Students win YPI £3000 for VSS

Congratulations to Keir, Taylor, Calum and Alyssa
Congratulations to Keir, Taylor, Calum and Alyssa

A team of S2 pupils from Portlethen Academy won £3,000 for Victim Support Scotland in Aberdeenshire last week as part of the Youth Philanthropy Initiative.

The Youth Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) is an active citizenship programme that raises awareness amongst young people about philanthropy and their local community.

Each participating school is responsible for directing a £3000 YPI Grant each year to a local charity through a programme of teamwork, research and competition.

Member of staff, Alison Stewart, met with the team to talk about the work we do and kept in touch as they developed their project.

The funds will be used for personal alarms, house safety alarms, etc. in Aberdeen and the surrounding area.

Alison attended the groups presentation and commented that each of the presentations were of a high standard.

She said: “They really did our charity proud. I was so proud of the fantastic team that represented Victim Support Scotland comprising of Keir McKechnie, Taylor Lumsden, Calum Graham & Alyssa Hay.

“They competed in the final against another five very worthwhile local charities. The six presentations were all very good.

“Our team did an excellent presentation of the work done by Victim Support Scotland and acted out a real scenario for the audience.

“The team did all this without any notes and it was so obvious that they put so much time and work into this project.”

Mrs Copner from Portlethen Academy was positive about the experience and commended the pupils for their hard work on the project.

He added: “YPI is a valuable opportunity for our young people to become engaged in social issues and to take their ideas forward and Alyssa, Keir, Calum and Taylor are testament to the hard work and dedication of pupils in S2 who have worked on the project.”

A number of teams around Scotland have chosen Victim Support Scotland as their charity over the last few months, and several are doing well in their schools’ competitions.

This helps raise awareness of Victim Support’s Scotland in communities across Scotland.

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