Since it launched in 2007, Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) has inspired 40,000 young people across the UK to secure and distribute a total of £1 million to charity.
The schools programme aims to create "the next generation of passionate and committed philanthropists" by providing ‘real life’ experiences of charitable giving.
It does so be enabling school pupils to working in teams to identify the social needs of their local community, and to select a local charity that best addresses their chosen issue. They then interview staff and beneficiaries before preparing a presentation for a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style judging panel. The best team winning a £3,000 donation for their charity.
Youth and Philanthropy Initiative's Director, Alex Reynolds, said: "This is a fantastic achievement and a great boost for small, local charities up and down the country. Our aim is to inspire teenagers to engage positively with their local community and I’m pleased we’ve been able to make such a huge difference in just five years."