Youth and Philanthropy Initiative 2011

Sixth year pupils at Bishopbriggs Academy have taken part in a new initiative - The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) - to raise funds for charity.  The pupils are the first in East Dunbartonshire to take part in the scheme. This is an international programme, launched in Canada and it aims to develop community leaders.  YPI aims to provide secondary pupils with a reality experience through a strong academic philanthropy course which gives them skills to assess community needs and make grants to grassroots and community based charities meeting these needs.  It promotes a sense of responsibility, respect and a commitment to building compassionate communities.

Salt and Light Ministry receive their cheque form the winning teamPupils researched and visited a local charity of their choice before participating in a showcase final to compete for a £3000 prize for their chosen charity.  The event was attended by Provost Eric Gotts, councillors, the heads of YPI and the Bank of Scotland - which put forward the cash with the Wood Family Trust.  Presentations were made on behalf of Cue and Review, Deafblind Scotland, FIMEDS (Friends of Instrumental Music in East Dunbartonshire Schools), Salt and Light Ministry, Women's Aid and Krkintilloch Addiction Recovery Centre.

The standard of presentation was extremely high and the judges had a difficult decision to make.  The winning charity was Salt and Light Ministry which helps homeless people, addicts and prostitutes in the Glasgow area.  Congratulations to pupils Andrew Ashworth, Jamie Milne and Matthew Young who formed the winning team.  The other charities have not lost out either, as pupils are now volunteering, raising awareness and fund raising for them.