The largest gathering of pupils from across Scotland has returned after a three-year hiatus, addressing issues such as mental health, bereavement, and food poverty.
More than 700 young people involved in The Wood Foundation’s Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) celebrated their achievements in raising awareness and funds for local charities at the Perth Concert Hall.
They were joined by delegates from the education, third, and public sectors for an afternoon of inspirational talks, performances, and music.
Students from 12 schools took to the stage to represent the issues they secured YPI grants for and shared what they have achieved through the programme, as well as challenging their peers to consider how they will continue their own philanthropy.
Sir Ian Wood KT GBE, Chairman of The Wood Foundation, said:
“It has undoubtedly been a very challenging two years, especially for young people. It was heartening to see how well they have continued to thrive and fully embrace the opportunities of YPI. The event really highlighted why YPI is so important.
“Philanthropy is about caring, using time and skills to make a difference. This was clear to see at the National Event and gives us a great degree of hope for the future.”
The theme of this year’s event was #whyYPI, exploring how the programme has empowered students, schools, communities, and partners.
The keynote speakers were entrepreneurs Jordan Butler of Heavy Sound and Sameeha Rehman of Ubuntu. Entertainment was provided by local pop star Ben Walker.
YPI, an active citizenship programme, was introduced to Scotland in 2008 by The Wood Foundation. Since then, £6m has been awarded to grassroots, social service charities championed by young people. In the region of 270,000 young people have been empowered and the programme is currently active in 250 Scottish secondary schools.