young person?
I think it was quite exciting but at the same time nerve wracking especially in the first few minutes. Our YGT Co-ordinator introduced us and then left us to it! After 10 or 15 minutes we both started to relax and we had a very informal discussion about the programme, about my mentee and our mutual expectations of the programme and our relationship.

Q3: How much have you seen your young person grow and develop since that first meeting?
I think he’s become more relaxed and more confident in our relationship. I also believe he’s trusting of me and what I can do in very practical ways to support him. I think he’s also felt more comfortable in telling his mum about the sorts of things we discuss in our meetings.

Q4: With your support and with your young person’s motivation, commitment and resilience, what stage has your mentee now reached in their journey?
He’s in S3 and choosing his subjects for National 4 exams next year. He’s also working well and starting to think about a possible future career. We’re using the ‘My World of Work’ website as a tool to do this.

Q5: How unique has this experience been for you? How rewarding has it been to see your mentee grow and develop under your invaluable support?
It’s been great. Our relationship is a marathon not a sprint so things can move slowly and then pick up speed. I’ve seen him develop and I also feel that I’ve also learned from him.

Q6: What has been the major highlight of your experience so far with your young person?
My mentee feeling able to share his aspirations for the future with his family.

Q7: What would you say to someone that has been inspired by our amazing community and is looking to get involved in the YGT programme?
Every mentee and mentoring relationship is different – no two are the same. You’ll get huge personal satisfaction as you see your young person grow and flourish and you feel that you’ve helped to unlock their potential. You’ll also learn a lot from them too! Go for it!
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More young people than ever before are signing up for the YGT programme. Can you support them by becoming a volunteer mentor? Just visit this link. You’ll be joining an amazing community! Full of like minded and committed people. Keep an eye on our website, Facebook , Linkedin and Twitter until 12th June to meet many more!

Is there a friend or family member that you know would make a perfect mentor. Send them our way! We’re looking for new mentors to match with young people at our new schools. We have loads of new young people waiting. You or someone you know could be the perfect mentor for them! Visit our website and find out more today.

Meet Our Mentors - Jules McKim and Margaret Edwards!

Wednesday, 15th Jun 2016
Category: Mentoring

Meet Our Mentors -  Jules McKim and Margaret Edwards!

Today it’s the turn of two more mentors! Jules McKim and Margaret Edwards.

Both Jules and Margaret are new to mentoring. With brand new relationships with their young people, this is a really exciting time for any mentor. Find out how they’ve found their experiences so far. This is a fantastic insight for anyone considering mentoring, who hasn’t before.

Our fabulous mentors are making life-changing differences to Glasgow’s disadvantaged young people. Our city’s young people are disadvantaged through no fault of their own. Our mentors help them find, grow and use their talents.

We really can’t celebrate them enough! So this week we’re letting you get up close and personal with them. Find out what makes them tick and learn more becoming a part of our amazing community!

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Full Name: Jules McKim
Mentoring School: Eastbank Academy
Length of Time Mentoring: 3 months

Q1: What first inspired you to get involved in our YGT mentoring programme?
I was keen to offer support to a young person and to offer any guidance required. With so many children going through the care system, it only felt right to do what I can to support.

Q2: How was your very first meeting with your young person?
I was really nervous meeting her for the first time, however it was very informal and nothing to worry about.

Q3: How much have you seen your young person grow and develop since that first meeting?
Since our first meeting she has become more open and seems at ease. She now contributes more and asks questions.

Q4: With your support and with your young person’s motivation, commitment and resilience, what stage has your mentee now reached in their journey?
Still in the early stages however I am really happy with how things are progressing.

Q5: How unique has this experience been for you? How rewarding has it been to see your mentee grow and develop under your invaluable support?
It was difficult at first as it has taken a while to build a rapport. Last week’s session was the best we have had – I felt really positive about it.

Q6: What has been the major highlight of your experience so far with your young person?
Seeing her become more confident and interacting.

Q7: What would you say to someone that has been inspired by our amazing community and is looking to get involved in the YGT programme?
It is definitely worth considering. One hour of your time once a week is nothing and can go a long way towards supporting a young person.
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Full Name: Margaret Edwards
Mentoring School: Smithycroft
Length of Time Mentoring: 5 months

Q1: What first inspired you to get involved in our YGT mentoring programme?
I saw an article in the Herald and thought the idea sounded very worthwhile as I could have done with some help as a teenager.

Q2: How was your very first meeting with your young person?
A bit awkward as we didn’t know each other at all but it was ok – my mentee was very nice.

Q3: How much have you seen your young person grow and develop since that first meeting?
My mentee has attended every meeting which indicates that she wants to be there. She responds and initiates ideas a bit more.

Q4: With your support and with your young person’s motivation, commitment and resilience, what stage has your mentee now reached in their journey?
She seems to be lifting her ideas of what might be possible to tackle and has made more choices for her subjects for the coming school year.

Q5: How unique has this experience been for you? How rewarding has it been to see your mentee grow and develop under your invaluable support?
This has been a very comfortable experience where I think my mentee enjoys having discussions about the wider world as well as school.

Q6: What has been the major highlight of your experience so far with your young person?
The last meeting my mentee chose more subjects for her next term than I had expected.

Q7: What would you say to someone that has been inspired by our amazing community and is looking to get involved in the YGT programme?
I think this is a very worthwhile experience and gives the young person unconditional support that they might not otherwise receive.

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More young people than ever before are signing up for the YGT programme. Can you support them by becoming a volunteer mentor? Just visit this link. You’ll be joining an amazing community! Full of like minded and committed people. Keep an eye on our website, Facebook , Linkedin and Twitter until 12th June to meet many more!

Is there a friend or family member that you know would make a perfect mentor. Send them our way! We’re looking for new mentors to match with young people at our new schools. We have loads of new young people waiting. You or someone you know could be the perfect mentor for them! Visit our website and find out more today.

Meet Our Mentor - Giulio Romano!

Wednesday, 15th Jun 2016
Category: Mentoring

Meet Our Mentor - Giulio Romano!

We’re over half way through Volunteers Week!

Thanks to everyone’s fantastic engagement so far in our campaign.

As part of the nation-wide #volunteersweek campaign we’re delighted to showcase Young Glasgow Talent’s amazing volunteers.

Today we’re meeting our amazing mentor, Giulio.

Our fabulous mentors are making life-changing differences to Glasgow’s disadvantaged young people. Our city’s young people are disadvantaged through no fault of their own. Our mentors help them find, grow and use their talents.

We really can’t celebrate them enough! So this week we’re letting you get up close and personal with them. Find out what makes them tick and learn more becoming a part of our amazing community!

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Full Name: Giulio Romano
Mentoring School: Lochend
Length of Time Mentoring: Almost 1 year

Q1: What first inspired you to get involved in our YGT mentoring programme?
I work for the Scottish Funding Council which supports YGT by enabling staff to volunteer as mentors during their normal working day. Prior to this I had never done anything like it so gave it some thought and decided it could be a new experience for me. I also think, coming from Glasgow, with a bit of ‘home-town’ nostalgia, I liked the idea of helping a school pupil from the Glasgow I grew up in! One of the YGT schools, St Mungo’s, is my old school!

Q2: How was your very first meeting with your young person?
It was actually quite good, although I was a bit nervous and awkward, as to be expected. I did most of the talking but my mentee was quite open considering I was a complete stranger.

Q3: How much have you seen your young person grow and develop since that first meeting?
My mentee has always known what they wanted to do and has always been an engaged pupil. Since our first meeting, my mentee has stayed on their path to university and is well on the road to achieving that. Where I have seen growth and development has been in their ability to chat about all sorts of things, some personal, and in being relaxed with me. My mentee has not missed any sessions and is fully engaged in the YGT process. They’re quite a chatter-box and very funny at times!

Q4: With your support and with your young person’s motivation, commitment and resilience, what stage has your mentee now reached in their journey?
They’re just about to start 4th year, so they’re going into National 5s for all subjects. Their plan is still to go to university, so we’re working towards that.

Q5: How unique has this experience been for you? How rewarding has it been to see your mentee grow and develop under your invaluable support?
It has been a fantastic (and very new) experience for me so far. Being something I’ve never done before, I’ve learned a lot – but generally I’ve just had a really good time in my meetings. My mentee is a lovely, highly intelligent and very engaged pupil, which makes my role as a mentor a pleasure. To be honest, I am sometimes a bit unsure if I am helping, but I think I am – even if it just provides a space to talk about anything.

Q6: What has been the major highlight of your experience so far with your young person?
My mentee shows me sketches and drawings which have been really good. This was a particular highlight when I was told that I was the only person who took an interest!

Q7: What would you say to someone that has been inspired by our amazing community and is looking to get involved in the YGT programme?
Based on my experience I would highly recommend it. The time commitment is small but you can really help a child reach for a goal in life.

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More young people than ever before are signing up for the YGT programme. Can you support them by becoming a volunteer mentor? Just visit this link. You’ll be joining an amazing community! Full of like minded and committed people. Keep an eye on our website, Facebook , Linkedin and Twitter until 12th June to meet many more!

Is there a friend or family member that you know would make a perfect mentor. Send them our way! We’re looking for new mentors to match with young people at our new schools. We have loads of new young people waiting. You or someone you know could be the perfect mentor for them! Visit our website and find out more today.

Meet Our Mentors - Anne, Sharon and Elizabeth!

Wednesday, 15th Jun 2016
Category: Mentoring

Meet Our Mentors - Anne, Sharon and Elizabeth!

It’s Volunteer Week!

As part of the nation-wide #volunteersweek campaign we’re delighted to showcase Young Glasgow Talent’s amazing volunteers.

Today we’re combining three amazing stories. One from our very own Pathways Coordinator AND dedicated mentor, Elizabeth! Another from Sharon McIntyre, an incredibly dedicated mentor from the Wheatley Group who has gone above and beyond time after time for YGT! Finally Anne, who has fantastically used her skills from her line of work to inspire her as a mentor. Read all their amazing stories below!

Our fabulous mentors are making life-changing differences to Glasgow’s young people. Our city’s young people are disadvantaged through no fault of their own, but they’re utterly deserving of mentors who help them find, grow and use their talents.

We really can’t celebrate them enough! So this week we’re letting you get up close and personal with them. Find out what makes them tick and learn more becoming a part of our amazing community!

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Full Name: Anne Hind
Mentoring School: Spirngburn Academy
Length of Time Mentoring: 8 months

Q: What first inspired you to get involved in our YGT mentoring programme?
I recently retired from working as a specialist speech and language therapist and felt that my experience within that job would be beneficial. I also feel strongly about young people having support and making the best of the education which is available to them.

Q: How was your very first meeting with your young person?
Obviously a relationship had to be formed but this young man could communicate easily so there was no real issue.

Q: How much have you seen your young person grow and develop since that first meeting?
I feel he is more realistic about his future goals

Q: How unique has this experience been for you? How rewarding has it been to see your mentee grow and develop under your invaluable support?
It is rewarding and very worthwhile. I have enjoyed the experience. The fact that he has agreed to go on some visits to nursery and after school establishments with regards to informing his career choices [is so significant].

