The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) is a programme which all S3 pupils take part in during their RME time. Over the past four months pupils have been researching local charities in our area and then, in small teams, campaigning on their behalf for a £3000 grant provided by the Wood Family Trust and SSE.
We hosted our fourth YPI final at an S2 assembly on Friday 27 November. There were five teams representing five charities: Family Mediation Highland, Lochaber Food Bank, Highland Disability Sport, Lochaber Action on Disability and Birchwood Highland. Each team gave a fantastic presentation and they were all spurred on by our MC, Grant MacCallum who kept us entertained throughout the afternoon.
Our judges took 25 minutes to decide which charity should be the recipient of the £3000 grant, eventually deciding that the most passionate case was put forward by the team representing Highland Disability Sport: Lily Paterson, Miriam Wood, Fergus Fraser and Ayla Barr-Moir.
All of the teams worked incredibly hard and many thanks to our judges: Carly Smith, 4L (one of last year’s winners); Kerry Shearer, LHS; Iain Innes, SSE and Geoff Heathcote, Rotary Club of Lochaber for having to make such a difficult decision!
Calum MacSween, YPI Regional Lead for Highlands & Islands said, “I really enjoyed the final on Friday. Young Grant was an excellent MC, the chamber group added another dimension and all the teams deserved their place in the final. In the end it came down to which group had the most convincing case for ensuring the £3000 would make a difference locally. The final two - Lochaber Food Bank and Highland Disability Sport - were very difficult to separate but the HDS group shaded it. All five groups should be proud of themselves - they represented their chosen charities very well indeed.”
YPI will begin again in June 2016 when the current S2 move on to their S3 timetable.