“We want to say a huge thank you for all their hard work in securing these vital funds which will help SAMH raise awareness, promote good mental health and support people across Scotland.”
As an education programme, teachers believe that YPI is improving young people’s skills for learning, life, and work in areas such as teamwork, decision making, research, creativity, communication, problem solving and resilience. They also believe students are becoming more empathetic and engaged in their communities, better able to discuss social issues and committing to be active citizens.
Ian Porter of Craigroyston High School said:
“YPI encapsulates our school values and develops so many different skills within our young people. The fact that this combination then results in directly supporting a local charity at a particular time of need is why YPI is a priority. YPI enables our young people, staff, and the wider community to lead by example and provide hope and support for each other.”
YPI is managed and majority funded by The Wood Foundation and is supported by a network of likeminded funding partners.
Simon Pitts, Chief Executive of STV and STV Children’s Appeal Trustee, said:
“We’ve been a YPI funding partner for eight years now, and in that time we’ve been consistently impressed by the ability of young people to identify social issues within their communities and take the right steps to address them. Not only does this programme train students in the crucial areas of teamwork, problem solving and communication, but it also has a hugely positive impact on our charity partners and, ultimately, the children they work with.
“We’d like to congratulate the students across the country for their incredible efforts this year and look forward to continuing our partnership with the YPI during the next academic year.”
The Wood Foundation is a venture philanthropic organisation committed to addressing social inequity and investing in developing young people in Scotland, as well as economic investment in the UK and East Africa. It was established by its Chairman Sir Ian Wood and his family in 2007.