Q: What would you say to someone that has been inspired by our amazing community and is looking to get involved in the YGT programme?
Do it! It is worthwhile and at times exciting.

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Full Name: Sharon McIntyre
Mentoring School: Spirngburn Academy
Length of Time Mentoring: 8 months

Q: How much have you seen your young person grow and develop since that first meeting?
The change in their emotional intelligence is night and day. Stability at school has improved, school relationships and home relationships are now more manageable (they have coping mechanisms in place) and studies are steady. Aspirations have also been developed alongside confidence. My Young Person has a lot of responsibilities at home and our time together is time for her – her alone to talk, laugh and dream a little.

Q: With your support and with your young person’s motivation, commitment and resilience, what stage has your mentee now reached in their journey?
She stayed on to 6th year and is now about to leave. They’re considering modern apprenticeship opportunities. They previously pursued college interests but felt not ready to take that up just yet. However, they may do so next year.

Q: How unique has this experience been for you? How rewarding has it been to see your mentee grow and develop under your invaluable support?
Fantastic all in. I care a lot for my young person and believe she can take on the world! It’s genuinely great company once a week, to hear about her world and help in anyway I can. I feel like the session matters – when you see the growth and feel it. Integration with the wider school too is improving, which helps you feel part of that community. This is a vital part of knowing mentoring belongs there and is respected and supported by young people themselves and professionals.

Q: What has been the major highlight of your experience so far with your young person?
I can’t pick out a single moment – each and every session has a wee gold nugget. It is more about the privilege of being let into a young person’s world and feeling so fortunate for that alone.

Q: What would you say to someone that has been inspired by our amazing community and is looking to get involved in the YGT programme?
DO IT NOW!

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Full Name: Elizabeth McKechnie
Mentoring School: Lochend
Length of Time Mentoring: 3 months

Q: What first inspired you to get involved in our YGT mentoring programme?
I see the great work that comes from mentoring a young person through the work I do with MCR.

Q: How was your very first meeting with your young person?
I found it very interesting and although I was very nervous my mentee put me at ease straight away.

Q: How much have you seen your young person grow and develop since that first meeting?
My mentee has grown in her ability to take action and make important decisions about her life and pathways on her own.

Q: With your support and with your young person’s motivation, commitment and resilience, what stage has your mentee now reached in their journey?
My young person has given herself different options in that they have applied for a full time college place, registered for apprenticeships on Glasgow Guarantee and may stay on to do their final year in school.

Q: How unique has this experience been for you? How rewarding has it been to see your mentee grow and develop under your invaluable support?
I have only been mentoring for a short time but it has been amazing just to get the chance to know this young person as they are a fantastic young person who can contribute loads to society and the world of work. I came in at a time when all they needed was someone to discuss the decisions they were making at the time.

Q: What has been the major highlight of your experience so far with your young person?
The excitement on their face at the prospect of the next part of their journey

Q: What would you say to someone that has been inspired by our amazing community and is looking to get involved in the YGT programme?
If you are someone who always strives to learn something new, then hang about with a young person once a week. They are the most interesting and entertaining species on earth.

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More young people than ever before are signing up for the YGT programme. Can you support them by becoming a volunteer mentor? Just visit this link. You’ll be joining an amazing community! Full of like minded and committed people. Keep an eye on our website, Facebook , Linkedin and Twitter until 12th June to meet many more!

Is there a friend or family member that you know would make a perfect mentor. Send them our way! We’re looking for new mentors to match with young people at our new schools. We have loads of new young people waiting. You or someone you know could be the perfect mentor for them! Visit our website and find out more today.

Meet Our Mentors - Gordon Montgomery and Anne Stirling!

Wednesday, 15th Jun 2016
Category: Mentoring

Meet Our Mentors - Gordon Montgomery and Anne Stirling!

It’s Volunteer Week!

As part of the nation-wide #volunteersweek campaign we’re delighted to showcase Young Glasgow Talent’s amazing volunteers.

This blog covers not one fantastic mentor, but two! Gordon Montgomery and Anne Stirling.

Our fabulous mentors are making life-changing differences to Glasgow’s disadvantaged young people. Our city’s young people are disadvantaged through no fault of their own. Our mentors help them find, grow and use their talents.

We really can’t celebrate them enough! So this week we’re letting you get up close and personal with them. Find out what makes them tick and learn more becoming a part of our amazing community!

Full Name: Gordon Montgomery
Mentoring School: St Andrews Secondary School
Length of Time Mentoring: 10 Months

Q1: What first inspired you to get involved in our YGT mentoring programme?
There are many young people needing a supportive influence in their lives and I felt that I had the skills and spare time to benefit someone who needs it.

Q2: How much have you seen your young person grow and develop since that first meeting?
My mentee has grown from a shy school kid talking about homework to a young adult planning for a career. He is totally at ease during our meetings due to the level of trust and friendship we have built up.

Q3: How unique has this experience been for you? How rewarding has it been to see your mentee grow and develop under your invaluable support?
It’s been a great experience for me. It’s sometimes challenging because you don’t know what problem a teenager will bring to you next! But it is also very rewarding to help somebody get through whatever issues they have and it’s good to know that they feel they can count on you.

Q4: What has been the major highlight of your experience so far with your young person?
When my mentor referred to me as “the guy who helps me get through stuff”, it was then I knew he understood what I was there for and appreciated what I do for him.

Q5: What would you say to someone that has been inspired by our amazing community and is looking to get involved in the YGT programme?
If you think you could do it, you probably can!

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Full Name: Anne Stirling
Mentoring School: Springburn
How Long Have You Been Mentoring Your Young Person For?: 8 Months

Q1: What first inspired you to get involved in our YGT mentoring programme?
YGT is amazing, what an organisation!! It’s a great way to become involved with young adults, to help them towards a successful future.

Q2: How was your very first meeting with your young person?
My first meeting with my Mentee was good, although I think I did most of the talking! Over the months it’s become more relaxed and we’re able to chat freely about her home and school life. We laugh and it’s fun. She has a lovely sense of humour and we have built a good relationship.

Q3: With your support and with your young person’s motivation, commitment and resilience, what stage has your mentee now reached in their journey?
At the moment she is trying out different colleges in Glasgow. This is her going into 5th year and will hopefully do a split placement between school and college. Last year she emphatically said she hated school, and would leave, so it is good that there is a chance she’ll stay on now. Her school attendance at one point was 16%. It went up to 86% – this was achieved by a lot of encouragement from a lot of people!

Q4: What would you say to someone that has been inspired by our amazing community and is looking to get involved in the YGT programme?
I would say to anyone who might be thinking of mentoring – give it a go, I’m sure you will enjoy it! I certainly do!

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More young people than ever before are signing up for the YGT programme. Can you support them by becoming a volunteer mentor? Just visit this link. You’ll be joining an amazing community! Full of like minded and committed people. Keep an eye on our website, Facebook , Linkedin and Twitter until 12th June to meet many more!

Is there a friend or family member that you know would make a perfect mentor. Send them our way! We’re looking for new mentors to match with young people at our new schools. We have loads of new young people waiting. You or someone you know could be the perfect mentor for them! Visit our website and find out more today.

Meet Our Mentor - Liz Robertson!

Friday, 03rd Jun 2016
Category: Mentoring

Meet Our Mentor - Liz Robertson!

It’s Volunteer Week!

As part of the nation-wide #volunteersweek campaign we’re delighted to showcase Young Glasgow Talent’s amazing volunteers.

Today we’re meeting our dedicated mentor, Liz Robertson.

Our fabulous mentors are making life-changing differences to Glasgow’s young people. Our city’s young people are disadvantaged through no fault of their own. Our mentors help them find, grow and use their talents.

We really can’t celebrate them enough! So this week we’re letting you get up close and personal with them. Find out what makes them tick and learn more becoming a part of our amazing community!

Full Name: Liz Robertson
Mentoring School: Eastbank Academy
Length of Time Mentoring: 4 months

Q1: What first inspired you to get involved in our YGT mentoring programme?
I heard about YGT mentoring through a colleague at Wheatley Group and attended a briefing in our Academy to get some more information. It’s fair to say that I was totally bowled over by the passionate work of YGT and just knew I had to get involved.

Q2: How was your very first meeting with your young person?
It actually went really well, we are both naturally chatty and were at ease with each other from the start.

Q3: How much have you seen your young person grow and develop since that first meeting?
I met my young person at a time when her school had already discussed options with her for moving onto higher education at college, but even in the few months I have mentored my young person, I have seen her grow in confidence and believing in herself and her talents.

Q4: With your support and with your young person’s motivation, commitment and resilience, what stage has your mentee now reached in their journey?
My young person was successful in applying for a college placement after the summer which is just fantastic! This is something I truly believe she will excel at for her chosen career pathway.

Q5: How unique has this experience been for you? How rewarding has it been to see your mentee grow and develop under your invaluable support?
This experience has been truly rewarding, I have learned from my young person who never fails to amaze me! It’s a two way deal for us.

Q6: What has been the major highlight of your experience so far with your young person?
Obviously the college placement is the ‘biggy’, but having the privilege to be a mentor for my young person has been my personal highlight.

Q7: What would you say to someone that has been inspired by our amazing community and is looking to get involved in the YGT programme?
Do it! You can’t underestimate just how important it is for young people to have someone there for them, someone they can depend on, who listens. It’s an hour of your time, it will be the best hour of your week!

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More young people than ever before are signing up for the YGT programme. Can you support them by becoming a volunteer mentor? Just visit this link. You’ll be joining an amazing community! Full of like minded and committed people. Keep an eye on our website, Facebook , Linkedin and Twitter until 12th June to meet many more!

Is there a friend or family member that you know would make a perfect mentor. Send them our way! We’re looking for new mentors to match with young people at our new schools. We have loads of new young people waiting. You or someone you know could be the perfect mentor for them! Visit our website and find out more today.

Meet Our Mentor - Robert Rennie!

Friday, 03rd Jun 2016
Category: Mentoring

Meet Our Mentor - Robert Rennie!

It’s Volunteer Week!

As part of the nation-wide #volunteersweek campaign we’re delighted to showcase Young Glasgow Talent’s amazing volunteers.

We’ve had a fantastic response so far. Thank you for your support! Today we’re meeting our amazing mentor, Robert Rennie.

Our fabulous mentors are making life-changing differences to Glasgow’s disadvantaged young people. Our city’s young people are disadvantaged through no fault of their own. Our mentors help them find, grow and use their talents.

We really can’t celebrate them enough! So this week we’re letting you get up close and personal with them. Find out what makes them tick and learn more becoming a part of our amazing community!

Mentoring School: Springburn
Length of Time Mentoring: 1 year
Full Name: Robert Rennie

Q1: What first inspired you to get involved in our YGT mentoring programme?
I saw an article in The Herald newspaper in Glasgow and my wife thought that since I was about to be semi retired it would be something which would interest me!

Q2: How was your very first meeting with your young person?
I found the young person (then just in third year) to be quite mature for his years and I thought that the meeting went well. It was not as tense (on either side) as I thought it might be!

Q3: How much have you seen your young person grow and develop since that first meeting?
He seems to me to have grown in confidence. It is often he who raises issues from the news and current affairs and we discuss these. He certainly does not see me simply as someone who would “help with homework”, although obviously we both realise that qualifications are important!

