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Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI)

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

What is YPI?

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 1 February 2019:

  • RNLI: Kacper Block, Keiron McKay, Adrian Pucia and Krystian Sot
  • Mindspace: Oliwia Rzeszutek, Brodie Shepherd, Maria Piaszczynska
  • CEDAR: Shannon Elder, Oliwia Deja and Abbey Swan
  • SANDS: Tegan Murdoch and Hannah Fernandez
  • Mindspace: Christie Anderson, Bree Dorrian and Kaitlyn Styles

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 Eleanor Paul, Quality Improvement Officer (Secondary), Dr Robert Staines, Depute Headteacher, Canon Steven, St John the Baptist’s, Perth, Andy New, Aviva Scrum Master and Roisin Murphy, Head Girl. They were supported by Susan Beattie, YPI Regional Facilitator – Edinburgh, Perth & Kinross and Dundee. 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, it was decided that the overall event winners were Shannon Elder, Oliwia Deja and Abbey Swan who represented CEDAR. Congratulations to them and to all the participants.