YPI students at Braes High School created a video which has been used by the charity to engage with staff, volunteers, stakeholders, and schools.
Aimee Stewart, Holly McLachlan, Lucy Allan, Mirren Scott, and Emma Duncan developed an impactful animation for the school’s YPI Final Showcase in 2022.
Falkirk and District Association for Mental Health (FDAMH) was so impressed with the product, it has become a core resource of its marketing and outreach team.
The team said:
“It’s good to know that our hard work paid off and now others can see this video and learn more about the charity we worked with.”
Each member of the group had a designated role from animation, to editing, to playing the piano for the background music, using Flip a Clip and Capcut to produce. They visited the charity’s centre to meet staff directly and learn more about its services. They added:
“We enjoyed learning more about FDAMH and what they do. It was fun going out and seeing what it’s like where they work. We all enjoyed taking part even though we didn’t win.”
Catherine Quinn of FDAMH said:
“While it’s great to win the money, the real impact of YPI is the connection you make with the groups of young people and the incredible products that we can then use to really raise awareness to engage a range of stakeholders.
“In recent years, our interactions have mostly been online but we had a chance to meet this group in person and I think the quality of the end result reflects this so we’ll certainly try and do that more often.
“This is a great resource, told from the perspective of a young person. I was absolutely blown away at the Final. We have kept in contact with the school.
“We now offer services from age 13, so it is so important for us to have these connections with young people and for them to be discussing mental health and understanding what support is on offer.”
Braes High School teacher Laura Eckles said:
“Pupils have massively benefited from the YPI project by using their creativity to impact change in their own local communities. The young people really buy into working with charities they are invested in and see the difference they make in the lives of those around them. The pupils have earned success through the incredible creativity they have demonstrated. We are very proud of each and every one of them.”
The team added:
“We chose mental health as it is an extremely big issue and impacts many people both in and out of our community. FDAMH showed us lots of statistics and now we know that people of all ages and genders can experience mental health issues as it’s very common and lots of people struggle with it.
“We would say that YPI is a really good experience if you work hard but you need to make sure that you and your group are all passionate about your charity and care enough to put all the effort in. We would also say that you should be prepared to work at home because if you want it to be the best it can be you have to put in all the time and effort.”
The video can be viewed here.