Bringing Learning to Life

Our commitment

Through YPI students are given a hands-on experience of philanthropy that provides them with the skills and awareness to make positive differences in their communities. It is a fully resourced programme which is supported through several direct interventions with our dedicated team.

We are committed to ensuring educators are supported to realise the full potential of the programme in terms of learning and teaching, aligning to key educational priorities and opportunities for development.

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YPI forms an important, tangible part of a school's ethos and culture. The programme develops essential skills for learning, life and work, whilst celebrating powerful work and achievement. The Wood Foundation's suite of supporting resources includes:

Launch resource

Our launch resource can be delivered digitally to pupils, supported by this guidance and PowerPoint.

Leading YPI in your school

Provides step-by-step guidance for your school's YPI Lead focused on planning and delivering the programme, realising its alignment to a number of key educational drivers.

Strategic guide

Supports schools to fully realise the potential of the programme by clearly identifying where it aligns with the priorities that the Scottish curriculum is built upon including HGIOS4, skills agenda and DYW, as well as the four core capacities and contexts.

Delivery resource

Guides all teachers through the delivery of an impactful, structured YPI programme. It contains clear learning intentions, success criteria, links to skills and example content plans, as well as guidance on differentiation.

Student workbook

An editable word document which provides an adaptive framework from which schools can develop their own YPI delivery materials ensuring they are fit for each individual context.

Judging pack

To be used during the YPI Showcase to support the judging process. It contains introductory information for judges and the YPI presentation judging sheet.

Voluntary sector guide

Produced in partnership with SCVO, this guide provides thought-provoking statistics and information which will support enhanced understanding of the third sector and part two of the YPI process.

Think creatively!

Our Creativity Zone shares a number of examples of best practice in terms of the creative products which can be developed by young people, with helpful hints and tips.

Student certificate & press release template

We also have a student certificate which some choose to share with students upon completion and a template press release that can be used as the basis of sharing your school’s success with local press.

School generated resources

The YPI process

Please note, the YPI process has been adapted to address the constraints presented by Covid-19.

Read our adaptation paper for more information on YPI in the 2020/21 academic year.

Led by your YPI Regional Facilitator, this is a core feature of the support structure, providing an opportunity for the YPI Lead, Senior Leadership link and other delivery colleagues to critically reflect upon programme delivery and subsequent planning.


Programme Development Session

Consider the role and potential of YPI within your context. How can you involve your wider school community? How can last year's students inspire this year's cohort? How can students prepare? What curricular links can be made? How will the launch be platformed? How does YPI fit within a wider pipeline of activity?



We have created a launch resource with guidance for teachers to deliver in-person or digitally to students for the 2020/21 academic year. This is when pupils will be introduced to the YPI process, and explore the key concepts of philanthropy and social issues.



Your students will follow the process detailed in this graphic. For further information relating to curricular links and delivery steps see our delivery resource. and student workbook.


Delivery of YPI

The YPI Showcase is an important date in the school calendar, a chance to bring the school community together to celebrate #generationchange. The Showcase can be adapted to suit local context and circumstance in the 2020/21 academic year. The judging pack will support your judging panel. The Wood Foundation team will coordinate the issuing of the grant, following completion of the grant request form.


YPI Showcase

Coming to the end of YPI doesn’t mean the end of students’ learning or their ability to continue creating positive change within their communities. How can you support their continued growth? How can students consolidate their learning? How does YPI embed within a wider skills pipeline?



School Partnership Funding

From the fourth year of programme delivery, schools take responsibility for a minority portion of the YPI Grant. Recognising the constraints in the 2020/21 academic year, this contribution has been reduced to £250. School Partnership Funding provides an enhanced level of programme ownership within schools and cements YPI as a core feature of community engagement. For more guidance click here.

Professional Learning

YPI has been endorsed by Education Scotland as a programme offering high-quality professional learning and leadership opportunities. The The Wood Foundation is a GTCS registered provider of professional learning and is committed to promoting critical enquiry and innovation, acknowledging that informed and confident practitioners are essential for enabling young people to succeed in learning, life and work.


Through the facilitated support structure, we work in partnership with practitioners to empower them to consider how their teaching practice and pedagogy ensures the most impactful programme delivery for their students, thus providing a rich and varied development opportunity.


We organise practice sharing webinars and events, alongside regional and national opportunities to support practitioner-led collaboration and development. These provide a forum for practitioners to evaluate the impact of their YPI programme within their school.

See our latest events below or visit our latest page for details of all our events.


We have a closed Facebook Group as a platform to share best practice and ideas. See which other schools in your region are delivering YPI through our interactive map – we would be happy to facilitate introductions between schools.

“The proactive support from YPI helps us continually reflect and enrich our provision. The meetings are supportive, and we are coached by our YPI representative to seek continuous improvement in all aspects of our YPI planning, facilitation and celebration.”

Paul Gallanagh, Dunoon Grammar School

Our participating schools

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

“For many pupils, it is a humbling experience and supports them to develop skills required for learning, life and work. It provides them with new experiences out with the context of a classroom and is invaluable in allowing them to interact with people from a range of backgrounds and ages who have faced a whole host of challenges in their lives.

It is important in Stewarton Academy as working with our local community is central to everything that we do. It links to our school values of fairness and responsibility in that we strive to find opportunities for pupils, staff, parents and the wider community to work together to make a positive contribution to society and build a better future for all.”

Gillian Dunsmuir, Stewarton Academy

“Leading YPI has opened my eyes to its potential within our school, as well as to my potential as a learner.

YPI is a vehicle for change and we want to realise its full value for our school community.”

Ryan Lynch, Alloa Academy

Our funding partners

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

>> Find out more | Partnership zone
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