The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) is an active citizenship programme which empowers #generationchange to make a difference in their local communities while developing a host of skills. Each participating school, each year is responsible for directing a £3000 YPI grant to a local charity through a unique programme of teamwork, research and competition.

YPI will be delivered in 280 Scottish secondary schools in 2019/20. More than 170,000 young people have taken part since it was introduced to Scotland by The Wood Foundation in 2008. In the region of £4m has been channelled to grassroots, social services charities championed by young people.


  • To engage a full year group of participating students (S2-S6) through a curricular-based programme.

  • To develop the next generation of responsible citizens and effective contributors.

  • To develop the skills and confidence of young people through a real-life, hands-on experience of philanthropy.

  • To raise awareness of social service issues and the work of local charities, and channel funds to them effectively.