Member News: MCR Pathways Celebrate 10 year Anniversary
24 November 2017
MCR Pathways celebrated its 10th year anniversary of helping disadvantaged young people from across Glasgow with a civic reception, hosted by the Lord Provost, at Glasgow City Chambers on Thursday 23 November 2017.
The evening was also a celebration of the coveted St Mungo award being awardeded to MCR Founder, Iain MacRitchie, for his commitment to helping Glasgow's young people.
During 2018 MCR Pathways mentoring programme will be introduced to every secondary school in Glasgow, working with all disadvantaged or care experienced young people to help them achieve positive outcomes.
Speaking before the event, Iain MacRitchie said:
"Young people can tell us what they need to close the attainment gap – we just need to listen and spend some quality time with them. Mentoring is the best way to do this.
"I believe our greatest social challenge is ensuring that all young people get the opportunity and support to realise their full potential. The sad fact is that many do not. Especially those in and on the edges of the care system. These young people have suffered decades of consistently poor outcomes, through no fault of their own. The only way to break the mould and ensure our most disadvantaged young people are defined by their potential – and never their circumstances – is through the education system.
"I am convinced that there is a way to bridge every talent to the large number of opportunities that exist within and beyond education. Through our mentoring programme, we now support over 900 young people experiencing challenges way beyond their years. It is emotional and humbling but is also an enriching experience for all involved."