Resources for Charities

“We can’t say enough about how amazing YPI is in helping to foster our future leaders in understanding the importance of giving back.” – Common Ground Co-operative

YPI is a simple premise with extraordinary results. With every grant awarded through our school-based competition, YPI channels financial resources, public awareness, and volunteers to local social service charities. 

Since 2002, YPI and our partners have granted millions to charities on behalf of these passionate young people. Together they have challenged stigma, changed behaviours, and introduced millions of Canadians to the work of thousands of charities.

Thank you for making room in your busy schedule to participate in YPI. It makes a world of difference.

What's behind every YPI grant?

We are honoured to contribute financially to the vital charities chosen by youth across Canada. We are proud that, by the time a YPI grant is awarded to a local charity, an immense amount of social impact has already happened. We want to recognize this, and especially thank the students, teachers, and ‪‎charity‬ professionals who are growing compassionate communities.

Are you a charity that has participated in YPI?
Check out our Participating Charities and get your organization represented on the page!

The process

What is YPI and why are students choosing our charity to contact?

For a local grassroots charity, YPI provides an opportunity to engage young people from within the same community in which you operate so they can become informed advocates for the work that you do. The students who have contacted you are participating in a project-based “co-opetition” as part of their school curriculum, and they have identified your charity as carrying out important work that benefits people living in your shared community. These students are hoping to visit your charity, learn more about you, and then advocate for the work you do in hopes of securing your organization a $5000 YPI grant!

Why does YPI want students to visit our charity?

YPI is powerful for students because it connects them to real issues affecting their communities, and the charity visit is a key part of this. It can deeply personalize the social issues for students, opening students’ eyes and minds to the needs of vulnerable people living around them and the vital work being done to help. These visits have the potential to forge a powerful connection that will often drive students to be strong advocates and to explore their own roles and responsibilities in bringing about positive social change.   

What sort of information will students be asking?

In their presentations, students are expected to describe how a social issue impacts their local community, and how your organization helps community members experiencing those challenges. They will want to learn more about the programs and services you offer, some of the outcomes you create for your clients, the long term impacts of your work on the social issue, and what resources it takes to make all this happen. They’re also asked to describe what attitudes, behaviours or actions the audience could change that could help your organization or the people you serve.

Share as much information as you can, but don’t be afraid to redirect students’ efforts when appropriate—they should already have learned what they can about your organization online, and you can direct them to these sections of your website when you confirm their appointment time. Interviews and visits are intended to be a forum for deeper questions about your approach and the challenges you face.  

How can we best prepare for a student team visit to make it worthwhile?

Many participating charities take students for a short tour of their location, and then sit down to allow them to interview. If you have programming that they could see first-hand, or opportunities for them to participate as volunteers, this hands-on element can be extremely effective. Where this is not possible, try to engage students with real stories of how people have been helped by the work that you do. Create opportunities for them to speak with other staff about their work. Volunteers can be great spokespeople, too; what about your organization inspires them to give their time? Talk to them about upcoming events, new initiatives or specific challenges your organization is working on that you would particularly like the community to be aware of. 

There can be a lot of information to absorb! Print materials you can send them home with, like annual reports, brochures and program calendars, will be great reference when they are creating their presentations.

It’s important to communicate any boundaries that may exist with your organization. For example, if your building is scent-free, or if taking photos, video or audio recordings would be disruptive to confidentiality, let them know ahead of time (if available, direct them to media they would be permitted to use). 

What happens after the students visit us?

Students will develop a presentation to be delivered in their classroom advocating on behalf of your charity. The top presentations from within the participating grade will go on to a YPI final at their school, where one group will secure a $5000 grant for their chosen charity. If their chosen charity is selected as the recipient of a YPI grant, students will most often notify the charity by phone immediately following their school’s YPI final, or shortly thereafter. We always prefer YPI students to be the bearers of this good news, but if they are unable, your charity will be notified by a YPI representative.

Outside of their YPI experience, students may choose to stay involved with your charity, whether as volunteers, youth advisors, fundraisers, or in other capacities.

How can our charity get the most out of working with YPI students?

Think about your organizational goals. How might YPI students help you achieve them?

Does the social issue you address need more community awareness? Does your organization need more volunteers? Are there material supplies your organization needs that students could help collect? Be clear about what you need—and why—and it will come through in your students’ final presentations, through which they will teach an average of 50 people about what they learned.

Some specific ideas:

  • Young people often have a lot of social media experience; if appropriate, they may be able to help build your organization’s online profile, or offer creative ways for engaging your audience more effectively.
  • We’ve seen some great videos produced by YPI students, showcasing the work their chosen charities do. See if your student group would be willing to create a video for your charity to share online.
  • In many cases, students continue to volunteer with their chosen charities after YPI. Ask your group if they’d be interested, especially if you have any upcoming events where they could be helpful. 

 

What if I have more questions, or an issue comes up while working with students?

We are here to support you in having a valuable and positive experience with YPI. We’re happy to guide new organizations through their first visits, hear feedback from you, and work on challenges as they come up.

Give us a call at 1-888-489-1044 or send us an e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



 Here are the key stages of participating in YPI:

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Every YPI team tells an average of 50 people about their chosen charity and the social issue it addresses.

 

Join us online!

Follow YPI on Twitter and Facebook, where you can easily connect with the YPI team, students, and other charities from communities across Canada and around the world.

We also encourage you to document your time with YPI students to share on social media. Whether it’s through photos, stories, or quotes from the students, sharing your YPI experience with our audience can help raise awareness for your cause.

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We acknowledge that YPI Canada’s office is on the territory of the Mississaugas of New Credit, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishnaabe and the Huron-Wendat. The traditional territory named Tkaronto has been a site of human activity for over 15,000 years and, today, is still home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work on their territory and commit ourselves to the work of reconciliation.