As part of Sumburgh Airport’s partnership agreement with Developing the Young Workforce at Sandwick Junior High School, Susan Myles, Airport Services Manager, was recently involved in their Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI).
Susan was part of the judging panel for the school’s participation in the Initiative, an active citizenship programme that raises awareness amongst young people about philanthropy and their local community.
Each year every participating school is responsible for directing a £3000 YPI grant to a local charity through a unique programme of teamwork, research and competition. YPI is all about creativity and passion, leaving the four walls of the classroom behind, and supporting the issues young people care most about.
At the event there were 8 groups of 4 pupils (all in S2), with each group giving a 10 minute presentation on their charity and what the £3000 would be used for should they be the winning team. Chosen charities included Mind Your Head, Disability Shetland, Relationships Scotland, Mark Hutchison Asthma Foundation, the Samaritans, Dogs against Drugs, Space2 Focus and COPE (a local charity for adults with learning disabilities).
Susan said, “The resounding winners were the group who chose to present on the work of the Samaritans and who gave an emotional presentation that touched most people in the room. It was an absolute privilege to be part of something so worthwhile.”
This Developing the Young Workforce partnership between Sumburgh Airport and the high school has been in place for ten months and Sandwick was the first school in Shetland to sign up for a partnership of this kind. Co-ordinated by Susan and a member of staff from the school, the partnership has several strands with the airport providing first aid training at the school, and pupils and airport staff working together to develop an “autism-friendly visual guide” for the airport.