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Christina McKelvie MSP presides over £3,000 Youth Philanthropy Initiative prize


Pupils at Larkhall Academy competed for a charity as a £3,000 funding donation was awarded to the Trust Jack foundation.

As part of the Youth Philanthropy Initiative Scotland programme, S3 pupils of the academy selected a charity to compete for the £3,000 prize fund. The YPI programme, which is designed to encourage active citizenship and a greater awareness of the local community, involved the pupils researching, collaborating and presenting why their charity deserved the funding.

The Trust Jack Foundation took home the grand prize after a winning presentation from Larkhall pupils Mhairi MacLeod, Robyn Edwards, Abby Kane, Katie Lachlan and Holly Wilson. The Trust Jack Foundation was established in memory of the late former Larkhall Academy Pupil, Jack Hastie, who suffered from adolescent depression. The foundation aims to support young people living with mental health illnesses through a range of activities, youth groups and clubs.

The judging panel for the prize fund included local MSP Christina McKelvie, who commented:

“It was overwhelmingly inspiring to see the young philanthropists of Larkhall Academy seize ownership of their projects and present why their charities deserved the funding.

“Make no mistake, presenting to your peer group is not an easy task but the pupils rose to the task exceptionally. Their passion and commitment to their charities was clear to see and they should be rightly proud of their work.

“I have worked with the Trust Jack Foundation throughout the years and I know how important this money will be for the foundation in continuing their vital work for young people.

Jonathan Christie, Manager of the YPI programme added:

“YPI is one of The Wood Foundation’s most exciting programmes, so often a young person’s first experience of philanthropy, providing them with a unique opportunity to explore the big social issues on their door step and advocate passionately on behalf the charities they visit. 

“We are very proud of the YPI programme, and the partnership we enjoy with Larkhall Academy in South Lanarkshire. 

“Congratulations to the winning team, but I must also recognise the very significant commitment that the school undertakes to deliver the programme and empower their students.”