The Programme Officers each manage an assigned regional cohort of schools, working in close partnership to ensure schools have the resources, support, and tools to maximise the impact of the programme for their students and wider communities.
Ali MacLachlan, UK Director at The Wood Foundation, said:
“We are delighted to have appointed this incredible team of professionals who share in our passion for empowering young people to be active citizens through YPI.
“The enhanced level of support that we, as a Foundation, can offer schools through a staff delivery model is a really important part of realising our ambition for YPI to be an embedded, high-quality, impactful programme which is creating sustainable legacy in our partner schools.
“The programme is now 15 years old, and we look forward to the future with continued excitement to evolve and deepen the impact of YPI.”
Meet the team
Rebecca Cheyne, North-east
What has been your most inspiring YPI experience?
“The National Event was a massively inspiring day. The quality, maturity, and passion on the stage was amazing. It has made me very excited about what amazing young people and presentations we will find this year.”
Heather Bowie, East
What is the importance of engaging with partners and charities?
“Partnership working really is at the centre of YPI and the holistic approach of the Curriculum for Excellence. It’s important that we grow those partnerships across Scotland. The more our partners engage in the YPI process the more benefits are felt by both the young people and the partners. It’s not just about funding, it’s about partners helping to develop our young people’s skills for life and in return contributing to a career ready workforce.”
Lynn Raynal, Central
How is YPI important in developing young people’s skills?
“I love the visible impact YPI has on young people’s confidence, and the skills it builds such as leadership, research, resilience, teamwork, self-belief, presentation skills and so many more.”