Through YPI, students work in small teams to discuss and agree upon a social issue they feel passionate about, following which they are tasked with researching the local charities centred on this issue.
Students will only learn so much from publicly accessible information, literature and web material, therefore all students are encouraged to establish a personal connection with their chosen charity. The aim being to support a deeper understanding of their chosen charity’s history, scope of work and impact.
A key outcome of this research process is each team having a clear understanding of potential grant usage. The judging panel will be expecting a sound business case for the impact of the grant.
Be prepared for differing levels of experience and confidence from the young people – for some this might be their first experience of communicating independently with a stranger. Listen to what they have to say and ask questions, but also don’t be afraid to advise a more appropriate time to call or suggest that they spend some additional time preparing before they make contact again.
Without doubt the most impactful part of YPI is when students meet with their chosen charity – this brings the subject matter to life. Each team will approach their charity visit in a different way, with some arriving with pre-prepared questions, a plan to capture imagery or video or simply to observe. Teams may arrange to meet their chosen charity in school.
Students will be expected to provide more in their presentation than highlighting your existing materials. They will need to decide how they will add creativity to their presentation from the opportunities you offer them.
The YPI Grant would of course make a difference to any charity, however we want our students to gain a better understanding of how charities operate, how they are funded, and the costs associated. When it comes to their final presentations, we want our students to detail how the YPI Grant will be directed and what impact this investment would have locally. Be specific, as opposed to broad.
All YPI charities must be OSCR registered and social service focused. There is no budgetary limit as to who is eligible for a YPI Grant, however we would recommend that students choosing a particularly large charity focus on their local remit and specific local services. There is no limit in terms of the number of schools and teams that you engage with. Likewise, there is no limit with regards the number of YPI Grants you can receive. Within any given area, students will identify the local charities supporting a local issue, therefore it is not uncommon for a number of teams from the same school to choose the same charity. All contact is student-led, therefore charities cannot pre-arrange to be chosen as a charity represented by the school.
YPI teams will most often access information about the local third sector community through OSCR and TSIs. Please visit the Finding Your Charities
section of the website to learn more about how schools approach charity research.