Q4: With your support and with your young person’s motivation, commitment and resilience, what stage has your mentee now reached in their journey?
He has just gone in to fourth year and so from the point of view of examinations and qualifications, things are now becoming more serious.

Q5: How unique has this experience been for you? How rewarding has it been to see your mentee grow and develop under your invaluable support?
Although it is only for one hour per week I find my meetings refreshing. It has been interesting to see how my mentee can focus on careers and prospects for the future. We have discussed a number of possible careers including the financial rewards available. He has developed a very adult and focused attitude to future prospects.

Q6: What has been the major highlight of your experience so far with your young person?
Supporting the mentee in the completion of a skills task for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme on the Law of Scotland and the Courts structure.

Q7: What would you say to someone that has been inspired by our amazing community and is looking to get involved in the YGT programme?
I would not hesitate in recommending the Scheme. Indeed, one of my colleagues in my own firm is now considering joining! It is a privilege to work with young people.

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More young people than ever before are signing up for the YGT programme. Can you support them by becoming a volunteer mentor? Just visit this link. You’ll be joining an amazing community! Full of like minded and committed people. Keep an eye on our website, Facebook , Linkedin and Twitter until 12th June to meet many more!

Is there a friend or family member that you know would make a perfect mentor. Send them our way! We’re looking for new mentors to match with young people at our new schools. We have loads of new young people waiting. You or someone you know could be the perfect mentor for them! Visit our website and find out more today.

Meet Our Mentor - Sarah Fisher!

Friday, 03rd Jun 2016
Category: Mentoring

Meet Our Mentor - Sarah Fisher!

It’s our second “Meet Our Mentor” on day 3 of Volunteer Week!

As part of the nation-wide #volunteersweek campaign we’re delighted to showcase Young Glasgow Talent’s amazing volunteers.

Our fabulous mentors are making life-changing differences to Glasgow’s disadvantaged young people. Our city’s young people are disadvantaged through no fault of their own. Our mentors help them find, grow and use their talents.

We really can’t celebrate them enough! So this week we’re letting you get up close and personal with them. Find out what makes them tick and learn more becoming a part of our amazing community!

 

Full Name: Sarah Fisher
Mentoring School: Drumchapel High school
Length of Time Mentoring: Since beginning of January

Q1: What first inspired you to get involved in our YGT mentoring programme?
I was interested in giving back to the community and doing something a bit different. I thought it would be really nice to take some time out of the usual working day to go and do something to help someone else. I’ve always enjoyed working with children but unfortunately never got the opportunity previously in my day job, so this worked perfectly for me!

Q2: How was your very first meeting with your young person?
I think we were both pretty nervous at the beginning, as neither of us really knew what to expect from one another. The MCR Pathways Coordinator stayed in the room on our first meeting and then after we got settled with each other we decided to have our meetings outside and went for walks. Over time the conversation flowed more freely.

Q3: How much have you seen your young person grow and develop since that first meeting?
At first, my young person was quite shy but now she has grown much more confident in my company. She has opened up about her family, friends and school work and is filling me in on more personal information every time I see her. She has visited my place of work and has learnt about how our business runs here at Edrington. She is more confident in her studies and knows she can rely on me to be there if she needs a chat about anything.

Q4: With your support and with your young person’s motivation, commitment and resilience, what stage has your mentee now reached in their journey?
She still has another year of school to do and has now said she plans to see it through to the end. At the beginning it was touch and go as to whether she intended on staying for her final year. She is making excellent progress.

Q5: How unique has this experience been for you? How rewarding has it been to see your mentee grow and develop under your invaluable support?
It has been an excellent experience getting to know her. She is a very bright and fun individual and never fails to make me laugh every time I visit.

Q6: What has been the major highlight of your experience so far with your young person?
My highlight so far was seeing how she interacted with my work colleagues. She was oozing confidence and seemed to really enjoy herself. Everyone loved her and she did me proud.

Q7: What would you say to someone that has been inspired by our amazing community and is looking to get involved in the YGT programme?
I would say that it is a wonderful programme to be part of. It can be about giving a young person a slight nudge in the right direction or just being there as someone else to talk to. It’s also a nice feeling to be doing something to help a young person.

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More young people than ever before are signing up for the YGT programme. Can you support them by becoming a volunteer mentor? Just visit this link. You’ll be joining an amazing community! Full of like minded and committed people. Keep an eye on our website, Facebook , Linkedin and Twitter until 12th June to meet many more!

Is there a friend or family member that you know would make a perfect mentor. Send them our way! We’re looking for new mentors to match with young people at our new schools. We have loads of new young people waiting. You or someone you know could be the perfect mentor for them! Visit our website and find out more today.

Meet Our Mentor - Donna Martin!

Friday, 03rd Jun 2016
Category: Mentoring

Meet Our Mentor - Donna Martin!

It’s the second day of Volunteer Week!

As part of the nation-wide #volunteersweek campaign we’re delighted to showcase Young Glasgow Talent’s amazing volunteers.

Our fabulous mentors are making life-changing differences to Glasgow’s disadvantaged young people. Our city’s young people are disadvantaged through no fault of their own. Our mentors help them find, grow and use their talents.

We really can’t celebrate them enough! So this week we’re letting you get up close and personal with them. Find out what makes them tick and learn more becoming a part of our amazing community!

 

Mentoring School: Springburn Academy
Length of Time Mentoring: 1 year
Full Name: Donna Martin

Q1: What first inspired you to get involved in our YGT mentoring programme?
I mentored new starts and work experience school pupils whilst working in the kitchen at the Glasgow Marriott Hotel. When MCR contacted the hotel to see if they could explain the programme to the staff and to see if there was anyone interested in joining, Patricia Rainey and Claire Fisher from HR thought I would be perfect for the role! We deliver a number of programmes in the hotel helping people from the more disadvantaged areas of Glasgow. As an employer I know they want to support those people from our community who need assistance. I knew that taking part in the YGT mentoring programme would take my skills to the next level.

Q2: How was your very first meeting with your young person?
My first meeting was relaxed and I was put at ease by Lindsey McConnell, the YGT Pathways Co-Ordinator at Springburn Academy. I met my mentee and we chatted for about 20 minutes and she said she would like it if we met again the following week.

Q3: How much have you seen your young person grow and develop since that first meeting?
Before, my young person did not have a good year outside of school and her attendance was not great. She has since grown emotionally. She has started to take driving lessons and has a part-time job working in a childrens’ play centre. She is also taking part in the toe-to-toe programme, helping first year pupils settle into school.

Q4: With your support and with your young person’s motivation, commitment and resilience, what stage has your mentee now reached in their journey?
My young person has now left school and has two college offers starting after the summer, one for childcare and the other for a barbering course. I feel that whatever she does she will be more likely to succeed and strive to achieve more that she thought she ever could over the next few years. I have told her that I can see strength in her that she cannot see yet. She has had a tough start in life but I have encouraged her not to let that hold her back.

Q5: How unique has this experience been for you? How rewarding has it been to see your mentee grow and develop under your invaluable support?
When I met my mentee she was young for her age and was very unsure of herself. She was unhappy with the area in which she lived but had never bowed down to peer pressure from those around her. It has been good to see her grow in confidence and being able to open up more about her personal situation. I explained to her that she can live her life in any way she wants – she just has to want it enough! I believe I have helped her see that her dreams can come true and that if she tries hard enough she can live and work abroad in the next couple of years, if that is what she wants. It is really rewarding seeing someone change in just a few months. Knowing that you are giving back without expecting something in return is one of the best feelings you can have.

Q6: What has been the major highlight of your experience so far with your young person?
It was my young person’s birthday so I called ahead and asked permission to bring her in a small gift. She said she had never received a gift from outside the family before. Showing a young person that they are important to you helps them to grow and gain confidence in themselves!

When the report cards came out I asked my young person what her foster mum thought of the results she said that she hadn’t shown her any reports for a few years. I asked if I could see it and we spent the next 30 minutes going through it. It felt good knowing that she trusted me enough to allow me to talk her through her report.

Q7: What would you say to someone that has been inspired by our amazing community and is looking to get involved in the YGT programme?
Go for it! Showing a young person that you care about their future and that you are willing to help them get onto the right path is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have.

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More young people than ever before are signing up for the YGT programme. Can you support them by becoming a volunteer mentor? Just visit this link. You’ll be joining an amazing community! Full of like minded and committed people. Keep an eye on our website, Facebook , Linkedin and Twitter until 12th June to meet many more!

Is there a friend or family member that you know would make a perfect mentor. Send them our way! We’re looking for new mentors to match with young people at our new schools. We have loads of new young people waiting. You or someone you know could be the perfect mentor for them! Visit our website and find out more today.

The Herald Covers Glasgow’s Universities Coming Together To Support YGT

Thursday, 02nd Jun 2016
Category: Herald Campaign

The Herald Covers Glasgow’s Universities Coming Together To Support YGT

The Herald has today published an article outlining the outstanding commitment of Glasgow’s Universities to Young Glasgow Talent’s young people.

There have been many headlines about the poorest pupils facing ‘shocking’ barriers to University since the publication of the Sutton Trust report. Focus has turned from the fact that the most disadvantaged Scots are 4 times less likely to get into University to the restriction on number of places caused inadvertently by free tuition fees. There is universal agreement that improving widening access is a critical part of our fairness and social mobility policies. Whilst there has been improvement with the increase in college access there is much more that needs to be done to ensure Scotland does not lag the rest of the UK in access to University.

Although there is now evidently a disconnect between policy and practice, grass roots initiatives such as Young Glasgow Talent are bearing fruit and creating significant impact on widening access. All of Glasgow’s 6 Universities recently came together with MCR to train mentors and develop new widening access taster programmes for Glasgow’s most disadvantaged young people as well as share best practice.

Our founder, Iain MacRitchie, commented:

“We were delighted to bring together the city’s Universities and have a real meeting of minds and purpose. We have policies, a motivation to change and a deep rooted sense of fairness in Scotland. However it is reaching every young person with the support, confidence and aspiration they need that matters and the only way to narrow the attainment gap. Each and every young person matters and we know after 8 years of front line experience the transformational impact of 1:1 support with focused talent and skill development. It’s about building bridges with committed relationships, access to multiple experiences and wider social networks. It’s why we are so driven to have a committed mentor and talent tasters as part of the school curriculum for every disadvantaged young person.

Our education policies should be driven by the principle that the greater the disadvantage a young person experiences the greater the support and all we have to offer. Our country is rich in opportunities but not yet in access to them. The outcomes for care experienced young people best illustrate this despite us being their parents.

With MCR Talent Tasters traditional programmes of work, college and university experience are being replaced with tasters that have been designed with and for young people. It is about engaging younger and wider in reach and appeal. The amazing by-product is with the MCR taster model, they are much more sustainable and easier for each organisation to deliver. The Herald have recently hosted talent taster and saw at firsthand the benefits for all involved. We are very passionate in the belief that what has worked in some East End schools will scale and through impact will become national.

MCR Pathways is now being formally adopted as a core part of Glasgow City Council’s education system.

