Get Involved

Since 2007, MCR Pathways has worked in secondary schools helping young people find, grow and use their talents. In 2018, MCR Pathways began their expansion beyond Glasgow into new Local Authorities.

MCR’s vision is that every care-experienced and disadvantaged young person in Scotland gets the same education outcomes, career opportunities and life chances as every other young person.

Mentors spend just one hour a week listening to and encouraging their young person at school. The relationship that develops is what makes the difference.

Become a Mentor

Mentors:

  • Build a relationship
  • Improve their young person’s self-esteem
  • Encourage a young person to discover their own passion for learning and achieving
  • Help a young person transition to a positive destination

Education is key to unlocking our young people’s potential. Mentors spend 50 minutes a week with their young person and that consistent encouragement and support is what keeps young people engaged with school.

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Educational Attainment – the results our young people achieve in school
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Return To School Rates – our young people return to school after 4th year
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Positive Pathways – our young people reach a positive destination when leaving school

Our Young Scottish Talent programme is currently delivered in schools across a number of Local Authorities. Our ambition is to spread mentoring across Scotland. We are in the process of expanding into further Local Authorities.

We have a Pathways Coordinator in each of our schools who are available whenever you need them. They already have brilliant relationships with all of the YST young people in their school.

You are matched to a school based on your requests and location.

When you become a mentor you are helping transform the opportunities afforded to Scotland’s most vulnerable young people. You will help them boost their life prospects by unleashing their potential.

2018’s stats from the first 15 MCR’s Young Scottish Talent programme schools show the real-life difference mentoring makes.

Impact Report

You’ll enjoy a life-changing experience just as much as your young person, as you guide, support and encourage them to a positive path.

You’ll have the opportunity to develop your own skills and expertise while you support your young person. Organisations that support MCR, including the University of Strathclyde, The Wood Foundation and Glasgow City Council, see mentoring not just as an opportunity to give back to their communities and deliver on corporate parenting responsibilities, but as a chance to offer staff an amazing opportunity as well.

Mentors have told us that the training and their mentoring experience has developed their empathy, self awareness and their ability to build positive and influential relationships. All of our mentors say it given them an enormous sense of well-being and the feeling of making a tangible contribution.

Thank you for deciding to become a mentor! MCR will be with you all the way as you begin your life-changing journey.

The first step is to Register. The information you provide allows us to best match each mentor with each of our young people.

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 skills and training. You’ll complete the training process once you receive your approved PVG.

We will provide ongoing MCR training and resources. These tools will help you encourage your young people so that they can achieve their very best futures.

Thank you so much for your support! Together, we will change the life chances of so many disadvantaged young people.

Click on the Sign Up button  complete our mentor registration form. It usually takes 10-15 minutes to do. This will help us match a young person perfectly with your life experience, education and work.

After you’ve registered you’ll sign up for a registration session.

We can’t wait to welcome you to our phenomenal mentor community!

Would you like to discuss mentoring further with a member of the MCR Pathways team? Call our office on 0141 221 0200.

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Partners

Being a mentoring organisation is not just about giving back to Scotland’s most disadvantaged. You and your colleagues will also have the opportunity to develop your own skills and expertise. A significant majority of the skills used in mentoring are those developed in leadership and management training.

Mentors feedback shows that training and mentor experience develops empathy, self awareness and their ability to build influential relationships.  This greatly enhances and builds leadership skills.

MCR Pathways will support your organisation’s staff involvement. You will join an increasing number of Scotland’s most influential organisations who have made the commitment to support our nation’s young people.

Everyone involved is committed to helping disadvantaged young people to be determined by their talents and not their circumstances. All it takes is one hour a week.

YGT Partners
Partners mentoring
Mentoring – Organisations encourage and support staff to spend one hour a week mentoring. Two lives are changed when one person mentors. Staff will develop their skills, expertise, management and leadership skills.
Partners Talent tasters
Talent Tasters – Organisations open their doors. Allowing our young people to explore inspiring businesses and aspirational roles. Each 2-3 hour Taster offers engaging, hands on experiences for our young people.
Partners other support
Other Support – Organisations help in any way they can. Some bring their educational expertise, others their design and branding know-how, and some partners offer their funding knowledge to support MCR’s programme.

You have something amazing to offer an extraordinary group of young people: your experience, your skill and your enthusiasm for your job. By becoming a Talent Taster partner, you can change a life and help a young person find their talent!

Talent Tasters are a chance for young people to try out a job, college, or university in manageable, bite-sized chunks. The average taster is just two to three hours long. They are designed to engage and inspire the younger generation with hands on learning experiences and raise their aspirations for a brighter future.. They’re more sustainable and effective than traditional work experience both for the young people and for the organisations delivering.

