Youth and Philanthropy Initiative at Holy Rood

posted 23 Apr 2010, 12:57 by South Edinburgh Net Admin
Over the course of eight weeks every fifth year pupil in Holy Rood High School became a philanthropist as they took part in the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI). 

The mission of this course is to promote a sense of responsibility, respect and a commitment to building compassionate communities. It provides pupils with an opportunity to learn about philanthropy as well as a genuine experience to directly assist a charity in their community. 

In small teams pupils were given the task of analysing the social needs of the local community and identifying what they considered to be the most pressing issue. After completing their research they chose a local, grass roots charity that they wanted to represent. Pupils went out into the community to find out about the work of the charities, to see where they were based and to meet with those involved with the charity. 

The teams were then in competition with each other to secure a grant, provided by The Wood Family Trust, for their chosen charity. In front of their RME class they had to give a presentation on the work of their charity and a member of the Senior Leadership Team had the difficult task of selecting one team to go through to the final. 

The six teams of finalists had only one more step to go. They each had to convince the panel of judges made up of Lorraine Legrix, our Head Teacher, pupil and parent council representatives that their charity was most deserving of the grant. It was not an easy decision to make. 

The YPI winners for Holy Rood High School proudly presented a cheque for £3000 to the representatives from East Lothian Young Carers a charity which provides support and opportunities for carers aged between 5 and 24. A fifth year from the winning team said, “I was ecstatic at winning. It took a lot of hard work but it was worth it to be able to help people our own age who help other people all of the time.”