A clear aim that a number of Glasgow’s leading institutions now have, is to set a positive example of what is possible to narrow the attainment gap and reverse the trend. MCR brought together all of Glasgow’s Universities to work collaboratively and train and educate an initial cohort of over 60 mentors and staff on access, articulated routes, admissions processes and other practicalities. These details matter and are often obscure and difficult to understand amongst the professionals far less potential students. Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow University, Royal Scottish Conservatoire, Strathclyde University and the University of the West of Scotland have committed to supporting the city’s care experienced and most disadvantaged young people.

Through the Young Glasgow Talent programme, the institutions have pledged to engage YGT youngsters and ensure they are supported through all available pathways to university. The immediate difference is that their support will be more targeted to a younger cohort of young people in S2 and S3 when critical subject choices are being made and pathways set. With the direct support of their mentors, school staff, the MCR team and the institutions. each young person will get what they need at precisely the time that they need it.”


The event began with an overview of the application process, scholarships and the programmes currently being delivered in YGT’s secondary schools. Each institution highlighted all the articulation routes available to Glasgow’s young people. Pathways to university include via college, with adjusted grades and with additional categories of support, depending on students’ situations. Event attendees also chose two workshops specific to their young person’s aspirations. Engaging in interactive sessions at the event allowed mentors to understand crucial information and the differences in approach.

Each institution cemented their commitment to ensure wider access for the young people. A University’s admissions criteria and articulation routes vary and can change year to year. It can be difficult to understand and keep up with developments. By coming together for this event, the city’s Universities have ensured the maximum understanding of what is available. This is a fundamental element of YGT’s drive to help young people to find, grow and use their talents.

With further support by the institutions, Young Glasgow Talent has produced a comprehensive Guide detailing every higher educational taster and experience available within each of YGT’s schools. All of this has provided the foundation to improve aspirations and post school destinations. Every young person will receive the Guide and explanations through their mentor. Bringing each institution together to combine and simplify the information means significantly greater understanding for YGT young people.

Many more developments are also in place to improve the outcomes and close the attainment gap. Representatives of the six universities meet regularly with MCR Pathways throughout the year to discuss school outreach and improvements. There is now a forum for representatives of the six universities and a calendar of outreach activities in place. Plans for the remainder of 2016 include visits to Glasgow Caledonian University for YGT’s S2 pupils. Forty young people representing over 30% have already signed up and will attend an engaging and fun session on the key GCU subjects areas.

Thirty-six S3s pupils from eight schools attended a Strathclyde University Pre Summer Experience Induction which prepared them for two days and evenings of university tasters over the summer. This number is a threefold increase on previous years and more evidence of the impact of building confidence and aspiration in the most disadvantaged young people.

Other young people are being supported individually by the Glasgow School of Art and Royal Scottish Conservatoire to develop their talents and their chances of gaining entry to the creative industries. This underlines that the young people have the interest and ability at that earlier age but just need the support to see it through as they progress through school.

Cross Section of University Feedback on the MCR event and MCR:

Rachel Hyslop, Glasgow Caledonian University:
“It was important for our institution to get involved in today’s event. It’s crucial to spread the word about the support we can offer care experienced young people! We hope that by working together, 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.

Dr Veena O’Halloran, Director of Student Experience and Enhancement Services, University of Strathclyde:
“Strathclyde has a proud history of supporting disadvantaged young people’s journeys into higher education and on to fulfilling careers. We are pleased to be working with the MCR Pathways team to continue to build the widest and most effective range of initiatives to provide opportunities for students from all backgrounds.”

Eona Craig, Head of Widening Access & Lifelong Learning, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland:
“We know the transformational power of the arts and at RCS we want to ensure that every access point possible is made apparent to care experienced young people, their advocates and mentors. Whether the interest is social or educational we know we can help signpost some amazing creative and cultural opportunities.”

Rickie McNeill, Glasgow School of Art:
“We have already seen some great results through MCR Pathways referring pupils to our programme. We are really keen to continue and extend this relationship. Today will hopefully further promote the idea that everyone with the potential to study and excel in a creative education has an equal chance to do so.”

“I thought this was a really valuable event and would be very keen to be involved again in the future.”


Mentor Feedback:


George McKay, Mentor at Lourdes Secondary School:
“To get to know and understand the pathways to Higher Education is very important to me in relation to my young mentee. More information and more knowledge! The value of the universities’ involvement and support at today’s event [and] the information I found out today will help me to help my mentee in the very important forthcoming year. To be able to pass on invaluable information to my mentee from the universities is terrific!”

Anne MacFarlane, Mentor at Saint Roch’s Secondary School:
“[I feel] ALL the universities are working together for the good of care leavers. It’s also good to be able to compare what different universities are offering. I think it’s very important that universities recognise the talent and potential that care leavers have and are willing to help them realise this. Today’s event was very informative. (The institutions) answered lots of questions in an excellent manner.”

Kerr Armstrong, Mentor at Springburn Academy:
“It shows commitment and reassures me that all our Further Education/Higher Education institutions understand the importance of supporting disadvantaged but talented young people into Further Education/Higher Education. The early links they [universities] provide from S3 – campus tours, summer workshops, knowing who the named person is at each institution – will bring value to the young person I mentor. The benefits of today’s event [included] meeting fellow mentors. Listening to good news stories and case studies [was also beneficial].”

Jane Williamson, Mentor at Lochend Community High:
“The training session this evening was really beneficial. You managed to pack loads of information into the session – hand-outs for follow up info/ contacts are really good. I thought the format of workshops worked really well too. I’m looking forward to running though the handbook with my mentee.”

Can you help a young person realise their full potential and be defined by their talent not their circumstances? More disadvantaged young Glaswegians are signing up for mentors to help them overcome barriers and inequality to be all that they can be. Can you help them? We have a variety of pathways to university, college or employment and a diverse range of mentors. One hour a week and a willingness to put a young person first are all you need. You’ll make and experience a life-changing difference in helping a young person to find, grow and use their talents. MCR Pathways will provide all the training and support you need to make a huge difference. For more information or to register, please go to www.youngglasgowtalent.org or email info@mcrpathways.org. We can’t wait to hear from you.

MCR Pathways is a pioneering partnership of the MCR Foundation and Glasgow City Council and actively supported by an increasing number of Glasgow’s key organisations including The Herald, Wheatley Group, Glasgow Life, University of Strathclyde, Santander, Glasgow Kelvin College, SECC and Glasgow Chamber of Commerce.

Meet Our Mentor - Craig Menzies!

Thursday, 02nd Jun 2016
Category: Mentoring

Meet Our Mentor - Craig Menzies!

It’s Volunteer Week and time for our second blog of the day!

As part of the nation-wide #volunteersweek campaign we’re delighted to showcase Young Glasgow Talent’s amazing volunteers. Up next is Craig Menzies. A Glasgow Life employee, Craig is a valued mentor and a great advocate for YGT.

Our fabulous mentors are making life-changing differences to Glasgow’s disadvantaged young people. Our city’s young people are disadvantaged through no fault of their own. Our mentors help them find, grow and use their talents.

We really can’t celebrate them enough! So this week we’re letting you get up close and personal with them. Find out what makes them tick and learn more becoming a part of our amazing community!

Full Name: Craig Menzies
Mentoring School: Smithycroft
Length of Time Mentoring: 16 months

Q1: What first inspired you to get involved in our YGT mentoring programme?
I was keen to use some of my spare time in a positive manner by helping others. YGT provides that opportunity in a very interesting and motivating way.

Q2: How was your very first meeting with your young person?
The first 10 minutes were a bit awkward, on MY part, asking standard questions of interest. Once I shook myself and realised I was sitting across from a very intelligent and capable person, I got rid of the handbook and we just starting chatting informally. This was much more relaxing for the young person who really responded to the informal structure.

Q3: How much have you seen your young person grow and develop since that first meeting?
My young person has had a very tough time of it in the past year. However it always amazes me that he is so socially and emotionally aware of what is going on around him. He has really grown up in the past year and knows how his behaviour can affect other people.

Q4: With your support and with your young person’s motivation, commitment and resilience, what stage has your mentee now reached in their journey?
My young person is going through a hard time at school and has struggled with the formal environment. He is currently on a college placement outwith the school and seems to be enjoying that much more.

Q5: How unique has this experience been for you? How rewarding has it been to see your mentee grow and develop under your invaluable support?
I have loved every minute of this experience. Regardless of the limited impact I feel I am able to make on the young person, he continues to ask and prompt more meetings with me which shows that he enjoys his time with me.

Q6: What has been the major highlight of your experience so far with your young person?
I think this highlight was after our very first session, when I got the email from the co-ordinator saying that the young person had thoroughly enjoyed meeting me and was keen to start the mentoring relationship. That was a great feeling to know that you have managed to connect with someone who feels that you can help them in some way.

Q7: What would you say to someone that has been inspired by our amazing community and is looking to get involved in the YGT programme?
Do you have a couple of spare hours per week? If so, I would recommend putting them to good use and being part of a fantastic programme which has been designed to help others in need of support. There is no better place to start than that of a young person trying to find their way.

Meet Our Mentors Quotes - Craig-Menzies-YGT-Quote

More young people than ever before are signing up for the YGT programme. Can you support them by becoming a volunteer mentor? Just visit this link. You’ll be joining an amazing community! Full of like minded and committed people. Keep an eye on our website, Facebook , Linkedin and Twitter until 12th June to meet many more!

Is there a friend or family member that you know would make a perfect mentor. Send them our way! We’re looking for new mentors to match with young people at our new schools. We have loads of new young people waiting. You or someone you know could be the perfect mentor for them! Visit our website and find out more today.

Meet Our Mentor – Claire Miller!

Thursday, 02nd Jun 2016
Category: Mentoring

Meet Our Mentor – Claire Miller!

It’s Volunteer Week!
As part of the nation-wide #volunteersweek campaign we’re delighted to showcase Young Glasgow Talent’s amazing volunteers!

Our fabulous mentors are making life-changing differences to Glasgow’s disadvantaged young people. Our city’s young people are disadvantaged through no fault of their own. Our mentors help them find, grow and use their talents.

We really can’t celebrate them enough! So this week we’re letting you get up close and personal with them. Find out what makes them tick and learn more becoming a part of our amazing community!


Full Name: Claire Miller

Mentoring School: St Andrews
Length of Time Mentoring: 3 months

Q1: What first inspired you to get involved in our YGT mentoring programme?
I heard about the mentoring programme and instantaneously acknowledged the benefits the programme would have on our young people. On a personal level, I reflected on my own time at school and realised that I would have greatly benefitted of having a mentor, therefore there was no doubt in my mind that I would become one.

Q2: How was your very first meeting with your young person?
Prior to the first meeting I was nervous, but during the first meeting I soon realised I had no reason to be nervous at all. I went in with an agenda to identify what I could do to support my young person; however we spent the meeting getting to know one another. Prior to the meeting I thought I would be a great influence on my young person, although I soon realised my young person is as much as an inspiration to me, as I planned to be for them. I left the meeting with great satisfaction and excitement, and I left wondering why I hadn’t become a mentor sooner.

Q3: How much have you seen your young person grow and develop since that first meeting?
My mentee has become more confident and shown a real dedication to do well at school to pursue a career in her dream job. She acknowledges the importance of attendance in school and finding a balance between social life and studying. I have really enjoyed being part of that. My mentee inspires me, as she shows such dedication and motivation in everything she does.

