Tell us about our YPI experience (Murray)
“We represented an incredible local charity called SeAScape – they deal with many harrowing social issues such as homelessness and poverty – and they were incredibly supportive and helpful throughout the entirety of the creative process. We met virtually with representatives from the charity to discuss our YPI platform and we brought forth questions which we had for them, which they gladly answered. Now, when choosing a charity to focus your YPI presentation on, teachers tend to advise that you pick one which you are familiar with in your local area, and one that you may have utilised the services of before – but for our circumstance, this was far from the truth. We both had actually never even heard of SeAScape before YPI and, although it provided its challenges, we managed to make it work.
“By using any newspaper articles, Facebook posts, tweets, leaflets, or posters that we could find, we managed to create a wonderful presentation on the charity and the social issue in which they are attempting to conquer, which led us to winning them a grand sum of £3000. Of course, we completed our presentation during the second COVID-19 lockdown when we weren’t at school and couldn’t meet up. During this time, we engaged in frequent Zoom calls to see how the other was getting on, and to see if we were managing to film the content required to produce the presentation. Whether your presentation is a video, PowerPoint, article, short film, or whatever else you can conjure up, having access to good ICT will make your life much easier, especially if it has to be completed online.”
How did it feel to win the money? (Julie)
“When we found out that we had won the money, Murray and I were thrilled! We were overjoyed that our presentation had earned an amazing charity like SeAscape such a significant sum of money. The time and effort that we put into the project seemed so worthwhile, and the feeling of joy remained for days after the announcement. The charity provides essential housing support and resources to those in need, which is especially relevant in the current situation regarding the pandemic. We are honoured to have supported such a wonderful charity in carrying out their vital work.”
Why did you choose to do your video in this style? (Murray)
“I like to pride myself on being good at using technology and I am able to shoot, produce, and edit short movies. In contrast, Julie is a very gifted and naturally creative person who is amazing in anything involving music or art, so the two of us combined would be the perfect pairing to make a short film. We both incorporated ideas into the project, which is a vital strength in order to work effectively in a team for YPI, and we managed to make the social distancing rules work. We appeared on camera, in public, and around our own houses in order to convince the viewers to choose us as the school winners of YPI 2021.”
Why did it feel important to do something for your community? (Murray)
“As a young person in 2021, it’s common to feel powerless. We witness a multitude of issues being discussed by politicians, but never seem to have a say in matters that concern our communities and futures. Many a time I’ve felt unseen. Overlooked, even. I’m unafraid to say that in today’s society, young people just aren’t included enough in the wider discussions about topics that significantly affect our lives and our future.
“For me, YPI was a glimmer of hope. It allowed me to contribute towards a wider cause, and to have a voice that I felt was listened to. During a time when so many people were experiencing incredible hardship, I was able to make a small difference – and the small difference allowed me to believe that change IS possible. And suddenly, I felt a sense of relief and pride that I had been a part of the much-needed change that must take place in our community.
“For anybody who is taking part in YPI, I would encourage you to take a leap. You are never fully aware of your influence until you make your way through the project and realise that the knowledge that you have gained is the key to change.”