More men­tors wanted for pupils

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - LOCAL | NEWS - BY JAMES CAIRNEY

MCR Path­ways are look­ing for role mod­els to join their team as they ex­pand their men­tor­ing pro­gramme to the north-east.

The Young Scot­tish Tal­ent ini­tia­tive has al­ready helped more than 1,300 school­child­ren in Glas­gow and the scheme is now be­ing rolled out across six north-east se­condary schools.

Dis­ad­van­taged stu­dents at St Machar, Banff, In­verurie, Fraser­burgh and Peter­head acad­e­mies, as well as The Gor­don Schools, will re­ceive sup­port from men­tors from Au­gust.

Men­tors meet pupils once a week in their schools and pro­vide sup­port and ad­vice, with the aim of help­ing young peo­ple move on to pos­i­tive des­ti­na­tions once they leave school.

Iain MacRitchie, founder of MCR Path­ways, said: “A young per­son’s fu­ture should be de­ter­mined by their po­ten­tial, never their cir­cum­stances.”

The char­ity is sup­ported by the Wood Foun­da­tion, who are host­ing an open event next week to re­cruit more busi­ness part­ners to help their cause. Aberdeen has the sec­ond-high­est pro­por­tion of young peo­ple fail­ing to move on to a new ca­reer after leav­ing school and MCR Path­ways hope to see the pro­gramme even­tu­ally rolled out na­tion­wide.

Path­way co­or­di­na­tors have been hired for each of the schools after the suc­cess of the ini­tia­tive in Glas­gow.

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