Q4: With your support and with your young person’s motivation, commitment and resilience, what
stage has your mentee now reached in their journey?
Academically, my mentee will remain in school before proceeding to further education as she inspires to do. I acknowledge with guidance and support she is more than capable of doing so. My mentee is determined and certain of her career choice, and shows the skills and qualities of an individual who would work well in her career path. Academically she still has time to go, however mentally, she is already there.

Q5: How unique has this experience been for you? How rewarding has it been to see your mentee grow and develop under your invaluable support?
Reflecting on our meetings, I don’t think there are words to describe the rewarding feeling and satisfaction I gain weekly from meeting with my mentee. The experience is really fantastic and I don’t think there is any greater feeling knowing you are there for someone, for anything they need on a weekly basis, whether it’s homework help or a lending ear. My mentee isn’t just an individual I meet with weekly­ we have built a good trusting relationship, and every session gives us the opportunity to build on it, and I enjoy her sense of humour and learning about the hobbies she enjoys.

Q6: What has been the major highlight of your experience so far with your young person?
Since meeting with my mentee, I feel I have learned a lot about myself. Sometimes when we meet I wonder if I’m really doing anything to help, but I think that’s quite common to think that. I know that when she engages with me, and turns up every week, I must be doing something right! Building our relationship has been extremely rewarding. On one particular occasion, I helped my mentee revise for an exam, and on our next meeting she was ecstatic to inform me she had passed, and it was great seeing her happy and achieving her goals.

Q7: What would you say to someone that has been inspired by our amazing community and is
looking to get involved in the YGT programme?
I couldn’t encourage it enough. Becoming a mentor is possibly the most satisfying and exciting opportunity you may ever experience. Prior to your initial meeting there are great educational and training sessions, which are really enjoyable and this gives you the chance to meet with other trainee mentors. The session also gives you the opportunity to discuss any questions you may have. I also have a pathways coordinator who works in my mentee’s school who I can contact for any information I need. There’s always support for you if you need it. I truly encourage anyone considering mentoring to just go for it and see for yourself how truly amazing and rewarding the experience is.

Meet Our Mentors Quotes - Claire Miller

More young people than ever before are signing up for the YGT programme. Can you support them by becoming a volunteer mentor? Just visit this link. You’ll be joining an amazing community! Full of like minded and committed people. Keep an eye on our website, Facebook , Linkedin and Twitter until 12th June to meet many more!

Is there a friend or family member that you know would make a perfect mentor. Send them our way! We’re looking for new mentors to match with young people at our new schools. We have loads of new young people waiting. You or someone you know could be the perfect mentor for them! Visit our website and find out more today.

All of Glasgow’s Higher Education Institutions come together for Young Glasgow Talent

Thursday, 26th May 2016
Category: General

All of Glasgow’s Higher Education Institutions come together for Young Glasgow Talent

We’re delighted to share news of the latest, fantastic commitment by Higher Education institutions to Young Glasgow Talent’s young people. This pledge ensures our city’s most disadvantaged are fully informed of all available pathways to university.

Going to university can be a challenging prospect, particularly for those facing significant difficulties. Over 65 YGT mentors and HE professionals gathered at Strathclyde University to address our Young Peoples’ academic needs. Cross institutional information, the many support programmes available and numerous additional resources were brought together to focus on YP requirements.

Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow School of Art, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, University of Glasgow, University of Strathclyde, the University of the West of Scotland and Focus West all presented. A fantastic number of MCR Pathways mentors also attended this first of its kind YGT event. Their strong relationships will vitally ensure each institutions’ opportunities will be communicated to every young person on a one to one basis. This information otherwise would not reach our deprived, but extremely deserving, people. Mentors will inspire and inform our youngsters along the best Higher Education journey to achieve their aspirations.

Rachel Hyslop from Glasgow Caledonian University, emphasised the significance of presenting to our mentors: “It was important for our institution to get involved in today’s event. It’s crucial to spread the word about the support we can offer care experienced young people! We hope that by working together, 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.

Rickie McNeill from the Glasgow School of Art also highlighted the benefits of their partnership with YGT:
“We have already seen some great results through MCR Pathways referring pupils to our programme. We are really keen to continue and extend this relationship. Today will hopefully further promote the idea that everyone with the potential to study and excel in a creative education has an equal chance to do so.”

The event began with an overview of the application process, scholarships and the programmes currently being delivered in YGT’s secondary schools. Each institution highlighted all articulation routes available to Glasgow’s young people. Pathways to university include via college, with adjusted grades and with additional categories of support, depending on students’ situations. Event attendees also chose two workshops specific to their young person’s aspirations.

Each institution cemented their commitment to ensure wider access for our young people. A University’s admissions criteria and articulation routes vary and can change year to year. It can be difficult to understand and keep up with developments. By coming together for this event, the city’s Universities have ensured the maximum understanding of what is available. This is a fundamental element of YGT’s drive to help young people to find, grow and use their talents.

Those YGT mentors attending found it absolutely invaluable. Kerr Armstrong, a mentor to a young person at Springburn Academy said “It shows commitment and reassures me that all our institutions understand the importance of supporting disadvantaged but talented young people into Higher Education. The early links they provide from S3 (campus tours, summer workshops, knowing who the named person is at each institution) will bring value to the young person I mentor. The benefits of today’s event [included] meeting fellow mentors. Listening to good news stories and case studies [was also beneficial].”

Thanks to further support by the institutions, Young Glasgow Talent has produced a comprehensive guide detailing every higher educational opportunity available within each of YGT’s schools. All of this has provided the foundation to improve aspirations and post school destinations.

Additional support for our young people is also in place. There is now a forum for representatives of the 6 universities and a calendar of outreach activities in place. Plans for the next few months include S2 visits to Glasgow Caledonian University, S3 Summer Experience at Strathclyde and S4-S6 participation in the SAS Accelerate programme.

We would like to say a massive THANK YOU to all of the institutions that supported this event. It ensures Higher Educational access to young people that simply otherwise would not have been reached. A huge thanks also to all mentors that attended. Through learning about all of the opportunities available, you will realise many aspirations and will bring a new focus to our young peoples’ school studies.

GET INVOLVED!


We have many more young people signing up for Young Glasgow Talent’s help. They need mentors to make a huge difference to their confidence, educational outcomes and future life chances. Can you help them? Find out more about becoming a mentor.

We’re always looking for new mentors to reach all the new young people who are coming on board with the programme. Help us spread the word by letting your friends and family know how worthwhile mentoring can be!

Glasgow Life Takes Our Young People Behind The Scenes of Anastacia Gig

Tuesday, 24th May 2016
Category: Mentoring, General

Glasgow Life Takes Our Young People Behind The Scenes of Anastacia Gig

As many of you know Glasgow Life and YGT have a thriving partnership. Glasgow Life’s exceptional commitment to our Talent Tasters programme ensures behind the scenes and front row access to arts, cultural and sports experiences. For our programme’s young people, these opportunities were lost and sources of inspiration untapped, but not now! Thanks to our Pioneering Partnership all of Glasgow’s fantastic creative and cultural experiences will be accessible to our young people. Not just the opportunity to experience but progress to participate, get skilled and who knows what performing talent we might find.

Glasgow Life has gone above and beyond to help us spearhead our Talent Tasters. YGT Talent Tasters are a radical new way to help our young people find, grow and use their talent. The idea is simple: To give our young people a taste of something they never could have accessed before, in a way that works for them and the organisation. Everything from higher and further education (college and university) tasters, to sports, arts, culture and work will invaluably open doors for our city’s young people.

The recent Hollywood Heroes and Superheroes concert was a roaring success with our young people. Now, we’re thrilled to tell you all about our latest Anastacia gig Taster! Based at The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, this Taster was designed for the role of stage technician. The young people who attended had this role in mind for their future career pathway. They were incredibly excited to experience the preparations of such a huge performance.

Stephen (the venue manager) and Drew (the stage manager) led the tour. Drew started his career doing freelance work at the Citizens and King’s Theatres before going on to study for a HND at college. He has been in the industry for over 20 years! His experience proved the perfect inspiration for our eager young people.

Then Drew and Stephen talked about the requirements of a staging team. To get the equipment from Anastacia’s previous gig in Manchester to Glasgow takes a phenomenal amount of work and preparation! All staging, lighting and instrumental equipment is packed at the end of a performance. It then gets loaded onto the tour truck, with the goods arriving in Glasgow at 2.30am after an overnight drive! The team gets whatever sleep is possible on the tour bus before unpacking the truck at around 7am. Preparing the stage and the various instruments is next. The stage plans, sound systems, lighting and staging requirements all sent to the Hall months in advance, are then arranged. A lot of information for our young people to take in! But vital in appreciating what day to day work is involved for a role they’re looking to pursue.

The first stop on the tour was to the main hall. Anastasia’s drum technician and stage rigger were setting up on our arrival. The young people were blown away by the impressive venue and back stage experience. Then we moved on to the Gallery, where the spotlight is arranged. Radio Communications between the stage and the gallery schedules when the spotlight is required throughout the performance. Our young people had the chance to arrange the spotlight and followed the technicians! An amazing ‘hands on’ opportunity.

The young people were allowed to see where acts prepare and warm up for their shows. They were keen to know about the best “diva” requests of the Concert Hall. The best were blacking out all the mirrors and only blue m&ms in a jar!

The young people also got to see the undercroft (the area below the stage) and learn about the mechanics of stages and seating. Then it was on to lighting. This is another huge operation at the venue. Performances can use enough energy to power the full Buchanan Galleries! Barry, the lighting technician, was in the conference hall programming lighting settings for various events. Anastasia’s lighting team spent months planning and prepping that aspect of the gig. It would perform automatically on the night. Barry explained how everything worked and was bombarded with questions. The team also mentioned that there are some fantastic ChamSys products online for reasonable prices for any budding lighting producers. It’s worth a Google!

The last stop of the tour for our young people was to the Hall’s brand new auditorium. It proved a stunning location and is where the RSNO perform and practise.

To close the fabulous day, Stephen and Drew answered some questions on how our interested young people could pursue such a career. They suggested that the best way to get into the industry is through volunteering. Go to the Royal or King’s Theatres, or the Hydro venue, and offer your services.Then, when in the door, decide if you’d rather specialise in sound or lighting. Jobs come up all the time so there are plenty of opportunities!

Sound and lighting HNC/HND courses are available at Kelvin, James Watt and UWS. Perfect if studying this subject is for you!

We would like to say a huge, huge thank you to Glasgow Life for putting on such a fantastic, informative taster. Our young people were thrilled to have such an opportunity and they learnt so much. This experience will realise many aspirations and a new focus to their school studies. A special thanks too to Stephen and Drew.

We have many more young people signing up for Young Glasgow Talent’s help. They need mentors to make a huge difference to their confidence, educational outcomes and future life chances. Can you help them? Find out more about becoming a mentor.

Can your organisation help? To become involved in our Talent Taster programme, alongside our partners such as Glasgow Life and The Herald, simply go to the GET INVOLVED section of www.youngglasgowtalent.org.

