MCR Pathways was founded in 2007 to address the outcome gap between care-experienced young people and their peers. We support young people, who have experienced disadvantage, to realise their full potential through education. We do this through our school-based mentoring programme – matching young people with a fully trained volunteer mentor.
Our journey began in St Andrew’s Secondary school, in the East End of Glasgow, where we developed the programme over 5 years. The evidence was soon overwhelming that MCR mentoring made a huge difference on young people’s confidence and engagement with school. The programme is now operating in multiple local authorities, nationwide.
Our vision is that every care-experienced young person, or those who have experienced disadvantage, get the same education outcomes, career opportunities and life chances as every other young person.
To make sustainable change, the voices of young people need to be heard. We support them to unlock their potential, realise their skills, and progress onto a positive destination.
Mentors support young people to find their talent, build aspirations and create a bright future.
The MCR National Advisory Group supports our national expansion and works to fully embed the MCR model within the country’s education system.
Our committed partners – which includes organisations of all sizes, from local businesses to national corporations to local authorities – support and inspire our young people.
Our funders play an essential role in the development and future of MCR Pathways. Through their support, we are able to continue to develop the programme and reach more young people as we grow across the country.
Our MCR team of over 100 staff strives to support our young people and mentors. Each school has a dedicated Pathways Coordinator to support young people and mentors, while our central team ensures the programme’s development.
It is our ambition to bring mentoring to all young people who have experienced disadvantage and offer them a mentor who is there, just for them. Funding announced by the Scottish Government now allows us to create a national mentoring network across the country and focus support in local communities that is tailored to each individual areas needs.
MCR has a long term goal to become “business as usual” in the nation’s education system as the approach to supporting young people. Mentoring is creating a wave of positive change, impacting our schools, community and country.
We are thrilled to be selected as a winner at the Centre for Social Justice Awards 2021!