“There is an amazing body of work to build upon nationally. I am looking forward to working with schools and communities to recognise and enhance the impact of YPI, and better ascertain the legacy of the programme.”
Brian will anchor the YPI delivery team and provide strategic vision and oversight into its development and structures.
Ali MacLachlan, UK Director at The Wood Foundation, said:
“I am pleased to welcome Brian to the team at an important time for YPI. As the biggest independent initiative being delivered through the Scottish curriculum, we know that it has an important role in empowering young people and forging community connections. Thirteen years in, our commitment to innovation and impact means we are in a great position to re-evaluate how we grow and embed the potential of YPI nationally to provide the very best experience for our young people and their communities.”
More than 230,000 young people have been empowered by YPI since it was launched in Scotland in 2008. These students from across Scotland’s 32 local authorities have been responsible for more than £5m reaching local charities addressing a range of social issues. Through a unique programme of teamwork, research, creativity, and competition, young people advocate for charities with one team from each school securing a £3000 grant.