YOUTH AND PHILANTHROPY INITIATIVE

About YPI

Since it was introduced to Scotland in 2008 by The Wood Foundation, YPI has engaged more than 200,000 young people who have taken responsibility for £4.5m 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.

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MEET THE TEAM

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

CENTRAL TEAM
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Lynsey Brosnan

Development Lead (Currently on Maternity Leave)

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Alex Reid

National Coordinator

REGIONAL FACILITATORS
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Margaret Thomson

Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire

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Anne Sim

Moray and East Highland

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Lynn Raynal

Glasgow, East and West Dunbartonshire, North Lanarkshire, Falkirk, and remote support to Argyll & Bute, and Highland

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Susan Beattie

Edinburgh, Fife, East Lothian, Midlothian and Scottish Borders

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Jane Clifford

Clackmannanshire, Stirling and West Lothian

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Alistair Cairns

East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, South Lanarkshire and Dumfries & Galloway

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Isabel Johnstone

North, East & South Ayrshire

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Kenny McKeown

Dundee, Angus and Perth & Kinross

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Alex Reid

Orkney, Shetland and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (remote support)

“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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