We’ll work shoulder-to-shoulder with your business to help design, develop and deliver the best Talent Taster sessions. We’ve already had almost 50 organisations, with 5 to 5,000 employees, across multiple sectors, deliver tasters for over 200 different jobs.

Talent Tasters Work

We’ve delivered more than one hundred tasters covering 16 distinct industries in the last year. There are so many stories, so many sparks of future careers being created.

One young man found a talent for joinery and carpentry after a three hour Talent Taster at City Building. His attendance at school dramatically improved and he’s now working towards gaining the qualifications he needs to get an apprenticeship.

One young woman attended our Paramedic Talent Taster at the Ambulance Academy. She found she had what it takes to be a great paramedic and she’s working towards applying for the Academy.

The Talent Taster you deliver could be a life changing experience for our young people. The moment they realise ‘I could do this!’

Becoming a Talent Taster partner will give you and your company:

  • Highly effective training opportunities and personal development for staff
  • Improved staff morale and motivation
  • Priceless insight into your future customers and workforce
  • Vital evidence for accreditation, CSR and business awards
  • Team Building & fun
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Here’s the process from end to end:

  1. If you know you want to be a Talent Taster partner, sign up HERE or call us on 0141 287 9681 or email: TTTeam@mcrpathways.org
  2. We’ll then call or email to arrange a first meeting. We’ll fully explain the programme and you’ll create a short role profile with our help, if required.
  3. Next we’ll advise you on the event’s structure and look at aspects of the job which could be demonstrated in a fun, ‘hands-on’ way.
  4. The following step is to confirm the Talent Tasters dates. We’ll  encourage our young people to sign up based on their known skills and interests.
  5. On the confirmed date, we’ll bring the young people to your workplace. At least two members of our Team will be there on the day to help out and manage administration.
  6. Following the Talent Taster, we’ll collect feedback, and which will be with you. This feedback will be used to review and improve future tasters.

These experiences inspire and the numbers speak for themselves. 64% of MCR’s young people stayed on at school beyond 4th year in contrast to just 27% of Scotland’s care experienced youngsters. Critically, 81% of our young people secured a positive post-school destination (college, university or employment), compared to 48.8% when we started.

We’ve organised Talent Tasters in these sectors, and more

  • Admin & secretarial
  • Beauty & hairdressing
  • Care services
  • Charities
  • Construction and trades
  • Creative industries
  • Customer service
  • Engineering
  • Food and drink
  • IT and technology
  • Lawyers and accountants
  • Medical and dental
  • Public services
  • Retail and sales
  • Sports and fitness
  • Travel and tourism

When you spark the imagination of one of the young people at your event, we’ll work closely with them to fan it into a fire. We can arrange further, more tailored visits. If the idea sticks, we’ll then support that young person to make the right choices at school and move on to university, college or training leading towards that role.

Thank you so much for your support! Together, we will change the life chances of so many disadvantaged young Scots.

Can your Organisation Become a Partner?

Please join us if you can do any of the below:

  • Your organisation can support staff to mentor
  • You can offer a 2-3 hour Talent Taster for our young people to explore industries and careers,
  • Or if you can help in any other way
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Other Ways to Volunteer

Some MCR mentors and partners volunteer their time, services and expertise in other ways to support our programme.

Other ways Skills
Skills & Project Volunteer

From marketing to administration, delivering training to ICT & Apps development, there are loads of projects you can help our core team with to change young lives for the better.

other ways events
Events Volunteer

MCR Events deliveries various events, large and small, throughout the year. You can help us run and organise them.

other ways
Other Ways

From designing our marketing materials, to researching, to tutoring. MCR Volunteers ensure invaluable contributions are made right across our programme.

Thank you so much for your support! Together, we can and will change the life chances of so many disadvantaged youngsters.

There are many ways to get involved at MCR Pathways. As well as our core mentoring programme, we have inspiring volunteers currently supporting us across our whole organisation. We have support within our marketing department, specialists who can help us drive our programme forward. We have inspiring tutors from the University of Strathclyde supporting over 30 young people, as well as volunteer tutors and support with our Talent Tasters. We are delighted and proud to have a volunteer supporting almost every department in our team, but we need you!

If you can’t mentor but want to help out in another way, contact our Volunteer Services Coordinator to discuss all of the skills you have and our range of volunteering requirements.

We’ll get back in touch with the many volunteering opportunities that we have available right throughout the year.

Please see our list of current volunteer vacancies:

InDesign – Volunteer Specialist

Film Content and Editorial – Volunteer Specialist

App Developers – Volunteer Specialist

Please contact our Volunteer Services Coordinator, Mandy Choi for more information or to discuss opportunities.

Mandy Choi
Volunteer Services Coordinator
mandy.choi@mcrpathways.org
0141 221 0200

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