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Youth Philanthropy Initiative

Info from YPI Website


The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) is an active citizenship programme which empowers #generationchange to make a difference in their local communities while developing a host of skills. Each participating school, each year is responsible for directing a £3000 YPI grant to a local charity through a unique programme of teamwork, research and competition.

YPI is one of the biggest and most successful independent initiatives being delivered in Scottish education. It will be active in 275 Scottish secondary schools in 2019/20. More than 170,000 young people have taken part since it was introduced to Scotland by The Wood Foundation in 2008. In the region of £4m has been channelled to grassroots, social services charities championed by young people.


  • To engage a full year group of participating students (S2-S6) through a curricular-based programme.
  • To develop the next generation of responsible citizens and effective contributors.
  • To develop the skills and confidence of young people through a real-life, hands-on experience of philanthropy.
  • To raise awareness of social service issues and the work of local charities, and channel funds to them effectively.

Your Community Fund                                                      

Unfortunately, this year our school participation in the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative was cut short due to the unusual circumstances we find ourselves in.  This has meant that S3 pupils who should have been working together to compete for a £3000 award to a charity which they represent has been stopped.  The Wood Foundation, who fund and support this work have now offered the school the opportunity to participate instead in ‘Your Community Fund’ WITH THE CHANCE OF WINNING £4000 FOR THE CHARITY THEY REPRESENT.  Working in pairs or small teams with peers, young people are encouraged to develop a collaborative submission. Home learning support, alongside platforms such as Glow and Teams can be used for these purposes.

This project builds upon several important learning outcomes central to YPI, including active citizenship, values-based learning and employability skills development. Core aspects of YPI have been adapted to give young people the platform to respond to the current crisis in a meaningful way, while observing social distancing guidelines. Your Community Fund will be delivered in partnership with schools’ YPI delivery teams and entries will be judged by a selection panel. Schools will be asked to submit up to three entries from teams of pupils. These are to be creative and compelling digital submissions accompanied by a complete Submission Information Sheet, focused on a local social issue impacted by COVID-19 and a charity which would benefit from funding to tackle it.

Mrs Thomson is looking for participants from the current S3 pupils who should have been participating in the scheme this year, OR from any S4 or S5 pupils who participated in the past.  Teams are required to develop a digital package which is compelling and creative. Teams should consider how they will make the biggest impact, stand out from the crowd, and use their talents to be persuasive and demonstrate passion for the cause. Due to social distancing regulations, you must use technology to support teamworking, research, the development of your creative product, and the submission of your final work.  You will liaise with Mrs Thomson on a regular basis to support this work.

This is a great opportunity to support local charities during this unprecedented crisis, supporting hard-pressed local volunteers to deliver support in YOUR community.  Any pupil who is interested in participating should email their details to Mrs Thomson, including which charity they would like to represent and any information on whether they are already in a pair or group.

Your-Community-Fund – Empowering young people during the COVID-19 pandemic by the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI), a programme of The Wood Foundation, in Scotland

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