SEP supports Youth Philanthropy across Glasgow

Scottish Equity Partners (SEP) has joined forces with The Wood Foundation to support the development of the Youth & Philanthropy Initiative (YPI Scotland) across Glasgow. Through YPI, young people from across a whole school year group, work in small teams to actively research and understand the big social issues that affect their local community. In each school the programme culminates with a grand final where the best teams compete against one another to secure a £3000 Grant for their chosen local charity.

During the 2017/18 academic year 18 Glasgow secondary schools will participate in YPI providing a welcome windfall of £54,000 for local charities. As part of the initiative representatives from SEP have actively engaged in programme delivery.

Hutcheson’s Grammar School hosted their 2018 YPI Final on 6 February, which saw the recently rebranded Glasgow’s Golden Generation (GGG) – a charity with a seventy year history in Glasgow focused on alleviating loneliness and isolation for senior citizens across the city – pick up the £3000 award.

Joining the judging panel on the day, was Andrew Buchan, General Counsel, Scottish Equity Partners. Talking about SEP’s involvement in the YPI programme, Andrew said: “YPI gives teenagers the chance to learn about philanthropy and support local charities whilst also developing valuable life skills. As a YPI Scotland community partner we are delighted to encourage young people across Glasgow to become responsible citizens and to engage with social issues in their local communities, creating long lasting relationships with the charities they support. SEP is delighted to be involved with this initiative. Clearly, a significant amount of work goes in to these presentations and each would have been worthy winnners.”

Commenting on SEP’s involvement, Sir Ian Wood, Chairman of The Wood Foundation said: “The Wood Foundation is delighted to be collaborating with Scottish Equity Partners in support of the sustained growth and development of YPI Scotland across Glasgow. Over the last 10 years we have established a number of strong partnerships with likeminded funding partners who support programme growth and sustainability, and we look forward to working closely alongside the team at SEP.”