The Government’s Social Action Fund has awarded £303,800 to The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) to raise awareness of philanthropy among young people in England. The project currently works with 10,000 young people, developing skills through hands-on experience of philanthropy and providing them with ‘real life’ experiences of charitable giving.
The project involves working with school pupils who, as a team, select a local charity that best addresses their chosen issue. They interview staff and beneficiaries before preparing a presentation for a judging panel with the best team winning a £3,000 donation for their charity.
The new funding from the Social Action Fund will enable the London-based project to expand to the Midlands and North West, enabling a total of 18,000 pupils to participate.
Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society, said: “The money we have awarded through the Social Action Fund means this hugely successful initiative can extend its reach beyond London enabling more young people to support local good causes. It will broaden young people’s horizons, empower them to address community issues and gives them real opportunities to develop their teamwork and presentation skills. Head teachers across the country should embrace this programme.”
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