The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) is an active citizenship programme that raises awareness amongst young people about philanthropy and their local community. 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 is all about creativity and passion, leaving the four walls of the classroom behind, and supporting the issues young people care most about.

Originating in Canada, YPI is now an international programme and, in 2018/19, is being delivered in 256 secondary schools across Scotland. To date, YPI Scotland has engaged more than 140,000 students, providing them with the essential skills and confidence to grant over £3.2 million to hundreds of local charities. The programme is principally funded and managed in Scotland by The Wood Foundation.


  • 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.

“Because of YPI my eyes have been opened to the wider world around me. YPI has given me the opportunity to see those less fortunate than myself and the amazing charities that give so much, but gain so little, to make the lives of others the best they can be.”

YPI Student, Oldmachar Academy, Aberdeen