The Holywood Trust has joined forces with The Wood Foundation to support the development of the Youth & Philanthropy Initiative in Dumfries & Galloway.

The Holywood Trust has joined forces with The Wood Foundation to support the introduction of the Youth & Philanthropy Initiative (YPI Scotland) to Dumfries & Galloway secondary schools.  Through YPI, young people from across a whole school year group, work in small teams to actively research and understand the big social issues that affect their local community.  In each school the programme culminates with a grand final where the very best teams compete against one another to secure a £3000 Grant for their chosen local charity.

During the 2017/18 academic year four Dumfries & Galloway secondary schools will participate in YPI providing a welcome windfall of £12,000 for local charities.  As part of the initiative representatives from The Holywood Trust have actively engaged in both programme planning and delivery.  Furthermore, The Holywood Trust is providing the £3000 Grant that will be awarded at each of the Dumfries & Galloway YPI Finals scheduled to take place this year.

Talking about The Holywood Trust’s involvement in the YPI programme, Karen Ward Boyd, Chief Executive, said:

“The Holywood Trust is delighted to work with The Wood Foundation to roll out the YPI Scotland programme across schools in Dumfries and Galloway. We are keen that young people actively take an interest in their local communities and find out what is actually going on around them. YPI offers a useful tool to enable young people to do this and find out more about what is being done to address local issues.“

 

“We are keen that young people actively take an interest in their local communities and find out what is actually going on around them. YPI offers a useful tool to enable young people to do this and find out more about what is being done to address local issues.”

Karen Ward Boyd, Chief Executive at The Holywood Trust

 

Reflecting on the pilot year of YPI at Moffat Academy, Alison Chambers, Deputy Head Teacher commented:

“Being involved in the YPI programme has been a bit like being on a rollercoaster.  The build-up of being one of the first schools in D&G to participate was very exciting, and the young people had undertaken a lot of research into the different types of charities that could be involved.  The programme launch with a combination of nerves and excitement mixed together.  Throughout YPI the young people have had the chance to really explore their own strengths and weaknesses, and develop valuable skills.  Communicating directly with their chosen charities challenged them and they were able to work with the D&G STEM Team to develop their final presentations.  Most importantly, for both teachers and young people involved with YPI, it has been an experience that will remain with us and something that our students will be able to talk about for many years to come.”

Commenting ahead of Moffat Academy’s YPI Final, Sir Ian Wood, Chairman of The Wood Foundation said:

“The Wood Foundation is delighted to be collaborating with The Holywood Trust to launch YPI Scotland across Dumfries & Galloway.  Over the last 10 years we have established a number of strong partnerships with likeminded funding partners who support programme growth and sustainability, and we look forward to working alongside Karen and the team at The Holywood Trust as YPI grows and develops across the region.”

Beyond the grants awarded to local charities via YPI, the programme most significantly impacts upon young people, providing a valuable experience of philanthropy and community action.  Good luck to all students involved in Moffat Academy’s YPI Final this year.”

Over the last decade the YPI programme has grown and developed across Scotland.  During the 2017/18 academic year alone, 230 Scottish secondary schools will participate in YPI.  This constitutes 31,000 participating students with collective responsibility for awarding £690,000 to small, local charities throughout Scotland.