The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) is one of the biggest and most successful independent programmes being delivered in Scotland’s schools having engaged more than 140,000 young people in social issues within their communities.
YPI is an active citizenship programme which empowers young people to make a difference and has granted £3.2m in the past decade to hundreds of small, Scottish charities.
In the current academic year, 250 secondary schools and 34,000 young people will take part in YPI channelling £750,000 into Scotland’s third sector for causes championed by the participants.
YPI is a skills-based education programme that raises awareness of philanthropy and the needs of communities to young people. It is delivered within the curriculum as core activity, over an eight to 12-week period, across a full year group of students. Each secondary school is responsible for directing a £3000 YPI grant to a local charity through a unique programme of teamwork, research and competition.
YPI has a proven impact on personal, enterprise, employability and citizenship skills and been cited in a number of HMIE School Reports as an example of best practice in Citizenship Education.
The Wood Foundation introduced the programme, which was established by MAC Cosmetics founder Julie Toskan-Casale in Canada, to Scotland in 2008. It is delivered with the support of several like-minded co-funders.