Before we fully say goodbye to 2019, we want to take a few minutes to recap the past 12 fantastic months. This year was all about showcasing the power of individuals to create change. Mentoring is creating #TheRippleEffect across Scotland and the impact is being felt everywhere. When our young people are supported to reach their potential, the impact is felt in waves and they radiate that positivity back into the community. But mentoring doesn’t just benefit young people: our mentors learn new skills, our workplaces are reinvigorated, our schools have more support and our communities are better connected.
Read on to hear about the ways the MCR community has created #TheRippleEffect in 2019.
1. Propelling Expansion into New Local Authorities.
This year we’ve created new partnerships with Clackmannanshire Council, North Ayrshire Council, Shetland Islands Council, South Lanarkshire Council and West Dunbartonshire Council to bring mentoring to more young people across Scotland.
2. Hitting Milestone after Milestone
In Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, our passionate mentoring community reached 100 this year!
3. Breaking the Silence on Mental Health
Our young people this year led the conversation on mental health at our conference, #BraveNotBroken.
4. Giving Back to the Community
A record number of YST Young people completed their Duke of Edinburgh and volunteered in their community.
5. Directing Policy
This year our young people played a key role in shaping Scottish policy. YST young people took part in the 1,000 voices initiative and questioned policy makers at our annual conference. MCR’s Founder Dr. Iain MacRitchie was also published in Celcis’ Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care, where he outlined his vision for care policy in Scotland.
6. Creating New Partnerships
This year we partnered with new organisations across the country. Check out our Partner page to read more & to get involved.
7. Celebrating Success
This year, we were honoured to win the Education Award at the Inspiring City Awards, The Scottish Public Service Awards’ Third Sector Partnership Award & the Diversity Through Education at the Scottish Diversity Awards 2019
8. Putting Young People in Charge
Young people aren’t just in YST, they also shape it. In addition to designing and running the MCR 2019 conference, our interns started work on a new tool to better support young people once they leave school.
9. Enhancing Mentor Support
We launched our fantastic new Mentor Hub online tool as a one stop shop of resources to better support mentor relationships.
10. Reaching an Unprecedented Number of Young People
This year, we were humbled and honoured for our programme to reach 2,000 young people across Scotland. We are committed to supporting each of these young people to find, grow and use their talents. But our work isn’t over, we won’t stop until every young person in Scotland is empowered to reach their full potential, no matter their circumstances
Thank you to everyone who helped make 2019 such a brilliant year. Before we go, we want to give our young people, mentors & partners the final say about the impact they’ve seen this year.