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Stay connected with your charity

Just because you've finished your YPI project doesn't mean the experience has to end. There's so many ways to stay involved with your charity. Share your presentation with them. Ask to speak to their board members about what you learned and the awareness you raised. Suggest some ways you could continue to volunteer with the organization. And those are just some ideas -- reach out to your charity and ask them how you can continue to help them do their vital work!      

Did you take YPI at your secondary school? We invite you to join the YPI Alumni network!

Stay connected with us and with other young (and young-at-heart!) philanthropists around the world. Share your inspiring ideas, projects and stories and we’ll provide you with the platform for your voice to reach local communities at home and across Canada, England, Scotland, USA and Northern Ireland! Get exclusive updates with top tips, featured interviews, and resources to build on the knowledge and skills you learned when you did your YPI project.

Where will you take philanthropy? Where will philanthropy take you? We want to help you find out.

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Are you a YPI Alumni with a story to tell?  We'd love to hear from you!  E-mail us directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. "> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will contact you with details on how you can get involved.

YPI Alumni Stories

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Meet Shafi:

Shafi is a YPI Canada student who found ways to continue volunteering after YPI.  Watch his video and find out why he is passionate about local social issues!

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 Meet Reece:

Reece, a YPI Scotland student from Portlethen Academy, Aberdeenshire, decided to continue volunteering with his chosen charity, Befriend a Child during the summer holidays.  Here's a quote from the charity:

"Since [completing YPI], Reece has become a staunch supporter of Befriend a Child and an ambassador for the work, participating in promoting the organisation.  During the school summer holidays 2012, Reece spent 4 days with the organisation over a 4 week period, where he shadowed each department in turn. Reece was very keen to learn and his enthusiasm knew no bounds.”

Reece is a great example of a YPI student who is making a difference in a way that not only benefits the charity, but also gives him new opportunities.  As a YPI student, you could do the same!


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 Meet Hannah:

She's the first to take part in YPI Alumni Stories, where we interview YPI Alumni who are inspiring, leading, and growing compassionate communities.  Watch her video to find out how she's becoming a passionate advocate and supporter of local charities since completing YPI in 2010 at Ulpanat Orot High School for Girls.  She's also started a smart social intiative, Volunteens, which you can read about on her blog.  (She's also been featured in Good News Toronto)  Way to go, Hannah!


Are you a YPI Alumni with a story to tell?  We'd love to hear from you!  E-mail us directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will contact you with details on how you can get involved.

YPI Local Reporters

Assignment #2

Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School- Hamilton

By: Fahima and Cassie

They say home is where the heart is, but what about those who do not have a home? Homelessness, particularly youth homelessness, is consistently an issue of concern for the young YPI students of Sir John A. Macdonald. Homelessness in Hamilton is a predicament that is visible to all but it is as if we as citizens have become so accustomed to the sight, we do not realize how much the problem has grown. Students find that houses create stability and are safe foundations that allow people to reach their full potential. These students may be correct referring to Maslow's hierarchy of needs where it says that one of the first basic needs is a shelter and that if need is not met a person cannot excel to the next step and so on.

When students were first assigned this project, many were inspired and determined to win in order to make a difference within the community. Students were grateful to receive the opportunity to be able to help those in need and to be able to give back. After visiting their charities, one student said that dropping by the organization allowed him to put things into perspective and have a better understanding of what he is working towards. Despite some visits that did not go as planned, the overall effect of visiting each charity only motivated and further inspired them to win for their chosen charity.

The discovery of the many different charities that are in our own backyard surprised these students. It made them realize that they were oblivious to the numerous issues that constantly surround them. One student went on to say "as kids we are blind to the things that happen in our society, but as philanthropists we can see so much more". To discover new things about the community that one lives in is astounding, but to learn something new about oneself at the same time is truly amazing. Whether or not these students win or lose they have enough drive and passion that even when the project is complete, they will continue to create a change that one day we will all see.


Elmwood School-Ottawa

By: Mckenzie and Amanda

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With the completion of the first round of YPI selections, we took some time to catch up with one of the participants to hear their thoughts about the endeavor. Upkeerut recently participated in the Youth Philanthropy Initiative. She and her partner, Ras-Jeevan studied the topic of sheltering for victims of domestic abuse. She had this to say about her work.

