Four 2nd year pupils from Portlethen Academy are championing Integrate in the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) for a chance to win £3,000 towards the work of the charity.
We met with the pupils today (who chose Integrate themselves as the charity they wanted to support and who all had an interest in social action and a passion to see people who have difficult life issues included in their communities) to tell them about what we do and answer their questions about the charity.
One of our volunteers, David Morrison, accompanied us on the visit to share his experiences from both sides of the fence.
They pupils will now create and deliver a presentation about the charity and they shared some very interesting (but top secret!) plans for a short video which will highlight the needs we're trying to meet. If their presentation and video is chosen as the winner - Integrate Scotland will receive £3,000 towards it's work with ex-offenders. Our thanks go to the pupils of Team Integrate and the staff at Portlethen Academy who looked after us today.
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.
YPI is being delivered in 190 secondary schools across Scotland. The programme is principally funded and managed in Scotland by The Wood Foundation. Its aims are to
engage a full year group of participating students (S2-S6) through a curricular based programme.
develop the next generation of responsible citizens and effective contributors.
develop the skills and confidence of young people through a real life, hands on experience of philanthropy.
raise awareness of social service issues and the work of local charities, and channel funds to them effectively.