Young Glasgow Talent, developed by MCR Pathways, is helping young people find, grow and use their talent in Glasgow.
Our volunteer mentors spend one hour a week listening to and encouraging their young person. The only qualification you need to be a mentor is the desire to help. Young people are matched with a mentor based on their personalities, interests and career aspirations. All young people are different and have different needs, so it’s important that our mentors come from all walks of life.
Role models make a life-changing difference to young people. Additionally, mentoring has been shown to make a powerful and positive impact on those who give their time and support.
The Motivation, Commitment and Resilience of our young people and mentors inspires us and pushes us forward every day.
The best thing I got out of mentoring was I believe in myself a lot more. My mentor really took it into consideration what I liked, my dislikes, what I was interested, what I wanted to be and what I wanted to do with my life. She pushed me forward in doing that because she knew I wasn't very confident, she knew that I didn't really believe in myself and that I didn't really have anyone else pushing me. She took me to open days at universities and colleges. I've always wanted to be a lawyer, but felt like I wasn't good enough to be a lawyer, she was like 'No, you are doing it, you can do this!'
I’ve learned that you can help young people just by being there and listening. You don’t need to have all the answers but as long as you show care and respect it, it will work both ways. I’ve been with my young person for over a year now and, as the new term has started, we are working towards my young person excelling in 4th year and getting good results.
I became an MCR mentor in August 2019. I was apprehensive and hoped that I would be able to bring value to the role and to my young mentee. I schedule our weekly meetings in advance and find that I can fit them in easily within my work commitments. I find myself smiling every time I arrive at school, as I really look forward to chatting with my mentee! If our relationship can make a small difference in my mentee’s life and help positively shape her future, I will be delighted and feel genuinely honoured to be able to share this journey with her.
As time goes on, she trusts me more and trust has opened up between us. We chat about life, and decisions and everything in between, which is great. It's the relationship that matters, so making an hour is week is not a chore. The challenge is really being the best you can be for someone else, instead of for yourself.
Before I met my mentor, I was a wee bit quiet, never really had any pals and just stuck to myself. But then I met Gulio and he was there pushing me, giving me ideas and just making me better. The biggest change I've seen in myself is my confidence. I just get to be me, pretty much, instead of a wee shell of a person
My mentee bounces up to reception where we meet and seems excited to see me. I can’t wait to see how the relationship grows and I already know that once my young person leaves school, I want to be able to begin the process again.
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!