Kilchuimen Academy’s YPI (Youth Philanthropy Initiative) Event

At the beginning of February, DYW West Highland’s Employer Engagement and Policy Advisor, Ashley Woodhouse was delighted to be part of the judging panel at Kilchuimen Academy’s YPI (Youth Philanthropy Initiative) event. The aim of the YPI programme is to encourage high school students to drive change and promote citizenship in their local communities through trying to convince a panel of judges why a £3000 YPI grant should go to the charity of their choosing.

A Worthwhile Cause

In front of a large school audience, four teams of students, representing local charities such as Leonard Cheshires; Barnardos Works; Boleskine Community Care and New Start Highland, provided an entertaining and interactive set of presentations that not only highlighted the fantastic work done by these charities, but showcased their own research, team working and leadership skills. After much judge deliberation, representatives of Boleskine Community Care project were delighted to receive the £3000 cheque from their winning student team.

Great Achievements

Following their outstanding success, Kilchuimen Academy are now keen to see local employers further support such programmes which in turn, help to develop the employment skills and personal development of the pupils. A massive congratulations goes to Boleskine Community Care and also to the students for their efforts in highlighting the fantastic work of so many charities. We were delighted to be part of  their day and look forward to attending next year!

For more information regarding how to get involved with DYW West Highland, contact the team on: / 01397 705 765 / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram or call in and see us in the office at 15 High Street, Fort William, PH33 6DH