More than 900 young people have shared their experiences of YPI this academic year through student surveys.
The findings from 37 schools who have already completed their programme of delivery paints a picture of the social issues young people are passionate about, the skills they are developing through YPI, and their ambitions to be active citizens.
The number of young people securing funds for food poverty charities has significantly increased.
Mental health continues to be the top social issue represented by young people, followed by charities supporting those with a range of health conditions, and those focussing on those facing abuse.
Three-quarters understand how charities support and work in their community and more than 70% have a better understanding of social issues.
“We got a tour of the hospital and section that the charity specifically worked in which was really good as we got to see what they really did and how they supported people rather than imagining it in our head.”
“It shined a light on the real issue that elderly people face that is often looked over.”
Skills and learning
The top skills young people have identified developing through YPI are teamwork, research, presentation, and decision making.
Two thirds of respondents enjoyed working with their teams, with almost half stating they enjoyed creating a presentation together.
“The competition and excitement of doing something good in a fun and challenging way.”
“Working effectively in a team and creating a piece of work by involving lots of people’s ideas and creativity.”
“I liked having the trust and freedom of getting to go out and visit my charity myself with my group.”
Ongoing active citizenship
150 young people said they would consider volunteering, with 75 considering a career in the third sector following their YPI experiences.
Almost 200 respondents intended to stay in touch with their charities.
“I learned that us as teenagers have opportunities and the ability to help out in our communities and make a positive impact on other people’s lives.”