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Youth Philanthropy Initiative

Info from YPI Website

Links to Orkney Charities on LearnPath in Oliver (online Catalogue)

Online Charities Fair  – Click on the link and use the code orkneyypi2021 to access the videos (each will only be a minute or two long).


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.

Do you want to win £3000 for a local charity?  Youth and Philanthropy Initiative 2021

We are looking for participants from current S3 pupils who should have been participating in YPI this year to compete to win a grant of £3000 for a local charity.   

Small teams/pairs would develop a digital presentation in support of a local charity.  This is a great opportunity to help hard-pressed local volunteers to deliver support in YOUR community. Due to social distancing regulations, teams would use technology to support team-working, research, the development of a creative product, and the submission of your final work. After judging in school, the finalist presentations will be judged by external partners and the winning Team will win £3000 for the charity they represent.   

Teams would liaise with Mrs Thomson on a regular basis to support this work.  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 have already decided on a pair or group to work with. 

There is quite a tight deadline for this, with submissions of your completed creative product needed before the 13th May for entry, therefore a quick response would be appreciated.  



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Stromness Academy

***COVID-19 guidance reminder for staff and pupils returning to the classroom***(Lorraine) The Council is reminding school staff and pupils of COVID-19 measures still in place to try and keep everyone safe as they return to the classroom after the October break.The Scottish Government have been asking for some time now that people undertake twice-weekly lateral flow device tests and this has also been the case for staff and secondary pupils in schools. With all schools across the county due back on Monday, 25 October, we would appeal to all our school staff and secondary pupils to schedule one of their regular LFD tests shortly before they return – as was the advice following the summer break.Orkney Islands Council Executive Director of Education, Leisure and Housing, James Wylie, said: “Following the recent outbreak and in the build up to the October holidays we saw significant engagement in the LFD process. It is imperative that we pick up where we left off. All school staff and secondary pupils are strongly encouraged to restart twice-weekly at-home LFD testing in the week prior to return. The advice states that ideally, staff and secondary pupils should take the second weekly test either in the morning before leaving for the first day of school or the evening before.“It is really important that you record your results online, whether positive, negative or void. This helps public health experts understand what levels of COVID-19 are and can inform policy on things like future mitigations in schools.“Testing can help reduce the risks of COVID-19 outbreaks in schools. This, in turn, can help reduce the numbers of staff or children and young people that will have to self-isolate due to outbreaks.”All schools offered test kits to staff and pupils prior to the October break, which can be used for these purposes. If any staff or pupils have not received test kits, they can access them in a range of different ways, including ordering online for home delivery, or collecting kits from your nearest test site or pharmacy, such as Sutherlands in Kirkwall and Stromness, and Boots.

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