Mentors spend an hour each week listening to and encouraging a young person in their school setting. The relationship that develops is what makes the difference. Can you #BeTheBridge between potential and opportunities for a young person?
All young people are talented. However many young people face challenges in their lives that make it harder for them to succeed. You can help change that. Our volunteer mentors help young people to realise their full potential.
Mentors and young people are carefully matched based on their likes, personality and life-experiences. Everyone is different so we look for mentors from all walks of life. The only requirement is simply a desire to help and to be there consistently each week. When one person mentors, two lives are changed, so why not register and complete our information session to find out more.
The MCR team and your school’s Pathways Coordinator are here to help support your relationship every step of the way. We provide ongoing training and resources to help you encourage your young person to be their best.
The first step is to register. The information provided allows us to best match each mentor with a young person.
Next, a member of the MCR Pathways team will take you through the programme during an Information Session.
After this you’ll take part in a 1:1 Conversation. This will help us understand more about you. It’s the perfect time for you to talk about your own life. This helps us make an inspired match between our mentors and young people.
Next, there’s a Training Session where you’ll learn mentoring tips and essential information. You’ll complete the training process once we receive your approved PVG.
To make the best possible match we consider each person’s personalities, interests and young people’s career aspirations. We also take into consideration everyone’s schedule and mentors’ school preferences.
Mentors meet their mentee for just one hour a week during the school day at a convenient time for both. Meetings may be the same period each week or vary and in some cases are taking place virtually now too.
External research shows that MCR mentoring transforms outcomes for care-experienced young people and others who have experienced disadvantage. Mentored young people have significantly higher staying on rates, attainment and rates of progression to positive destinations (college, university and employment) compared to non-mentored care-experienced young people.
ScotCen found that 81.6% of mentored care-experienced pupils left school for college, university or a job, compared with 59.8% of those young people not being mentored.
Mentoring is creating a wave of positive change, impacting our schools, community and country.
Frequently asked questions about mentoring and volunteering.
Everything you need to know about your mentoring journey.
Talent Tasters are a chance for young people to try out a job, college, or university in engaging, bite-sized opportunities. Short, hands-on and inspiring, Talent Tasters help unlock young people’s aspirations.
Our committed partners help us deliver our programme and reach more young people. Our partners include organisations of all sizes, from local businesses to national corporations to Local Authorities.
There are many ways to get involved at MCR Pathways. We are delighted to have volunteers supporting almost every department in our team. Contact us if you’d like to get involved!
MCR Pathways is a SCIO regulated by OSCR,
Scottish Charity number SC045816
We are delighted by the recent announcement from the Scottish Government supporting the MCR Pathways programme.