MCR Pathways is a school-based mentoring programme. It supports those in or on the edges of the care system to realise their full potential through education. MCR recruits, trains and matches volunteer mentors with a young person.
The MCR Mentoring Programme is now in all Glasgow secondary schools.
How Do We Help?
MCR Pathways supports young people in the school environment. Bellahouston Academy has a full-time Pathways Coordinator who works directly with identified young people. We help these pupils re-engage and then transition from school to Higher Education, Further Education, or employment. The programme includes three main elements:
Each young person is matched with their own mentor from S3 stage onwards. Pupils meet with their mentor once a week for 50 minutes and receive guidance and support. Mentors build a relationship, helping their young person to develop confidence and self-esteem. We ask our mentors for a commitment of at least one year.
S1 and S2 pupils work with their Pathways Coordinator and participate in weekly group work sessions. These are focused on building confidence and life skills, and also improving Literacy and Numeracy levels. This allows the Coordinator to build trust and an individual relationship with each young person, preparing them for mentoring.