The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) is an inclusive, multi-award-winning secondary school program that strengthens the social purpose sector by engaging youth in social issues, local charities, and grant-making.
Now, more than ever, we see and feel the need for communities built on compassion, empathy, and care for one another.
We connect teenagers to the people and problems that matter in their own communities, in real life, in real time. We challenge them to understand social issues and their root causes, to meet in-person with local charity professionals working everyday to make our communities better places, and to stand up, with and for people who are marginalized, by researching and delivering a 10-minute pitch in support of a $5,000 grant for a local charity.
YPI's extraordinary short and long-term impacts are made possible by connecting a massive network of secondary school students, teachers, charity professionals, and donors across the country.
We have a growing waitlist of schools for places in the program. We are asking donors across the country who believe that social progress depends on an informed, caring, connected public, to join YPI's network - thousands of Canadian students, teachers, and charities who participate every year - and help us drive support for immediate community needs, while creating the conditions for lasting social change.
What People Are Saying
"This project was not about the mark I want to get – it was about the mark I want to have on society.” "
— YPI Canada Student, 15 years old, Read More
"Thank you very much for this initiative that inspires and empowers youth to be a part of the solution of the current community problems; a hands-on opportunity to learn social responsibility; and an opportunity to demonstrate philanthropy. "
— Executive Director, Participating Charity, Read More
"YPI is a brilliant project at the forefront of education. I've been teaching for 30 years and I've never seen a project work so effectively across an entire grade that empowers youth to gain skills for their future and at the same time promotes empathy and caring. It is truly a recipe for success!"
— Marilyn Nunn, Teacher, Heritage Woods Secondary School, BC, Read More
"We wanted to be a part of engaging thousands of young people in civic life. Empowering them as advocates for social issues and the vital work of local charities provides tremendous benefit for communities across Canada. Our foundation is proud to be supporting this initiative."
— Claude Pinard, Executive Director, Fondation Mirella et Lino Saputo, Read More