The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) is active in around 250 schools throughout the length and breadth of Scotland, giving students the chance to advocate and secure funds for local social service charities. In Fife, 12 secondary schools take part in the programme.
An entire participating year group is tasked with researching issues impacting their communities and charities addressing these. In teams, they develop creative and convincing presentations in a bid to secure their school’s £3000 grant for the charity of their choice.
A key element of the programme is charity engagement. This will be initiated by e-mail or phone. There will then likely be an interview or a visit to the charity, dependent on circumstances and Covid-restrictions.
Alex Reid, YPI National Coordinator at The Wood Foundation, said:
“Charity engagement is vitally important for the success of YPI and we are incredibly grateful to charities for the time, commitment, and energy they bring to the process.
“YPI provides a unique opportunity to engage young people and school communities in the work of the charity, promoting important conversations and awareness.”
Charities are independently researched and selected by young people. Charities will be expected to share the specific local impact a £3,000 grant would have and work with young people to gain a better understanding of the facts, figures, and stories which bring their work to life.
Surveying from The Wood Foundation found that:
75% of young people can explain how local charities support and work within their communities.
66% of young people stated that they can better understand someone else’s experiences or feelings.
65% of young people would like to help solve social problems within their community.
40% of charities stated that their YPI students returned to volunteer/offer support following YPI.
Charities reported these as the key benefits for charities engaging with YPI:
92% awareness-raising; 78% school partnerships; and 63% opportunity to secure grants.
100% of charities would recommend YPI to other charities as a way of engaging with young people and schools.
YPI is managed and majority-funded by The Wood Foundation. Since 2008, it has engaged more than 230,000 young people responsible for more than £5m reaching Scotland’s charities.
For an overview of YPI, you can watch this Launch Video. To find out more about making the most of YPI engagement with school communities, visit YPI's website.