We’re always looking for new mentors to reach all the new young people who are coming on board with the programme. Help us spread the word by letting your friends and family know how worthwhile mentoring can be!

The Queen's Speech

Friday, 20th May 2016
Category: Herald Campaign

The Queen's Speech

The Herald has today published our founder Iain MacRitchie’s response to the Queen’s Speech. The Speech outlined plans to provide greater support to young people leaving care. Iain’s response also follows David Cameron’s comments on the country’s young people:

“It’s critical that the Prime Minister has highlighted the unacceptable plight of our children and young people in the care system and the radical new approaches needed to help them. After all the state is the parent and what parent would not want to do everything and anything it takes to ensure their child realises their full potential.

The state has all the resources needed to ensure not one young person in the care system is let down and all go on to achieve everything they are capable of. It is time to end the gross and unacceptable inequality and ensure that there is no difference in the education outcomes and life chances of care experienced young people. Especially given that they are disadvantaged through absolutely no fault of their own.

We need to deal with the fact that the vast majority of care experienced leave school on or before they are 16, only 12% attain higher qualifications vs 59% of all school leavers and the majority go on to unsustainable post school destinations. This is how we should assess our effectiveness at addressing social injustice and attainment gaps.

We would caution against sweeping generalisations. These young people are as talented as any other. Adoption may be excellent for some but may not be for all. These are individual young people that need our care, respect and attention. They need to be listened to carefully and supported on an individual by individual basis. Parenting isn’t general. Our social workers, care professionals and those helping the young people need the time to build quality relationships. Relationships are what bridges talent with opportunity and chance to overcome
barriers.  Relationship are being built in Glasgow’s corporates, communities  and individuals that are making the difference.

The MCR Pathways campaign championed by The Herald has now generated over 850 registrations from those wanting to get involved and help. In Scotland we are pioneering policies through the Children and Young Persons Act to close the inequality and attainment gap and to support our most disadvantaged. Young people can now stay in the care system up until 21 and benefit from after care services until they are 25. Still not the same choices as other young people but progress nonetheless. The organisations named as corporates parents have been extended to include other public sector bodies including the NHS, Police, Fire service, Sportscotland, SDS, SQA, Universities and colleges. These policies in combination with the increased number of organisation being named as corporate parents gives us a platform.

However it is only a platform. As we know through 8 years of our MCR Pathways programme, trusting relationships, time and opportunities to develop skills and talents are what makes the difference. This is what allows these young people to realise their full potential and break decades of poor outcomes. Being taken into care can decimate confidence and self-belief and create a lifetime of issues to deal with. Disruption and disengagement are natural human reactions and simply need to be supported and compensated for. The next stage of our development as a just and fairer society is simply to be the parent and provide opportunities and support for as long as they are needed. Parental responsibility is a constant, a long-term relationship and not limited, conditional or restricted.

We would echo the Prime Minister’s comments that professionals should be allowed to use experience and common sense to make good judgments rather than rigid rules and processes. Scottish policies are leading the way and progress of social justice. Despite budget issues, Glasgow City Council and the Education Authority in particular are working hard to improve outcome and life chances. It is not political, it is just our DNA. Commitment to be a caring parent, always looking to promote, support, encourage and mentor is what matters and makes the difference. It is critical that these issues are highlighted and policy and practice changes made to address them. The announcements in the Queens speech are excellent steps forward for young people in the care system. More personalised help and even reference to mentoring is excellent. The next practical steps will be what counts.”

THE HERALD ARTICLE IS AVAILABLE TO READ NOW


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BECOME A MENTOR


Can you help a young person realise their full potential and be defined by their talent not their circumstances? More disadvantaged young Glaswegians are signing up for mentors to help them overcome barriers and inequality to be all that they can be. Can you help them? One hour a week and a willingness to put a young person first are all you need. You’ll make and experience a life-changing difference in helping a young person to find, grow and use their talents. MCR Pathways will provide all the training and support you need.

The Herald Hosts Its First Ever YGT Talent Taster

Thursday, 05th May 2016
Category: Herald Campaign

The Herald Hosts Its First Ever YGT Talent Taster

Not many people are afforded the opportunity to go behind the scenes to see the workings of one of Scotland’s biggest newspapers! So YGT’s young people were delighted to be invited to a recent Talent Taster at The Herald and Evening Times offices.

The YGT students had all selected journalism as a career pathway they wish to pursue. Talent Tasters are a new initiative by YGT that offer young people a taste of the working world, in a field they’d like to work in. This Taster experience was therefore absolutely invaluable to our young people!

Welcoming the YGT students to their Glasgow offices was Barclay McBain, Deputy Editor of The Herald. With 30 years’ industry experience, there wasn’t anyone better to lead the tour.

Over 100 people are employed by the organisation, so there was plenty of office space to cover. Barclay began by showing our young people the various departments of the newspaper. A quick tour of the Production, Sub-Editing, Images and Sports teams was followed by a visit to the conference room. This is where the magic happens, where the next day’s ‘Splash’ is argued over and agreed.

Barclay, who has been a Reporter in Education, Chief Leader Writer and Managing Editor, then opened up to our young people about his own working life. He touched on some of the changes he’s experienced in his 30 years. The rise of digital media’s effect on newspapers was particularly notable.

Barclay was also fantastic in taking questions from our eager young people. A question on ‘what the biggest story he worked on’ highlighted the Lockerbie Disaster. It was an event that coincided with the annual Herald Christmas night out. Barclay worked on breaking the story – a shift that ran from 7pm until 3am.

Following more questions, Barclay introduced our young people to Magnus Llewellin, Editor-in-Chief of The Herald. Magnus was equally welcoming and took more questions on how best to get into the industry. Magnus emphasised the importance of education to our YPs. He also outlined that those who get out there and have passion for what they’re doing will progress. The best journalism jobs don’t simply go to those from the most highly regarded universities.

Our young people even had a shot at writing their own piece for the paper with Barclay. Their ‘splash’ was a story about an MCR Pathways blogger going on a rampage in the Herald offices!

While in the offices, news broke of the death of comedian Victoria Wood. This experience showed the young people just how quickly the newspaper has to react for the next day’s print. Priority has to lie with the biggest, and most quickly developing, stories.

YGT was absolutely privileged to be invited to the offices and would like to thank The Herald Times Group. Everyone met was insightful and encouraging of YGT’s young people and their intended career pursuits. Special thanks to Magnus Llewellin the Editor-in-Chief and Barclay McBain, Deputy Editor, for spending a whole afternoon leading the YGT tour and providing such fantastic insight into the operation. The young people left more intrigued and motivated than ever for their future career!

We have more young people signing up for Young Glasgow Talent’s help. They need mentors to make a huge difference to their confidence, educational outcomes and future life chances. Can you help them? Find out more about becoming a mentor.

Can your organisation help? To become involved in our Talent Taster programme, alongside our partners such as The Herald, simply go to the Get Involved section of www.youngglasgowtalent.org.

We’re always looking for new mentors to reach all the new young people who are coming on board with the programme. Help us spread the word by letting your friends and family know how worthwhile mentoring can be!

The Wheatley Group Go Above and Beyond!

Tuesday, 26th Apr 2016
Category: Herald Campaign

The Wheatley Group Go Above and Beyond!

We’re delighted to share The Herald’s and Evening Times’ latest articles which announce a huge commitment to the Young Glasgow Talent programme from our friends over at The Wheatley Group.

The Wheatley Group has been a fantastic partner in our goal of helping every care experienced and disadvantaged young person in Glasgow to find, grow and use their talents. The Group has been extremely proactive in encouraging their staff to become mentors, as well as offering Talent Tasters, to Glasgow’s youngsters. They have now even contributed a number of their own staff to help us establish our full Talent Taster programme, demonstrating further their unbelievable commitment of time and resources to our cause.

The partnership is going even further. Often when young people leave the care system, they can struggle to get the information necessary for them to access the housing and help they are entitled to. We are determined to change this.

Our YGT young people will be even better supported for life once school ends, and that our support does not stop once they leave education. This amazing commitment shows Wheatley as a shining and inspiring example of what can be achieved.

Thank you Wheatley!

Our Young Glasgow Talent programme now runs in more Glasgow schools than ever before and will be in every secondary school over the next 3 years! We have more Young People signing up for YGT’s help who need mentors to make a huge difference to their confidence, educational outcomes and future life chances.

Can you help them? CLICK HERE to find out more about becoming a mentor.

Do you know someone else that could join our amazing programme? CLICK HERE to share our blog with friends, family and colleagues that you think would be perfect to help Glasgow’s young people and help us spread the word!

If you think that an organisation you work for, manage, or know, could contribute to Young Glasgow Talent then let us know! There are loads of ways companies can get involved, from offering staff the rewarding opportunity to mentor, to running Talent Tasters. We are always open to suggestions, too.
If you think of something fantastic (like The Wheatley pledge) that we haven’t, please let us know! Visit our ‘Other Ways’ page to find out more.

 

You can read the full The Herald article below:


 

Pioneering mentor project gets new backing


 

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A MAJOR project which seeks to help disadvantaged young people reach their potential in life has joined forces with one of Scotland’s biggest companies.

MCR Pathways provides adult mentors for children who have experience of the care system, and is forming a partnership with housing and care provider The Wheatley Group.

The company is the latest to sign up to encourage staff to become mentors, joining businesses and public bodies such as Glasgow Life, Strathclyde University, Santander, Glasgow Kelvin College, the SECC and Glasgow Chamber of Commerce.

As well as providing mentors, it will also spearhead a new scheme dubbed Talent Tasters, a form of work experience designed to gently introduced pupils to aspects of life in the workplace.

Pupils start at entry level jobs for half a day or shift, moving on to the next level with a team leader, supervisor or specialist for an hour and a third level the head of an organisation.

MCR Pathways, which is supported by The Herald, has been working for several years in six schools in Glasgow, and recently launched its Young Glasgow Talent YGT campaign with plans to expand across the city.

It helps raise the aspirations of young pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds by providing mentors who give one-to-one support and advice on how to access careers or a place in further education.

Wheatley and MCR will also work to ensure that young people can access Housing information through specialists who will visit schools to make sure young people understand their rights and ensure support is accessible when needed.

Three senior members of staff from Wheatley will to work full time with MCR Pathways for the next year to help build up the citywide plan.

Martin Armstrong, Wheatley CEO, said: “We have been working with Iain and his team for the last 18 months and this announcement is the accumulation of many discussions, developments, trials and some highly innovative initiatives.

“Our staff are already mentoring, but we are now extending the support through the MCR Pathways Talent Taster programme. Young people can have the choice to go and try out our wide range of jobs at various levels to see if it is something that could inspire and motivate them to consider as a future career.”

He added: “The fundamental difference is we are doing this in a way that is sustainable for both our group and young people. It is stimulating both our staff and young people through showcasing a variety of housing, care and property management roles that make up our group.

“The MCR philosophy of ‘younger, wider’ is a highly effective approach we know works and also support our young people before they become vulnerable or in crisis.”

The three-year year plan will target the recruitment of over 1000 mentors and other volunteers, and will be built on the success of an initial appeal backed by The Herald which attracted more than 750 people to register and become involved with MCR Pathways.

