Jonathan Christie, Deputy UK Director at The Wood Foundation, said:
“Empowering #generationchange at a generation-defining time was really important to us and we knew we had to adapt quickly in order to do this in a meaningful way. We wanted to support Scotland’s communities in a way that allowed young people to retain the delegated responsibility which is the central to our YPI programme. Your Community Fund gave them a platform to advocate and create, applying their research, remote teamworking, and skills to a real-world context.
“Our close partnerships with schools have been key in the success of securing these submissions. Because of these efforts funds can now be granted to organisations that young people passionately believe need it most in their local areas to tackle the far-reaching impacts on coronavirus.”
The funds will be sent to charities in the coming weeks.
YPI will return to schools after the summer holidays with a number of key adaptations, informed by the Your Community Fund process, put in place to ensure the opportunity for young people to make a difference in their communities while developing a host of skills can continue during periods of blended learning and social distancing.
YPI was introduced to Scotland by The Wood Foundation in 2008. The programme has granted more than £4.5m to charities and engaged 200,000 young people in each of the country’s 32 local authorities.