Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI)
Young people and charities tackling social issues in our coastal communities are benefitting from CalMac's partnership that aims to build new life skills with support from CalMac employees.
The Wood Foundation's Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) is an active citizenship programme that empowers young people to make a difference in their local communities while developing new skills.
Pupils from participating schools form teams to research social issues in their area and the charities working to address them. They then make a case for their chosen charity as to why they should receive a £3000 grant to help with their work.
CalMac's Director of Human Resources, Christine Roberts said: 'We are constantly looking for ways that we can become even more involved in the communities we support and the twin aims of YPI in developing the skills of young people and supporting local charities addressing real social issues was a great fit for us.'
As part of its support CalMac staff will have an opportunity to mentor young people throughout the project's delivery.
'From a personal development point of view YPI gives our staff the opportunity to share their skills and get involved with a project that will ultimately benefit their own community,' said Christine
Ultimately supporting YPI gives us a chance to make positive impacts by empowering young people to make a real difference where they live.'
Picture shows: Last year's winning YPI team from St Columba's High School, Gourock with CalMac's Director of HR, Christine Roberts and the Wood Foundation's Deputy Director, Jonathan Christie at the partnership launch.
CalMac Ferries are partners to 11 west coast secondary schools including the Nicolson Institute, Stornoway; Sir E Scott, Tarbert; Sgoil Lionacleit, Benbecula; Castlebay Community School, Barra; Ullapool High; Mallaig High; Oban High; Campbeltown Grammar; St Columba's and Clydeview Academy, both Gourock and Inverclyde Academy.