MCR founder Iain MacRitchie said: “This partnership is simply pioneering in every respect. Wheatley Group is a fabulous example of what can immediately impact and greatly enhance every participant and in a way that is sustainable over the long term.

“Young people, company staff, mentors, schools and the companies themselves are all hugely positive after the tasters and all getting benefit form the experience.

“We are very grateful for the enthusiasm and support of the staff that are committed to driving through the changes and huge benefits for our young people.”

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Help to get youngsters into work


 

A project that seeks to help disadvantaged young people reach their potential in life has joined forces with one of Scotland’s biggest companies. MCR Pathways provides adult mentors for children who have experience of the care system and is forming a partnership with housing and care provider The Wheatley Group.

The company is the latest to sign up to encourage staff to become mentors, joining businesses and public bodies such as Glasgow Life, Strathclyde University, Santander, Glasgow Kelvin College, the SECC and Glasgow Chamber of Commerce. It will also spearhead a new scheme dubbed Talent Tasters, a form of work experience designed to introduce pupils to aspects of life in the workplace.

Pupils start at entry-level jobs for half a day or shift, moving on to the next level with a team leader, supervisor or specialist for an hour and a third level: the head of an organisation.

MCR Pathways has been working for several years in six schools in Glasgow, and recently launched its Young Glasgow Talent YGT campaign with plans to expand.

It helps raise the aspirations of young pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds by providing mentors who give one-to-one support on how to access careers or a place in further education.

Martin Armstrong, Wheatley CEO, said: “Our staff are already mentoring, but we are now extending the support through the MCR Pathways Talent Taster programme. Young people can go and try out our wide range of jobs at various levels to see if it is something that could inspire them to consider as a future career.”

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Painting celebrates children’s project

Thursday, 11th Feb 2016
Category: Herald Campaign

Painting celebrates children’s project

A PAINTING inspired by the work of a groundbreaking project that seeks to help disadvantaged children reach their potential in life has been unveiled as the scheme embarks on a major expansion. The artwork, by native Glasgow artist GerardBurns, commemorates the MCR Pathways project. This provides mentors to schoolchildren with experience of the care system to help them gain access to greater opportunities in the workplace or further education.

It was unveiled at a civic reception at Glasgow City Chambers, where MCR’s founder Iain MacRitchie announced a three­ year plan to provide support for young people in every secondary school across the city.

Mr MacRitchie said: “I have been inspired by Gerard’s work and his ability to create emotion and a powerful message on canvas. He has an incredible talent and we are hugely grateful to him fortaking the time to produce such a brilliant artwork. “It is fantastic to be part of an increasing group of like­minded and committed people and organisations who give so freely of their time and resources.”

The three­ year plan will target the recruitment of more than 1,000 mentors and other volunteers, as well as partnerships with 100 organisations.

*If you are a motivated and committed adult, you could offer the support young people need to overcome the barriers that mean so few make it to higher education. An hour a week, plus travelling time, and a willingness to be a listening ear are the only skills you will need to help. Training will be given. To get involved, visit mcrpathways.org/#herald.

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Mentoring project to expand to all Glasgow schools

Tuesday, 02nd Feb 2016
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Mentoring project to expand to all Glasgow schools

A GROUND-breaking project which helps disadvantaged young people reach their potential in life is to announce a three-year plan to set up in every school in Scotland’s largest city.

MCR Pathways provides adult mentors for children who have experience of the care system within six schools in Glasgow, but is now expanding its operation to cover all others. More than 750 mentors have joined the scheme and has attracted the support of institutions such as Glasgow Life, Strathclyde University, Wheatley Group, Santander, Glasgow Kelvin College, the SECC and Glasgow Chamber of Commerce.

An announcement on its expansion plan, named the The Young Glasgow Talent YGT campaign, will be made at a civic reception in the City Chambers on Thursday. The occasion will also be marked with an unveiling of an artwork inspired by the programme and painted by one of Glasgow’s world-class artists, Gerard Burns.

MCR founder Iain MacRitchie said: “Disadvantage is not a choice, it is something experienced. For young people it is through no fault of their own. It is not what we want to define, restrict or restrain them. The DNA and essence of the programme is about talent.

“The descriptions of disadvantage and wasted potential are not what motivate or engage young people. Young Glasgow Talent has a focus on talent and the support to help young people find, grow and use theirs. We are driven to ensure that young people will be determined by their talent and not their circumstances. In travelling the world and working with many gifted people, I am inspired by the character, talent and resilience of Glasgow’s young people. We are bridge builders to connect talent with opportunity and ensure we mentor and support our young people to realise their full potential. YGT is how and why we do what we do. We have lots of it across the city and with mentoring and our talent tasters programme it will absolutely flourish.”

MCR mentors work with children on a one to one basis and give them the benefit of their life experience. The idea is to steer vulnerable children into careers or further education which may have been blocked to them by their personal circumstances. The three-year year plan will target the recruitment of over 1000 mentors and other volunteers, and will be built on the success of an initial appeal backed by The Herald which attracted more than 750 people to register and become involved with MCR Pathways,

Magnus Llewellin, Herald and Times Editor-in-Chief said: “We are proud to have played a role in the success of the MCR Pathways. The work being done is inspirational and will have a positive impact on the city and all involved for decades to come.”

The Young Glasgow Talent Campaign was developed with the support of Maguires Advertising & Design Agency and Scott Taylor, who was instrumental in the People Make Glasgow campaign.

Around 250 people who have already signed up to be mentors will attend the civic reception.

Bailie Liz Cameron, Executive Member for Children, Young People & Lifelong Learning said: “As the new executive member for education I am delighted to endorse the wonderful partnership between the council and MCR Pathways. Working together over the last eight years mentoring and helping some of our most vulnerable young people has produced some amazing results. All our young people deserve the very best we can offer them – regardless of their personal circumstances – and I am looking forward to getting involved in this inspiring and powerful project.”

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Glasgow businessman awarded for his volunteer mentoring scheme

Thursday, 07th Jan 2016
Category: Herald Campaign

Glasgow businessman awarded for his volunteer mentoring scheme

A GLASGOW businessman who set up a mentoring project which has helped more than 200 disadvantaged young people has been given an award by the Prime Minister.

Iain MacRitchie is the man behind MCR Pathways, a project which matches young people with mentors to improve their life chances. The scheme, which is backed by The Herald & Times Group, has now been recognised by David Cameron, with Mr MacRitchie being awarded through the Prime Minister’s Points of Light programme which celebrates individual volunteers and their contribution to the community.

Mr Cameron said: “Iain has shown a fantastic dedication to making sure that all young people have the same opportunities, no matter what start they have had in life. By inspiring hundreds of people to give their time to mentor young people across Glasgow, Iain has made a real difference to hundreds of lives. I am delighted to recognise Iain’s service by making him the UK’s 438th Point of Light.”

Mr MacRitchie, 52, has a long career as a businessman and entrepreneur, advising over 100 businesses, and acting as chairman of 15 companies. He set up a charitable branch of of his company, MCR Holdings, in 2008 and the MCR Pathways project was one of its flagship schemes.

The project aims to partner up a volunteer mentor with a student aged between 12-18, particularly those from a ‘care experienced’ background. This provides the student with a listening ear and a positive role model to help them find opportunities and grow their talent through education and work taster programmes.

Mr MacRitchie now spends the majority of his time on the project, travelling across the country to work on expanding it.

“It is a privilege to be working with so many like-minded and positively determined people in the education authority, schools, organisations and businesses, all driven to personally make a difference for the young people of the city. The momentum being created will ensure that every disadvantaged young person in Glasgow has the opportunity and support to find, grow and use their talents.”

The project is delivering real results for school children in Glasgow, with the pilot scheme in the city’s St Andrew’s School resulting in a return to school rate increase from four per cent to 67 per cent in 2014. The pilot also saw a rise from 19 per cent to 63 per cent in the number of St Andrew’s ‘care experienced’ young people going into further and higher education.

Lord Dunlop, Minister for Scotland, said: “This award recognises Iain’s tireless efforts over the past decade to unlock the talents and potential of young people living in difficult circumstances. Iain’s work represents Scottish entrepreneurialism at its very best, giving back to the local community and helping others to become mentors. The example he sets is a truly inspiring one.”

The Points of Light awards are given out every week day by the Prime Minister in a bid to highlight the work of volunteers throughout the country.

The Herald is supporting the MCR Pathways Project campaign to recruit more new mentors for disadvantaged young people in and around Glasgow.

If you are a motivated, committed adult you could offer the support these young people need to overcome the barriers that mean so few currently make it to higher and further education. An hour a week, plus travelling time, and a willingness to be a listening ear and put a young person first are the only skills you will need to help turn around someone’s life. All necessary training and support will be given.

To get involved, visit mcrpathways.org/#herald or contact Donna Cunningham on donna.cunningham@glasgow.gov.uk.

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Pioneering mentoring scheme and Glasgow Kelvin College join forces

Monday, 31st Aug 2015
Category: Herald Campaign

Pioneering mentoring scheme and Glasgow Kelvin College join forces

One of Scotland’s largest colleges has thrown its support behind a ground-breaking scheme to help disadvantaged young people to fulfil their potential.

Glasgow Kelvin College is the latest institution to sign up for a pioneering partnership with MCR Pathways, a scheme which provides mentors for young learners, particularly those with a background in the care system.

The scheme, backed by the Herald, has so far signed up more than 200 volunteers willing to mentor young people and help them find ways into further and higher education and work.

The alliance with Glasgow Kelvin is a natural one for the MCR Pathways scheme, which already works with pupils at six of the ten secondaries in its East End catchment area. The new link-up will see special ‘taster’ sessions devised for young people to give them brief encounters with work and learning so that they realise the opportunities available. It will also involve college staff coming on board with MRC Pathways as mentors.

Young people taking part will be helped to cope with the social demands of a busy college environment, and the resilience needed to overcome problems, including breaks in learning and attendance.

Iain MacRitchie the founder and chair of MCR Pathways, said: “Colleges are an absolutely essential part of the education and employment pathways, and a critical safety net and springboard for disadvantaged young people who experience disruption in their learning through no fault of their own. Many MCR young people have benefitted greatly from Glasgow Kelvin’s commitment to inclusion, the broadest access and having flexible learning models.

Alan Sherry, Glasgow Kelvin College’s Principal said that the mentoring project was an ideal fit with the college’s work to help young people fulfil their potential, but that the college would be unable to fund the mentors provided by the MCR Pathways scheme itself. He added that the scheme would benefit mentors and employers taking part, by overcoming prejudice about youngsters who are often judged on the strength of their East End postcode. “They will be able to engage with the young people, understand more about their background and come to recognise that our learners have a lot to offer,” he said.

One MCR young person and ambassador, Nicole Quinn has completed her third year at Glasgow Kelvin College studying health and social care and now starting an HNC in Healthcare. She said: “I’m really excited about this partnership. When I left school I had no qualifications and no confidence. McDonald’s probably wouldn’t have taken me. It wasn’t just academic help I needed and my attendance in first year was really bad. But the college gave me the opportunity to start from the level I was at and progress to where I am now.”

