Talking about the YPI programme and the upcoming event Sir Ian Wood, Chairman of The Wood Foundation said, “YPI is one of the most exciting programmes in The Wood Foundation portfolio – high impact and very much enjoyed by young people in schools. It provides a unique opportunity for them to understand the challenges and needs within their local community, and the opportunity to get involved and make a difference, with their first real experience of philanthropy.”
“Our annual YPI Scotland National Event is a great celebration of the huge achievements of these young people from across Scotland over the last 12 months, with a number of the winning schools highlighting some very exciting projects. It also highlights the success and growth of the programme across Scotland over the last eight years. There will be 1,000 youngsters attending this year’s event out of over 26,000 young people involved in the last year, and a remarkable 80,000 young people since we started.”
“In the past year, 195 small charities across Scotland will each have received £3,000, but more importantly a significant number of the 26,000 youngsters involved have undergone a mind-set change understanding the challenges in their community and realising that they can actually do something to contribute. Many of those continue to volunteer or fundraise, and a reasonable number will become good philanthropists in the future. We’re very proud of the YPI programme and of the great team we have delivering it.” Sir Ian Wood, concluded.