For a local grassroots charity, YPI provides an unprecedented opportunity for your organisation to be advocated for on behalf of informed and engaged students from the same community in which you operate. The students who have contacted you are participating in an exciting programme as part of their school curriculum, for which they have identified your charity as carrying out important work that benefits people living in your shared community. These students are hoping to visit your charity, learn more about you, and then advocate for the work you do in hopes of securing your organisation a £3000 YPI grant!
YPI is powerful for students because it connects them to real issues affecting their communities, and the charity visit is a key part of this. It opens students’ eyes and minds to the needs of vulnerable people living around them and the vital work being done to help. The YPI charity visit has the potential to unlock a powerful connection, one that will often fuel students’ passion and determination to make the most of their YPI experience and work even harder to advocate on behalf of your organisation.
Students will develop a presentation to be delivered in their classroom advocating on behalf of your charity. The top presentations from each class will go on to participate in a YPI final at their school, where one group will secure a £3000 grant for their chosen charity (that could be you!). Outside of their YPI experience, students may choose to stay involved with your charity, whether as volunteers, youth advisors, fundraisers, or in other capacities. We love charities to stay involved and attend the school finals to see all the great work that the students are doing.
If their chosen charity is selected as the recipient of a YPI grant, students will most often notify the charity by phone immediately following their school’s YPI final, or shortly thereafter. We always prefer YPI students to be the bearers of this good news, but if they are unable, your charity will be notified by a YPI representative. If you are at the final, there will be opportunity to get some photographs with the winning group and the large cheque!
Your passion and dedication is contagious. The more you passionately you share what you do and how you do it, the greater the impact it will have on the YPI students who visit and advocate on your behalf. Whether you secure a grant or not, YPI offers an unprecedented opportunity to influence young people in developing empathy and discovering the needs of their community, and how they can get involved.