MCR Pathways is a school-based mentoring programme — something that’s been a part of both my mentee and my life for the past 8 months. The Scottish charity offers support for care-experienced and disadvantaged young people, ensuring they have the same educational outcomes, career opportunities, and life chances every young person does in the UK.
Every week, my young person and I meet up at their school to chat, and that’s really it.
It doesn’t seem like a lot — we just sit down in the lunch hall, say what we’ve been up to, talk about school gossip and how classes are going — then the bell rings.
At first, I thought to myself, ‘Am I missing something here? Surely there has to be a catch, all I’m doing is having a conversation.’
But as the weeks passed, and my young person and I grew closer, I began to understand the impact that this would have on both of our lives.
Each Thursday I have a burst of energy, knowing I’ll be heading to the school to meet my young person again. As the first few weeks passed, we had begun making a real connection, and I remember one meeting standing out to me more so than others.
We sat down in our usual spots, laughing at how behind the times I am already, not fully understanding what “spill the tea” means (FYI, it means gossip).
My young person told me who’s been given detention, how their assembly has dragged on again, that they’re looking to stay on to 6th year…
“Well, I think so. Could be fun!”
Trust was starting to form, and even found myself being more open about some of the worries I had. Each of us respected one another — there wasn’t any judgment or discipline.
It might be ‘just a chat’, but in reality, it’s a whole lot more.
Find out more about MCR Pathways and their amazing vision for Scottish young people by clicking here.