There are an estimated 7,500 registered charities in Northern Ireland, with more and more charities learning about YPI NI every day. Hopefully these Top Five tips will support a positive experience:
All social service charities registered in Northern Ireland through CCNI are eligible. There are no limits to how many teams you work with or how many YPI Grants you receive.
That First Contact
YPI NI is a youth led programme, whereby student teams choose the charities they care most about. Through initial contact you may find that some groups are better prepared than others, your patience is vital.
Students can learn a great deal about charities online and through literature, however meaningful contact with your charity through meetings and visits will bring the programme to life.
Student teams will want to understand your organisation’s history, focus, and service provision, however central to their research is understanding the genuine impact the £3000 YPI Grant could have upon your service.
Although tempting to equip students with materials, it is important student teams are original and package together their own presentations. Take a look at the Teacher Resource Guideto see what they will be judged on.
“Philanthropy is all about making a positive difference in the world by devoting your resources and your time to causes you believe in. In my case, I like to support causes where “a lot of good comes from a little bit of good,” or, in other words, where the positive social returns vastly exceed the amount of time and money invested.”