Yearly Archives: 2019


Professional learning case study: Ryan Lynch, YPI Lead Teacher, Alloa Academy

The Wood Foundation, manager and principal funder of YPI in Scotland, has been accredited by the General Teaching Council of Scotland (GTCS) as a provider of professional learning and YPI has been endorsed by Education Scotland as a programme offering offering high-quality professional learning and leadership opportunities. Ryan Lynch, a PE teacher at Alloa […]

By |2019-12-04T12:15:26+00:00December 4th, 2019|News|

YPI endorsed by Education Scotland

YPI has been endorsed by Education Scotland’s Professional Learning and Leadership team.

Lynsey Brosnan, National Coordinator of YPI, said:

“We are delighted to have secured this endorsement from Education Scotland.

“While YPI as a programme is focussed on empowering young people, we know the best way of achieving this is through an empowered […]

By |2019-11-18T11:13:07+00:00November 18th, 2019|News|

Portlethen pupil’s Dad inspired by YPI success

The father of a Portlethen Academy pupil has raised an additional £7700 for the charity his son’s team secured their school’s YPI grant for earlier this year.

Inspired by his son Jack and classmates Finlay Dyce and Sajan Alawattage. Tim Laundon decided to fulfil an ambition to climb Mount Kiliminjaro to raise […]

By |2019-10-07T14:04:27+01:00October 7th, 2019|News|

CalMac commits to coastal communities through YPI

Young people in coastal communities are set to benefit from CalMac’s partnership with YPI. 

The west coast ferry operator has committed to The Wood Foundation’s Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) and will be supporting its delivery in eleven schools across its area of operations.

Launching the partnership at St Columba’s High School in […]

By |2019-09-19T12:01:32+01:00September 19th, 2019|News|

The Wood Foundation awarded GTCS accreditation

The Wood Foundation, the operational manager and principal funder of YPI in Scotland, has been accredited as a provider of professional development programmes by GTCS.

YPI offers a suite of professional development opportunities for teachers, including:

  • Practice-sharing finals
  • Programme development sessions
  • A suite of resources
  • Regional networking and shared learning events

YPI National […]

By |2019-09-18T10:24:37+01:00September 18th, 2019|News|

#iwill pledge

YPI is pledging its support to the #iwill campaign as YouthLink Scotland confirms its extended commitment to 2022.

The #iwill movement aims to encourage and empower young people to make a difference to their community and society through activities such as volunteering, fundraising, campaigning and mentoring. In 2018, […]

By |2019-07-31T12:56:53+01:00July 31st, 2019|News|

‘#generationchange gives us all hope for now and the future’ – reflections from our National Event

More than 1000 young people from the length and breadth of Scotland were joined by representatives from the third, public and private sectors at the YPI National Event celebrating the impact of #generationchange at the Perth Concert Hall.

Jonathan Christie, Deputy UK Director at The Wood Foundation reflects on the day:

“Given the […]

By |2019-06-27T10:18:09+01:00June 27th, 2019|News|

1000 young people to celebrate philanthropic achievements

The biggest annual gathering of pupils from across Scotland is set to take place in Perth in June.

More than 1000 young people involved in The Wood Foundation’s Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) will celebrate their achievements at the Perth Concert Hall.

They will be joined by a further 200 delegates from education, […]

By |2019-05-27T10:49:32+01:00May 27th, 2019|News|

East Lothian pupils empowered by Capital Document Solutions

A former Dunbar Academy pupil returned to his school as part of his company’s commitment to empowering East Lothian’s young people to make a difference to the local area.

Gordon Affleck, Finance Director at Capital Document Solutions, attended the school’s Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) final where a group representing East Lothian […]

By |2019-05-27T10:44:14+01:00May 27th, 2019|News|

“Empowering young people to make a difference”

Blog by Sandy MacDonald of our Edinburgh Principal Funder Standard Life Aberdeen

Last week, I got the chance to meet the fantastic young people of Craigmount High School in Edinburgh as part of our support of the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI), the flagship programme of The Wood Foundation. This gives me […]

By |2019-05-27T10:32:33+01:00May 27th, 2019|News|