Young philantropists


Inverurie Academy S3 pupils have been working on a Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) as part of their Curriculum for Excellence.

The programme culminates on Wednesday, February 1, when the finalists vie for the chance to win £3,000 for their chosen local charity.

YPI aims to develop responsible citizens and effective contributors and to raise awareness of the work of local charities. The programme also develops the skills and confidence of the young people taking part.

Run as part of the Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies, all S3 students have researched social issues, visiting charities and finally preparing a presentation which will show why their particular charity should be the deserving recipient of the £3,000.

The winning teams, who will give their presentations at Wednesday’s final, represent Grampian Opportunities, CLAN, WRVS, Inspire, Inverurie and District Stroke Club and Guide Dogs for the Blind. In addition to their presentation, students have also prepared display material to show on the night, highlighting the work of their chosen charities.

YPI is an active citizenship programme developed in Canada and is now an international programme. Adopted by 55 schools in Scotland.

The process begins in assembly when pupils are told about the programme by YPI staff. Pupils form teams, discuss issues and identify the social needs within their community. Taking it a step further, teams each analyse a number of charities before making an informed choice about the one they wish to champion.

After visiting their charity and conducting interviews with staff and beneficiaries, the teams of pupils begin to prepare a presentation which is subsequently given to a panel of judges who will decide which group to elect for the £3,000 grant for charity of their choice.

The Wood Family Trust is the principal funder and operational manager of YPI in Scotland, forming part of their ‘Developing Young People in Scotland’ portfolio. The Wood Family Trust (WFT) was established in 2007 by Sir Ian Wood and his immediate family, aiming to develop and support individuals to become independent, contributing and caring members of society who understand good citizenship and have developed a tolerance for others.

YPI is open to schools within Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen and some other areas of Scotland, but is widening its base each year. All secondary pupils from S2 to S6 can take part in the programme which recruits schools on an ongoing basis.

Since the programme began, over 10,000 young people have participated in YPI in Scotland, generating over £400,000 to local charities.

To find out more, call Jonathan Christie at the Wood Family Trust on (01224) 532541 or email: Information is also available at