Through The Wood Foundation’s Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI), young people from throughout the country represented causes they cared about in a bid to secure their school’s grant.
Mental health charities, health support services, and organisations supporting people living in poverty were the top three issues to receive more than £600,000 of funding this academic year.
Jonathan Christie, Deputy UK Director at The Wood Foundation, said:
“The sums secured by young people, #generationchange, for local communities is incredible. This is a unique form of delegated grant-making and puts the power in students’ hands, ensuring there’s representation of the causes which matter to them. As well as funds, there are vital awareness raising and relationship components, as well as a range of skills development opportunities for the young people themselves.”
Emily Findlay works for Aberdeen charity Friends of the Neonatal Unit which has secured a number of YPI grants. She said:
“I absolutely love how engaged and excited the young people are who take part in YPI. Even if we don’t win, it is such great opportunity for raising awareness. It’s particularly heartwarming that a lot of the young people that choose us have a connection to the unit, whether they were in the unit themselves or a sibling.”