About YPI

Since it was introduced to Scotland in 2008 by The Wood Foundation, YPI has engaged more than 310,000 young people who have taken responsibility for £6.8m of charitable giving.

YPI is the biggest independent initiative being delivered in Scottish education. Each school is responsible for directing a grant of £3000 to a local charity championed by its students through a unique programme of teamwork, research, and competition.

YPI engages a full year-group of students, developing skills and confidence through a contextualised learning experience. The programme raises awareness of social issues and local charities, and is a vital means of enabling devolved, locally driven grant making.

YPI is managed and principally funded by The Wood Foundation. A dedicated team works closely with all participating schools to fully realise the opportunity for their settings.

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Our participating schools

See which other schools in your region are delivering YPI through our interactive map below.


The Wood Foundation manages YPI in Scotland, employing a dedicated programme management and delivery team, supported by in-house administration, evaluation, and communication expertise.

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Alex Reid

Programme Manager

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Lucia Giuntoli

Partnerships Manager

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Nicola Henderson Michie

Development Lead

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Rebecca Cheyne

North-east Scotland: Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Moray

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Heather Bowie

East of Scotland: Fife, Dundee, Perth & Kinross, Stirling, Clackmannashire

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Lynn Raynal

Central Scotland: Falkirk, West Lothian, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire

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Gary Taylor

West of Scotland: Glasgow. East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire, Inverclyde, Argyll & Bute

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Laura Gordon

South-east Scotland: Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian, Scottish Borders

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Mark Chambers

South-west Scotland: Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, North Ayrshire, East Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway

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Steve Dougan


“My advice for younger pupils starting YPI would be to simply enjoy it. Research thoroughly to find a charity that you feel passionate about and the progress will become a lot easier. When planning your presentation be creative, think outside the box and this will make the experience so much more beneficial and fun. You will get out of this experience as much as you put in."

Abbie, Bo'ness Academy

Our funding partners

Working with likeminded partners supports the sustainability of YPI as we grow the opportunity throughout Scotland.

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