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Youth and Philanthropy Initiative 2018

Originating in Canada, YPI is now an international programme and is delivered in secondary schools across Scotland. The programme is principally funded and managed in Scotland by The Wood Foundation and St John’s RC Academy has been delivering the programme to S3 pupils for a number of years.

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 team work, research and competition. YPI Scotland is all about creativity and passion, leaving the four walls of the classroom behind, and supporting the issues young people care most about. This session, as in past sessions, our S3 pupils have met with a number of volunteers, staff members and charity representatives to research and gather information about their chosen charities. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the charity personnel that worked with our pupils for the time and commitment they have shown to them and our school community.

Once the information was gathered the pupils then presented their findings in a series of class and whole-school semi-finals, the standard of preparation for and presentation at these events was incredibly high and culminated in the following 5 groups being selected to present at our grand final on Friday 19 January 2018:

The finalist teams made their presentations in front of their S2 and S3 peers, charity representatives, Perth and Kinross Council representatives, parents and carers. The judging panel was made up of Seán P Hagney, Headteacher; Eleanor Paul, Quality Improvement Officer (Secondary); Donna Ploetner, Chair of Parent Council; Louise Ford, Head Girl and Albert Krakowski, Head Boy. They were supported by Peter McAvoy, YPI Regional Facilitator, The Wood Foundation (and formerly Head of Secondary Schools and Inclusion in Perth and Kinross). They had the difficult job of judging the pupil presentations – which was not an easy task in light of the outstanding work they produced.

After much deliberation, James Quinn, Lewis Finnie, Lewis McGregor and Lucy Fraser who advocated on behalf of  Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance were the winners, with judges praising their imaginative presentation and positive relationship with the charity which was clearly evident.