The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) Scotland National Event welcomed more than 1000 participants of the programme who have secured hundreds of thousands of pounds for charitable causes in their local areas this year.
Emeli Sandé performed a special acoustic set and shared insight into her own philanthropic activities at the Perth Concert Hall.
The Aberdeenshire-raised multi-Brit Award winning artist said: “It is an honour to be invited to attend and perform at the YPI 10th anniversary event and to share the room with so many inspiring young people making a difference in their communities.
“I’m looking forward to hearing about the journey of YPI and the great platform it provides to empower young people and equip them with the skills, attitude and outlook needed to thrive and contribute in the 21st century.”
Comedian, motivational speaker and Britain’s Got Talent sensation Anna Devitt also took to the stage, alongside Chelsea Cameron whose positive open letter to her drug-addicted parents went viral. Singer-songwriter Callum Beattie also performed at the event and more than 30 young people shared unique and impactful YPI presentations to the audience of peers, education professionals, third sector representatives and commercial partners.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the YPI programme in Scotland, during which time the programme has grown from a pilot in 10 North-east schools to being active in more than 230 across each of Scotland’s 32 local authorities. It has engaged and empowered 140,000 young people making it one of the biggest and most successful independent initiatives being delivered in Scottish education.
YPI Scotland is the flagship programme of The Wood Foundation. Chairman Sir Ian Wood said: “We are honoured that Emeli Sandé will join us as we mark the accomplishments of a decade of YPI here in Scotland. Her musical and humanitarian achievements are sure to inspire the young people to continue on the philanthropic journey they started with YPI.
“From a pilot of 10 schools in 2008 to more than 230 secondary schools now participating across each of Scotland’s 32 local authorities, we are immensely proud of the way YPI has been embraced by young people and educators and empowered them to make a difference.
“As an active citizenship programme, YPI often acts a catalyst for young people as they shape who they want to be and what they want from life. It has also had an incredible impact in terms of support for grassroots charities and youth engagement with these important causes.
“What has been accomplished by these empowered young people within their communities this year, and over the past 10 years, is truly heartening and our national event is a fantastic way to celebrate their collective success.”
YPI Scotland is an active citizenship programme which raises awareness among young people about philanthropy and the needs of their local communities. Each year every participating school is responsible for directing a £3000 YPI grant to a local charity through a unique programme of teamwork, research and competition. Over the course of the past 10 years, £3.2m has been secured for charities in Scotland.
The event took place on Wednesday 20th June.