Last week, Saints in the Community had the pleasure of being represented at the Morrison’s Academy YPI Finals 2023.

The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) is the biggest independent initiative being delivered in Scottish education with 280 schools taking part. Each school is responsible for directing a grant of £3000 to a local charity championed by its students through a unique programme of teamwork, research, and competition. YPI is managed and principally funded by The Wood Foundation.

The Morrison’s Academy YPI event involved 3rd year students, providing the year group with the opportunity to select a charity from across Perth & Kinross to research, visit and present on. It was particularly exciting for Saints in the Community to learn that Alexander, Jackson, Scott and Thomas had chosen The St. Johnstone Community Trust as their charity. The boys did an exceptional job in researching and presenting throughout the YPI process, meeting with the Trust’s CEO for a visit to McDiarmid Park, before securing a spot in the Morrison’s Academy YPI Finals!

The Trust’s Business Development Manager, Rebekah Penman, and Marketing & Fundraising Assistant, Josh Brown, attended the Finals event which provided an opportunity to set up a stall, showcasing the work the charity does to attending parents and judges before the presentations started. During the boy’s presentation, the group showcased the extent of the various projects carried out by Saints in the Community, bringing a particular emphasis to Football Memories and Autism FC projects. They kept the judging panel and audience engaged with a challenging Kahoot quiz, making the overall presentation memorable for all!

Competing against five other groups for the coveted £3,000 prize for their chosen charity, Alexander, Jackson, Scott, and Thomas put up a great effort. While they didn't secure the winning prize, we extend a massive thank you to the group for their representation at the event and for their enthusiasm throughout and we would like to express our congratulations to the eventual winners, who passionately presented on their chosen charity, The Lighthouse Perth.

Since it was introduced to Scotland in 2008 by The Wood Foundation, it has engaged more than 310,000 young people who have taken responsibility for £6.8m of charitable giving.

If anyone would like to represent The St. Johnstone Community Trust at their school YPI events, we would be delighted to hear from you and offer our support! You can get in contact with us at