Youth and Philanthropy Initiative

On Thursday 13th June a group of students from Bloomfield Collegiate School had the opportunity to be powerful agents of change in their community, awarding £3,000 to a local charity. The ground-breaking programme, running for the first time in Northern Ireland this year, aims to create the next generation of passionate and committed philanthropists by providing real life experiences of charitable giving.

Working in teams to identify the social needs of their local community, pupils selected a local charity that best addresses their chosen issue. They interviewed staff and beneficiaries before preparing a presentation for a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style judging panel.

Congratulations to the winning team, consisting of Amy Shiels, Emily McIlhatton, Sarah Eccles, Naomi Nixon and Danielle Jones. They championed Tiny Life, Northern Ireland’s premature and vulnerable baby charity, dedicated to reducing premature birth, illness, disability and death in babies born here.

The team received a cheque for £3000 from Charlotte Hodkinson, Northern Ireland Schools Coordinator for Youth and Philanthropy Initiative and won a trip to London.