The S3 Year Group at Lathallan School, Johnshaven, played host to the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI).
The Wood Foundation in Aberdeen is inspired by the YPI set up in Canada as a one of a kind experience that engages young people in social change and empowers them to participate in the growing of compassionate communities.
Five different teams of pupils, ranging from three to six members each, represented charities that supported victims of sexual abuse, ‘Hear Me’, ARCHIE Foundation, Angus Independent Advocacy, ‘NEEDS’ and Johnshaven First responders and they all presented their argument to win the £3000 being offered for the winning charity.
Pupils had to reflect on their own values, get together with people who share their values, identify charities they could help, contact and meet with the charities and get involved.
Emotionally-charged presentations by the S3 pupils were considered by the judging panel of Karen Clark, from Elevator, Fiona Gammie from Dunbar Farms, Headmaster Richard Toley, Lauren Corbett, head of Junior Pastoral Care, Mia Middleton (S6) and Ross Milne (S3) and Beth Dandie, head girl.
n The winning third year group was Samantha Valsquez Dalgity, Darlene Ugbe, Joanna Hall and Catriona Rennie (pictured left to right). Accepting the cheque for £3000 from ‘Hear Me’ is Dawn Crighton who is pictured on the far left.