The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) is an active citizenship programme which empowers #generationchange to make a difference in their local communities while developing a host of skills. Each participating school, each year is responsible for directing a £3000 YPI grant to a local charity through a unique programme of teamwork, research and competition.

YPI is one of the biggest and most successful independent initiatives being delivered in Scottish education. It will be active in 275 Scottish secondary schools in 2019/20. More than 170,000 young people have taken part since it was introduced to Scotland by The Wood Foundation in 2008. In the region of £4m has been channelled to grassroots, social services charities championed by young people.


  • To engage a full year group of participating students (S2-S6) through a curricular-based programme.

  • To develop the next generation of responsible citizens and effective contributors.

  • To develop the skills and confidence of young people through a real-life, hands-on experience of philanthropy.

  • To raise awareness of social service issues and the work of local charities, and channel funds to them effectively.