Mentoring teenagers to become confident young adults
PDMS actively supports disadvantaged young people, through a mentoring programme, to be the best they can.
MCR Pathways is a charity which was set up in Glasgow in 2007, and now covers 75 schools around Scotland, with expansion planned in England before the end of this year. It is a relationship-based Mentoring Programme, helping young people who are at school to become motivated, committed and resilient, supporting care-experienced and other vulnerable or disadvantaged young people to realise their full potential through education.
These young people are carefully matched with a trained mentor to meet weekly on a one-to-one basis, with the aim of building a relationship. With the support of PDMS, I successfully completed the training programme earlier this year, and was matched with a young girl who had asked for mentoring to guide and support her through her most important exam years and beyond.
Despite changing Covid rules over the past few months, I finally met my new mentee in person for the first time, and found her to be a bright and ambitious teenager, working hard to achieve the grades to ultimately work towards her goal of going to further education. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to be involved with such a lovely girl and, after only one meeting, I left feeling confident we’d work well together and I’m really looking forward to finding out what the future holds for her.