For more information go to www.mcrpathways.org

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Herald Article - 27th July 2015

Monday, 27th Jul 2015
Category: Herald Campaign, Inspiring500

Herald Article - 27th July 2015

A PHILANTHROPIST and entrepreneur is turning his back on a high-flying career in the world of business to dedicate his time to a project which works to transform the lives of vulnerable young people.

Iain MacRitchie has pledged to dedicate the next five years of his life to the MCR Pathways scheme, which he set up to provide children with a background in the care system access to a better future.
Supported by The Herald, the project has created a network of 200 mentors who provide one-to-one support for disadvantaged teenagers in six schools in Glasgow, and is now looking to expand.

Mr MacRitchie, who has enjoyed a hugely successful career as a business adviser and company chairman, said the next step is to grow that number to 500 and take it to every school in his native city.
He said: “We’re at the stage where we have completed the first phase and attracted 200 mentors, but now the dream is to do this citywide and take it across the 29 schools in Glasgow.

“The MCR Pathways is something that’s challenging social inequality, and it’s working. I can’t not be a part of this as it expands and tackles an issue that’s been irreconcilable for decades.
In five years down the line I want this approach to be the norm across Glasgow and beyond and for no-one to even think it was ever a revolutionary idea.”

MCR Pathways matches volunteer adult mentors to disadvantaged pupils to allow them to share the benefit of their life experience outside of a classroom setting. Young people are guided towards higher education or a job in the workplace from someone who can answer their questions and provide advice from their own perspective.

The next step is to expand into another four schools in the city by the end of the year, then a further six next year, repeating the process for five years. After that, Mr MacRitchie said he will take stock and think about returning to his old job.

He said: “I’m putting my career on hold because this is something I believe in absolutely. The success we have achieved so far has been incredible, but it is only the start. “We have challenges and will always have those who say we can’t and will fail. I live by the rule that you only fail when you give up. We will never give up on a young person and simply refuse to accept that there should be any difference in education outcomes and life chances based on postcode or family circumstances. This is for the long term.”

More than 80 per cent of children in care leave school when or before they are 16. Only 2 per cent make it to higher education. This makes them four times more likely than their peers to be unemployed. Mr MacRitchie said: “The heartbreak is these young people are academically capable but get held back due to instability in their personal lives.”

Funding for the scheme will come from Mr MacRitchie’s own charitable foundation, as well as Glasgow City Council and other partners, with more being sought as it expands. The Scottish Funding Council, Glasgow Life, Strathclyde University, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and the SECC have also signed up to open the scheme up to any members of their staff who wish to volunteer.

Mr MacRitchie added: “We will make this business as usual across the city. In fact my objective is to be forgotten in ten years time as people will think that this is just the way our young people are supported. “For them disadvantage is something that is experienced and not a choice. It can have a devastating impact on confidence, education and life chances. Our mentors and talent development provides pathways for the young people to find, grow and use their talents.
This is by far the best thing I have ever done and gives everyone involved, whether young people, mentors or their employers, the opportunity to make a life changing impact.”

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Mentoring project hits 500

Monday, 16th Feb 2015
Category: Herald Campaign

A PROJECT that seeks to help disadvantaged young people reach their potential in life has reached a new milestone with 500 people signing up to find out how to become involved.

MCR Pathways, which provides adult mentors to teenagers who have experience of the care system, works in six schools in Glasgow’s east end and has been appealing for new volunteers.The project seeks to widen opportunities for young people who are most likely to leave school early by showing them how to access further education or job opportunities. More than 100 mentors have signed up since last year and now the push is on the attract many more.

The announcement was made at the launch of the charity’s film on mentoring at Cineworld Parkhead, in Glasgow.Many mentors attended the premier of the video, which has been made to provide training and to promote the work of the project to people who may be interested in becoming mentors and help young people to stay in education and achieve their gaols of attending university, college or finding a worthwhile career.

Speaking at the event on Thursday, MCR Pathway’s graduate Nicole Quinn encourage said that mentors can provide young person with caring and consistent support. She said: “Getting into college, university or a job and focusing on the future rather than the past was crucial.“without my mentor I would not now be here speaking with confidence and attending college. My mentor 100 per cent helped my life’.

Donna Cunningham, the first mentor to join the scheme and now Programme Director for the project, said that mentors had to follow a “young person’s agenda”.She told the volunteers: “You are not a teacher, you are there to be alongside a young person and to really listen so you are guided by them and to be yourself so that you build trust’.
“You will get at least as much out of mentoring than you give, but most likely you will get a lot more. Just one hour a week will make a profound difference.”.

Mentors can come from any background, and give an hour a week of their time to work with the young person they are matched with and help guide them in a meaningful direction. Businessman Greg Chalmers, 49, Managing Director of Lambert Contracts Ltd, has been mentoring since December last year after joining the scheme the month before.
He said: “Mentoring has been very worthwhile and I feel as though I have been making a difference in the young person’s life.“As a business we do a lot for charity and prioritise youth work, but you often don;t know where the money goes once you’re finished.“Joining the MCR project means I can pass on my experience first-hand and give a young person the benefit of what I have learned.”

MCR Founder Iain MacRitchie added: “It is crucial for every mentor, and everyone interested in mentoring, to know that they need just be a motivated, committed and resilient listening ear.“No other set skills are required and training will be given but the best training is to be yourself. Mentors are not there to ‘fix someone’ as these are talented and resilient young people who have already overcome bigger challenges that many of us could imagine in their young lives.
“They are young people to be admired and nurtured through basic human interest, listening, caring and guiding thanks to the life skills mentors have been fortunate enough to obtain themselves. Young people need us to believe in them first and foremost and to show this through being there come rain or come shine”.

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Strathclyde University joins MCR Pathways project

Monday, 09th Feb 2015
Category: Herald Campaign

ONE of Scotland’s top universities has joined a scheme dedicated to helping disadvantaged young people make the most of their lives.Strathclyde University has been named as a ‘pioneering partner of the MCR Pathways programme, which helps provides mentors to pupils who have experience of the care system.The partnership means that university staff will be encouraged to become mentors and offer their experience to guide a young person through close collaboration and one-to-one meetings.

The MCR pathways project seeks to widen opportunities for young people who are most likely to leave school early by showing them how to access further education or job opportunities.

Strathclyde University has already invested in the project by running summer schools, day visits, subject tasters and student tutoring support, while the Business School has taken the step of offering a volunteering course as part of its Management Development Programmes.Eight and 12-week placements are also now part of the MCR Pathways support for some course work in the Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty, with many students remaining actively involved through internships and work placements.

MCR Pathways founder Iain MacRitchie said: “To become a Pioneering Partner requires two commitments, both of which I am delighted to say Strathclyde have exceeded and taken to the next level.“We already have staff members as part of the group of over 100 mentors already working each week in our six schools in the east end of Glasgow.“We now have a range of day and residential University experiences to offer our pupils, as well as subject tasters, fun events, tutor support, competitions – all supported by skilled and enthusiastic student mentors and staff members.“As a graduate of the Business School, it was fantastic to see the creativity and talent of the young people in a business competition we ran as well as the relationships being built with the student mentors.”
He added: “The programmes themselves have been specially designed and targeted to provide what the young people have asked for and need in building their knowledge, confidence and aspiration. “The exciting thing is that this is only the beginning and there is so much planned and in the pipeline. We all want to give a powerful personal message to say university is for you and it will be a huge privilege for us to help you get the best out of it.”

MCR Pathways, which is supported by The Herald, works in six schools in Glasgow’s east end and has matched more than 100 mentors with pupils during the past year.

Dr Veena O’Halloran, director of Student Experience and Enhancement Services at the University of Strathclyde, said: “Strathclyde has a proud history of supporting disadvantaged young people’s journeys into higher education and on to fulfilling careers.
“We are pleased to be working with the MCR Pathways team to continue to build the widest and most effective range of initiatives to provide opportunities for students from all backgrounds.”

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Mentoring is important for Glasgow businesses

Tuesday, 02nd Dec 2014
Category: Inspiring500

Last month Glasgow Chamber of Commerce together with the Herald launched our ‘Inspiring 500’ campaign to find mentors for young people who are not starting out in life with the advantages so many families take for granted.

The campaign is designed to support the work of Iain MacRitchie and his MCR Pathways Programme which has been working with schools in the east end of Glasgow for six- years and showing some impressive results.

The Herald has already been lending weight to Iain’s activities for some 18 months, helping to find mentors who can give encouragement, care and guidance on the skills young people will need to get a foothold on a career. We felt it was now time for the wider Glasgow business community to lend a hand in finding 500 mentors from amongst our members so that MCR Pathways can stretch its work across more of Glasgow’s schools.

Mentoring is a common feature of business life but it’s more often used to help those starting fresh in business or in the early stages of an existing career. ‘Inspiring 500’ takes a regular practice and makes it available to young people who just don’t often meet someone who has been successful in the business world and who might never get the chance to explore the possibilities.

This is another step in the Chamber’s commitment to spreading the positive impact of business to parts of Glasgow which don’t readily share in the city’s current economic growth. We take the view that it is in all our interests that as many Glaswegians as possible benefit from that growth. Whether you prefer to talk about fairness, social justice or equal opportunities you would be well wide of the mark if you think Glasgow businesses are not interested.

For sure some of the reasoning for tackling fairness may be pretty hard headed.

Glasgow is doing relatively well in developing and retaining its graduate talent -although we could always do with some more engineers. But the fact that around a quarter of the region’s workforce has no formal qualifications remains one of the most irksome and persistent economic weaknesses.

If through the work of another 500 mentors we can help more of Glasgow’s next generation to be ambitious in the shaping of their own skills then there will be more talent to go round. But for so many in business like Iain MacRitchie, helping our young is just the right thing to do.

- Stuart Patrick is chief executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce

For further details on Inspiring 500 go to http://inspiring500.com/

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City praised for helping disadvantaged achieve

Thursday, 27th Nov 2014
Category: Herald Campaign

GLASGOW has been hailed for its efforts in helping disadvantaged young people realise their potential, as the city hosts an international mentoring conference.

The one-day conference is being held at Strathclyde university today and is jointly organised by the university, MCR Pathways and CELCIS (centre for excellence for looked after children in Scotland).

The MCR Pathways project has provided 200 troubled young people with advisors to work with them on career goals and access to higher education, and earlier this month launched the Inspiring500 programme with a target of attracting 500 new volunteers.

It is the brainchild of entrepreneur Iain McRitchie and has been backed by The Herald for the last 10 months.

Lead speaker at today’s conference, Renee Spencer, praised the work being done in Glasgow. Professor Spencer, an expert in social work at Boston university, said: “The investment being made in mentoring in Glasgow is impressive and is sure to pay off. We now have good evidence to show that mentoring is an effective strategy for improving the lives of disadvantaged youth.” Boston has faced similar challenges to Glasgow in relation to low achievement at high school among the most disadvantaged students. A similar mentoring initiative undertaken by Boston University has helped to increase the number of students who graduate from high school from 64 per cent in the late 1990s to 74 per cent by 2010.

Mr MacRitchie the Founder of MCR Pathways commented, “We are building to a future where every disadvantaged young person in Glasgow can be supported by a quality and experienced mentor to help them realise their full potential.

“Glasgow has some amazing young talent that we are very committed to help nurture and grow.”

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