Student Mentors (Routes for All)

Student Mentors with Routes for All help to inspire, motivate and support senior school pupils to progress to college or university.

Opportunity to develop the following Common Good Attributes
Active and global citizenship
Responsible leadership
What’s involved?
Routes for All is an innovative and practical programme of activities delivered by staff from GCU alongside trained student mentors. Student mentors work with S5 and S6 pupils in the 17 Glasgow secondary schools where fewer young people progress to higher education in comparison to the national average. The aim of the programme is to support pupils to progress to college or university. It achieves this by inspiring, motivating and encouraging pupils to make the transition to higher education, primarily to college to study HNC/D qualifications. During a series of workshop based sessions in school mentors work with young people in small groups to develop skills that will help them make successful college applications. In addition, mentors support young people to participate in both college and university campus visits, to enable them to gain experience of higher education and understand the progression routes to university after college.
How will participating in this activity/opportunity allow students to make a positive difference to the communities that we serve?
Routes for All has been developed to inform and guide S5 and S6 pupils as they prepare to leave school to study at college. Our programme of activity works with pupils at a key stage of their school education and has been designed to help them make positive, informed decisions about their future. Many of the pupils we work with are the first in their family to go to college or university. Student mentors act as role models for the young people that they work with. It is a very important role – one that actively supports young people to achieve their goals. Also, enabling young people to reach their potential will have a positive impact on the communities that they live in.
What are the benefits of taking part in this activity/opportunity for participating students?
Routes for All employs undergraduate and postgraduate students to work as mentors on our programme. We offer our mentors the opportunity to: • Earn money in a flexible part-time job that looks great on their CV • Work alongside students from other disciplines and backgrounds • Make a positive difference to the lives of young people from schools across Glasgow • Develop a wide range of employability related skills, e.g. communication and group work skills • Join GCU Student Leaders Programme.
Success stories
Last year 92% of the young people we worked with went on to a positive destination. Student mentors are responsible for supporting young people to prepare for their next step after school and developing the confidence to move on to the next stage of their life.
Which School or department delivers/ supports this activity?
GCU Outreach
Which students can participate in this activity?
Students with an interest in working with young people to build confidence and support them towards higher education. Students must apply to work as student mentors in September through a competitive recruitment process including an application, interview and PVG scheme member check. See the website for further information.
Name: Routes for All
Department/School: GCU Outreach
Telephone: 0141 331 8683