In 2012 less than 10% of adults living in our most deprived communities held degree level qualiﬁcations compared with 40% living in the most aﬄuent areas. Almost 80% of ‘looked-after’ children left school at the minimum age, compared with less than a
third of all children in Scotland. Shocking, right?
“Some are young people who don’t know who they are, what they can be or even want to be. They are afraid, but they don’t know of what. They are angry, but they don’t know at whom. They are rejected and they don’t know why. All they want is to be somebody. ”
— T. S. Monson
Everybody can be a somebody. In the UK, the average age of leaving home is 24. For looked after people, the age is 17. This is exactly the age when they need the most input and support in terms of making the right decisions about further education and support. MCR pathways is that structured, yet individually tailored support system.
Over the years at MCR we have tried and tested many methods of re-engaging young people. We have proven that, through mentoring and support, we can turn the statistics around, that looked after young people can be successful in unlocking their potential and starting on the pathways through further education and university or vocational training. Each young person will have a different starting point, yet each one is given choices and opportunities to discover which is the right path for them and gain the confidence and skills to succeed on that path. These pathways open doors, leading to qualifications, employment and aspirations fulfilled.