OPEN THE DOOR…

It is like that moment on a talent show: someone is on stage. Someone unkempt, a bit awkward, not really sure they should be there. The crowd and the judges are muttering, casting knowing looks – this one is going to be a howler, painful to watch. Nobody is paying too much attention as the music starts. And then it happens. This nervous, shuffling person opens their mouth and out soars the most beautiful, clear and magical sound.

This really is talent.

MCR Presents Young Glasgow Talent

YOUNG GLASGOW TALENT

What is YGT?

Young Glasgow Talent (YGT) is MCR Pathways’ project which ensures young people take the next steps on the path to a fulfilling life. YGT inspires and supports disadvantaged teenagers as they unlock their potential and find their talents. Through one-to-one mentoring relationships and Talent Tasters they’ll discover ambitious, achievable aspirations.

The YGT site is for everyone: for young people who want to learn more about themselves and their abilities; for individuals that can mentor our deserving young people; for organisations, charities, colleges and universities who can play a vital role in sparking imaginations by hosting talent tasters; and for our supporters who want to keep track of our amazing work.

“It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.” — Tom Robbins, Still life with a woodpecker.

“Thanks to my mentor I am now at university and aiming for a first”
— Liam

HERALD CAMPAIGN — NO PLACE FOR DISADVANTAGE

You can make a big difference to a Glasgow Future

Join The Herald & MCR Pathways as we trailblaze a better future for bright young people who need motivated and committed adults to support them through a pathway from school to further education. Be a trusted, listening ear and turnaround the chances of our young who are disadvantaged through no fault of their own. One hour a week and a willingness to put a young person first are the only skills you need. This campaign is unique to Glasgow, and will become a model for the rest of the country. 200 mentors needed now. Glasgow Futures - the city that says there is no place for disadvantage.

Pioneering Partners

WHO WE SUPPORT

At MCR, we know that there is amazing potential and talent in young people. Varied, unique and inspiring. In every single one. But for many, that potential has yet to be discovered. Life experience has knocked the confidence out of some, firmly locking away those seeds of flair and hope. It is our aim to uncover, nurture, develop and help to realise the skills and capabilities in looked after young people. We know that each person has a specific set of abilities and passions and we want to see them flourish in the arena that is right for them. We support looked after young people practically. Guiding them on pathways to education, employment and fulfilling lives.

“It is fantastic to see young people overcome circumstances they found themselves in through no fault of their own - and go on to realise their true potential. To be able to lend a helping hand, create a pathway or just uncover one that already exists is a privilege and inspiration.”

Iain MacRitchie – Founder, Chairman & Trustee

Those who are Cared For

Life maybe hasn’t been that easy for you so far. You’ve lived in a number of places and you find it difficult to trust others. There is so much that you want to do but just when you start to get there, things turn upside down again, and you’re left holding on by the tips of your fingers. It feels like you are utterly alone in this.

The thing is, you’ve got talent and great potential – whether you realise it or not. And options. Quite a few, actually…

Those Who Care

You really want to see young people grow, flourish and be happy. Sometimes they are easy to reach, some days are more difficult. You put your all into encouraging and helping them and sometimes you simply need a helping hand yourself.

We care about you. That’s why we’re building a network of mentors who can encourage and inspire each other.

Lead Schools

Scottish Government statistics show that whilst nearly 40% of Scottish school leavers go on to higher education directly from school only 1% of ‘looked-after’ young people make this direct progression. That’s what you’re up against. Who can help you make a difference, when there are so many other targets to meet?

We’ve been working alongside five schools for a number of years, with a significant impact to their looked after young people: MCR now works with over 250 looked after young people, each one on a different and more hopeful path than when we first met them.

PARTNERS

Unlocking the massive potential of young people is a not a job for one person. It takes a whole community, with diverse skills, services and experience to to develop every aspect of their lives. We work with some wonderful partners, from schools to Duke of Edinburgh, from businesses to charities. We coordinate multiple partners in order to ensure young people have every opportunity to achieve their dreams.

STORIES

Ryan

When I was still at school there were many times where I felt like just leaving due to conflicts in my personal life. Having the support of a dedicated person convinced me to stay on and sit my exams after almost leaving 2-3 months before…

Nicole

During my time in care although the family were great I felt like I had no one to speak to about the way I was feeling. I felt as though I would have been “bothering” people and thought people would think I was being silly about the way I was feeling …

Being an MCR mentor

My perception of a mentor is someone who listens to, nurtures, supports and encourages a young person to enable them to strive and be the best they can be both academically and personally…

PATHWAYS

About MCR Pathways

Over the years at MCR we have tried and tested many methods of re-engaging young people. We have proven that, through mentoring and support we can turn the statistics around, that looked after young people can be successful in unlocking their potential and starting on the pathways through further education and university or vocational training.

Become an MCR Hero

We all need encouragement: people alongside us to applaud our successes, listen when we get it wrong, pick us up when we stumble, celebrate our achievements. By becoming an MCR mentor, you could be that person. Being a mentor involves getting to know the young person, their interests and ambitions, and helping them to increase their knowledge of opportunities in work and education. By being a positive role model you can have a profound effect on building self-confidence, skills and aspirations in the lives of young people who are disadvantaged through no fault of their own.

Who are MCR

The MCR Foundation provides support, advice & funding for sustainable, grass roots rehabilitation, education, health & welfare projects. Target projects are those that encourage, build & help realise the talents and potential of individuals and groups in inner city based communities.

COMMUNITY SUPPORTYou are not alone.

A community of like-minded people, with similar challenges to you is just a few clicks away. Our private Google+ communities allow us to be connected and supported wherever we are.

Mentor Hub

At MCR Pathways, we provide a confidential virtual hub where Mentors can connect with other like-minded people in order to share information, best practice as well as challenges and frustrations.

Pioneer Network

This community allows the partners and pioneers of MCR Pathways to inspire, organise, share and hangout together. Let’s change the world!

Pathway Central

Coming soon.

For looked after Young People.

If you’re having trouble finding your way around, give us a shout!

SUPPORT MCR

Time is precious. Especially yours. But an investment of your time could be the difference between a young person achieving their potential or not. You might be surprised by how a little time makes a big difference. Anything from a couple of hours per week can have a massive impact.

Of course we’re also happy to put your donations to good use, but we would love you to consider donating some of your time. If you’re unsure as to whether you’d make a good mentor, or you’d like to have a chat about it, then why not get in touch?

“I am not a teacher, but an awakener.”

Robert Frost – Pulitzer Prize winning Poet

What else could you give?

You could:

  • Participate in the programmes
  • Support a young person
  • Be a sounding board
  • Share some professional experience and career advice

What do I know?

You have a wealth of experience and expertise that you have learned from your own life and career. You may be surprised at how much you know, how much you learn in the process and how keenly your advice is listened to.

CONTACT MCR

Talk it through

Maybe you’re unsure how you can play a part. If you’d like to talk to someone about how you could help out, then please fill out this form, or alternatively, email us and we’ll get the conversation going…

Tell us your story

If you’ve been looked after as a young person, and would like to share the experience of how a Mentor helped you navigate through a part of your life, please share; it may just inspire someone just like you.

Technical Issues

We all have technical issues when trying to be adventurous with technology. If you’re having problems with the virtual communities, chances are, a solution to your problem already exists in our Frequently asked questions.