MCR Take Over City Chambers For Coveted St Mungo Award Celebration

The Herald and Sunday Herald

This evening, Thursday 23rd November, MCR Pathways will take over Glasgow’s City Chambers. It’s an evening of celebration which follows the announcement of MCR Founder and CEO Iain MacRitchie recipiency of the city’s coveted St Mungo award.

At the event, our young people will share their stories of overcoming disadvantage.

“We all have a role to help overcome the challenge of attainment and disadvantage,” Iain MacRitchie.

Excerpt from The Herald

“Young people tell us what they need to close the attainment gap – and we just need to listen and spend quality time with them. And mentoring is the best way to do this.

Our greatest social challenge is ensuring that all young people get the opportunity and support to realise their full potential. Unfortunately, many do not especially those in and on the edges of the care system. We must ensure our disadvantaged young people are defined by their talent and not their circumstances.

There is a way to bridge every talent to the opportunities that exist within and beyond education. Through our mentoring programme, we now support over 900 young people.

At Glasgow City Chambers this evening I’ve had the huge privilege of receiving a St Mungo Award on behalf of our inspired team. And we also celebrate 10 years of MCR Pathways.

At this event, our young people will tell the stories of their achievements through adversity using the symbolism of St Mungo’s miracles. Glasgow was built upon community and family ideals. I believe this has defined the city’s DNA and its people.

One-to-one mentoring within education is our modern equivalent of this.  There is clearly a will within the city to be part of this because our community of volunteer mentors it.

With mentoring, our most disadvantaged young people progressing from school to positive pathways has grown from 49% to 81%.

MCR has a national ambition, and we can realise this with the commitment of individuals and organisations across Scotland. We can collectively transform the prospects for the next generation of Scots. At the same time we can transform our country. There is a way and I know it’s just connecting it with the will. People do Make Glasgow and will Make Scotland.”

Can you Become a Mentor?

Our city’s young people desperately need a mentor to make a huge difference to their confidence, educational outcomes and future life chances. Find out more about Becoming A Mentor.

Can your organisation help? To become involved in our Talent Taster programme, alongside our partners such as Glasgow Life and The Herald, simply GET INVOLVED! We can’t wait to work with you.

We’re always looking for new mentors to reach all the young people who need help. Help us share the word by letting your friends and family know how worthwhile mentoring can be.

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