 1.Which local social issue is important to you and why is it important?

“Domestic violence is a social issue that I hold close to my heart because it is a large problem. Solving this problem involves promoting equality, courage and justice."

2.What did you think about the project when you first started? Did anything change after you visited their charity?

“At first, I was very excited to get started, but I became a bit overwhelmed during the process. I worked through this with my partner. When we met with the education co-ordinator of our organization [for security purposes, the shelter asked to not be named], I felt the experience was helpful and informative, because we were able to learn more about domestic violence. We saw the big picture more clearly and stereotypes that we used to conjure when thinking of women and children escaping abusive situations fell away. In addition, she [education coordinator] expressed the growing need for shelter beds, though she dreams of a day when women’s shelters do not need to exist.”

3.What new things have you discovered about yourself or your community so far?

“I have discovered just how passionate I am about social issues, especially those that are pressing and in my local community. Also, it is important to have a thorough understanding of an issue before making judgments. The need to improve facilities that help women and children trying to start afresh after leaving abusive pasts is great and this change will only be realized through people who are passionate taking action to make a difference.”

It was clear to see the impact that YPI has, not only on charities, but also on students. We would like to say a huge congratulation to Upkeerut and Ras-Jeeven for all the hard work they have put in.  This can be seen with their outstanding YPI results. Congratulations Upkeerut and Ras-Jeeven!

Assignment #1

Reporting from Ottawa!

-"Neither of us knew about the growing need for services of those battling addiction and their families in Ottawa"

We reached out to several schools who decided they wanted to have local, reporters talking about the social issues that YPI students were investigating, and about how their school was doing in the YPI program.  Here's a report from Amanda and Mckenzie:

As YPI students, Amanda and I had the privilege of learning many things about our local community and its needs. Neither of us knew about the growing need services for those battling addiction and their families in Ottawa, and by doing YPI, we were able to make a positive impact by winning the grant for the charity we picked for our project, Serenity Renewal for Families.  We also learned about a wide range of other causes in our community through our peers who were also participating in this project. The research involved in successfully completing this project opened the minds of Amanda and I, as well as the minds of our peers, and made us less self-centred individuals.
 
We would like to be able to tell others about the amazing time we had while doing the YPI project. We hope to inspire others to strive to choose a grass-roots charity that addresses a social issue they are passionate about and to make a good project in order to make a difference in the lives of those who rely on the charity.
 
Our school recognizes that it is important for us students to be involved in the community. Elmwood’s civics teacher, Ms. Grass, stated that “Learning that one can contribute to their community at an early age is very important. Too often we teach our children to be focused on just school and developing themselves for their future careers however being a citizen of tomorrow requires understanding that everyone has role to play in upholding the ideals of our society. Learning this as early as possible is critical as it promotes the understanding of citizenry in youth and that they too can have a role in shaping and helping our society.”

The full edition of the YPI Reporter Newsletter is out! View reports from students across Canada!


 Would you like to be a YPI reporter?

We're taking applications for YPI reporters who want to investigate local social issues and write articles on student experiences in the YPI program!  Let us know if you're interested by e-mailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Do you know someone who has taken YPI? Invite them to join the YPI Alumni Network!

Stay connected with us and with other young (and young-at-heart!) philanthropists around the world. Share your inspiring ideas, projects and stories and we’ll provide you with the platform for your voice to reach local communities at home and across Canada, England, Scotland, USA and Northern Ireland! Get exclusive updates with top tips, featured interviews, and resources to build on the knowledge and skills you learned when you did your YPI project.
 
Where will you take philanthropy? Where will philanthropy take you? We want to help you find out.  Share this link with your friends and help them join the hundreds of YPI Alumni that are changing their communities for the better. 


Participate in Volunteens!

A volunteer program designed entirely by YOU! Choose a local charity, come up with an idea for a fun event to raise money and awareness for your charity, and then receive a loan of up to $200 to put that idea into action! This initiative was started by one of our YPI Alumni, Hannah.  Print off an application form, send an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or check out the Volunteens blog!