Local charities across Scotland have benefitted from £27,000 of grants awarded through STV Children’s Appeal partnership with the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative Scotland (YPI).
Managed in Scotland by The Wood Foundation, the YPI programme engages young people in social change and empowers them to critically understand their local community. This year, nine of the winning charities from the 207 Scottish secondary schools involved received their £3000 grants directly from the STV Children’s Appeal. These were:
- Chill Out Club (South Lanarkshire) nominated by Cathkin High School
- Clued Up Project (Fife) nominated by Madras College
- Fife Young Carers nominated by Lochgelly High School
- Govanhill Family Support Group nominated by Lourdes Secondary School
- Hopscotch Children’s Charity (Midlothian) nominated by Beeslack Community High School
- Orkney Charitable Trust nominated by Sanday Community School
- Start-Up Stirling nominated by Balfron High School
- Trust Jack Foundation (South Lanarkshire) nominated by Larkhall Academy
- Yellow Teapot Club (West Lothian) nominated by The James Young High School
With over £2.5 million awarded through YPI since 2008, there are few better examples of youth action at such scale in Scotland. During the 2016/17 academic year alone, in excess of 26,500 students took part in the YPI programme, with the winning 207 teams collectively awarding more than £620,000 to small local Scottish charities.
Commenting on YPI and its partnership with STV, Sir Ian Wood, Chairman of The Wood Foundation who manage YPI in Scotland, said:
“The Wood Foundation’s Youth & Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) is undoubtedly the most exciting and effective young people’s philanthropic learning experience in Scotland. The 2016/17 academic year was very successful, with more than 26,500 students from our 207 participating Scottish secondary schools getting actively involved and bringing much needed support to small local charities across the country.
We are proud of the partnership we enjoy with the STV Children’s Appeal through YPI. The support of the STV Children’s Appeal, and other likeminded partners, is central to the continued growth, development and success of YPI. This support not only enables more schools and charities to benefit, but most importantly helps bring across to the new generation the value and significance of philanthropy in their communities, and the fact that they can make a genuine difference by participating and caring.”
STV Chief Executive Rob Woodward said:
“We hope these nine grants from STV Children’s Appeal will go a long way to helping each project make a difference in their local community and have a positive impact on the lives of many children and young people. We are pleased to continue our partnership with YPI Scotland and to help provide a platform for school pupils to engage with and raise awareness of the issue of child poverty across Scotland.”