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SHIP and Splash are our YPI winners 2017

The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) is an active citizenship programme that raises awareness amongst young people about philanthropy and their local community.

Participating schools are 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. Originating in Canada, YPI is now an international programme and, in 2016/17, is being delivered in 210 secondary schools across Scotland. St John’s Academy is proud to have delivered the programme to S3 pupils for the past 5 years.

Throughout the session S3 pupils from St John’s RC Academy have worked in small teams to research social problems in their local community. The teams then identified, visited and researched grassroots social service charities they believe are best placed to tackle the issue they are passionate about and make positive contributions to their local area.

The pupils were guided on how to analyse the charity’s management and strategy and each team produced a presentation outlining their research which they delivered during a series of semi-finals. During the semi-final process they had to exercise their skills in advocacy and public speaking to make a case as to why their proposed charity should be awarded £3,000 (some of which was raised by pupils, while most came as a grant from the Wood Foundation).

The standard of work produced and presentations delivered by the pupils was very high; during the semi-final stage 5 teams were selected to go through to the final which was held on 30 January 2017 in St John’s RC Academy.


  • Homestart:  Declan Quinn, Hayden Murray, Michael Hay and Brodie Smith
  • Young Carers:  Sarah Dickie, Jessica Mahoney and Lauren Robertson
  • Mind Space:  Lauren Docherty, Holly Ward, Mairi Lang, Rebekah Rose and Erin Wilkinson
  • Ship and Splash:  Kayleigh Ptak, Niamh McCall, Caitlin Murray and Alayah McLaughlin
  • RASAC:  Jasmine Richardson, Molly Trainer, Katherine McKenzie, Kayleigh MacDonald and Freya Todd

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 Mr Ken Brown, Deputy Project Manager, of the Perth Transport Futures Project, Phase 1, Balfour Beatty; Katie Henderson, House Captain, St Margaret’s; Seán Hagney, Headteacher, and they were supported by Maggie Clarke, YPI co-ordinator. 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 Kayleigh Ptak, Niamh McCall, Caitlin Murray and Alayah McLaughlin advocated on behalf of Ship and Splash were the winners.

Whilst presenting the cheque to the winning group Mr Hagney said, “This year’s YPI finalists demonstrated a real engagement with local charities who help so many people in our local communities.  The charities themselves have helped our young people understand who they help and why this help is necessary, and a number of our pupils will be continuing to volunteer with them in the future. I congratulate Caitlin, Alayah, Kayleigh and Niamh on their success.  We are delighted that the YPI process allows our pupils a real-world context to develop essential skills for life, learning and work, and we thank the Wood Foundation for their ongoing support”.