Talking about YPI, Sir Ian Wood, Chairman of The Wood Foundation said:
“YPI is by far one of our most successful philanthropic initiatives in Scotland. Over the last 10 years we have established strong links with local authority teams and schools throughout Scotland as well as with likeminded funding partners who support programme growth and sustainability.
Beyond the YPI grants awarded to local charities, the programme most significantly impacts upon young people, providing a valuable experience of philanthropy and community action whilst also developing fundamental employability skills.”
What has become apparent in recent years is that YPI can play a critical role within any school’s curriculum and culture. The programme naturally aligns with national priorities such as Developing the Young Workforce and National Improvement Framework.
Since it was first introduced in 2008, more than £2.5million has been awarded to local grass roots charities. During the 2017/18 academic year alone, 230 Scottish secondary schools will participate in YPI.