Testimonials


"Thank you for providing such a brilliant project
that is at the forefront of education.
I have been teaching for 30 years
and I have 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, YPI Teacher from BC

“This project was not about the mark I want to get – it was about the mark I want to have on society.”
– Student

“I LOVE this programme, it puts learning to real-life use and encourages many students to become more involved in their community.”
– Teacher

"When we went there [to Newmarket Food Pantry], we felt very good about being part of something that's helping people. The feeling from helping people is contagious."
– Student

"Last year the project was a big boost and inspiration for the students, as many have returned from the summer with stories about how they have continued with their volunteering, as well as brought forth ideas for further active citizenship! The program is just amazing, so I wanted to thank you for the all opportunities you provide."
- Teacher

“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.”
-Charity Executive Director

“Through the YPI process, students are connected to local charities and build a real understanding of their needs. A powerful outcome I am seeing is in the students’ sustained commitment to meaningful volunteering. Before YPI, students will often do volunteer work randomly, and even ‘to get it out of the way’. After YPI, students have learned how to make informed decisions about how to spend their time. This project starts with a curricular focus, and then becomes about the students’ own choices and personal commitment to social issues, and to their communities.”
-Principal

“This program is a journey for the students AND the parents.
We learn just as much as they do.”
– Parent of presenter

“The goal, ultimately, was to get the students involved and volunteering. To my surprise and delight they continue to volunteer and some are members of a youth advisory committee. You can’t teach that kind of lesson.”
– Teacher

“I can’t believe we won, they’re going to be so happy.”
– Student

“We thoroughly enjoyed working with the high school students at the Youth Centre. Their questions were refreshing and they had a keen interest in learning about the complexities of homelessness. Our clients are reminded that people, foundations, organizations and communities really do want to support them in finding solutions to their homelessness.”
- Charity Employee

“The key element, I discovered, was the charity interview. Students begrudgingly made arrangements with the charity for a discussion. When they returned they were literally bursting with enthusiasm and they were shocked at how kind and professional the representatives were with them and they were in awe of how many services/programs these volunteers offered our local families. It was eye-opening.”
- Teacher

“The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative has been an extremely rewarding experience for both the students and myself. It was wonderful to see the students so engaged in their projects, and excited to learn about the needs of their community. The YPI program has shown students that change is necessary, and instilled in them an eagerness to help others. I look forward to completing the project again next year!”
– Teacher

“YPI is amazing, it really helped me grow as a person and develop empathy for others.”
– Student

“My perspective on homelessness has changed because of this project, I learned that… anyone can end up in need.”
– Student

“It’s so incredible what these students do. It just makes you happy.”
- Charity representative

“At first, this was a simple project I did not care about, now I have developed many skills, increased my confidence and have become passionate for change in our community.”
– Student

“Going to visit the charity was the most impactful part of YPI for me.”
– Student

“The best part is creating awareness, and we can continue to share what we’ve now learned with others.”
– Principal

"$5000 is not going to take away homelessness; but it's a growing problem that can be helped. The decisions you make today can influence the consequences of tomorrow."
- Student

"This program has really helped open the students’ eyes"
- Teacher

"Kids really buy into this program."
- Teacher

“This is a valuable program because it offers a real-life experience that is interactive and useful.”
- Teacher

“Thanks to YPI I improved my personal skills and I feel sensitized to my community at the same time.”
- Student

“I did YPI two years ago when I was in grade 10, it really gave me an appreciation for what kind of issues are affecting people in Gananoque.”
– Grade 12 student judge

“One of the best things I’ve done in my life. I feel so good!”
– Finalist student

"It was a great experience meeting this charity [York Region Abuse Program]. It was great to talk to one of the therapists and get to know the charity. What really hit me was the waiting list of 200 children. I feel I will try my best to help to do something for this charity."
- Student

“I had never heard of most of these charities! The awareness this project creates is amazing!”
– Parent

"YPI is AWESOME! I can't wait to do this again next year."
– Teacher

“YPI taught me so much about being compassionate and healthy for my community – Thanks so much!”
– Finalist student

"YPI is absolutely one of the best programmes our school takes part in! We are keen to sign up again for next year."
- Teacher

“The assistance of $5,000 will go a long way towards restoring the comfort and dignity of our Native Canadian residence, and those less fortunate in the community. I would like also to say that your sense of social responsibility and desire to engage youth in these matters is truly admirable. We hope that this relationship between all will continue to flourish, as we all strive towards better conditions for our fellow citizens. Chi Meegwetch (Ojibwe: Thank you and praise)”
- Charity Executive Director

“This program is so touching. I can’t wait to have my kids be a part of it.”
– Adult judge on panel

“Foncer, croire en soi - c'est pour une bonne cause!"
– Teacher

“I speak for a living, and it’s great to see our students speak so strong about passionate issues.”
–Tarzan Dan, Kool 101.5, guest judge

"Thank you for helping us to understand how our actions impact society!"
- Student

"We stand here as changed people."
- Student team

"I had no idea how much charities really do!"
- Student

“Yeah, I am DEFINITELY staying involved with my charity!”
- Student

"This is our seventh year participating in YPI and our school has granted $25,000 for our very small community, we are glad to be a part of YPI!"
- Teacher

“I’ve gained more pride in my community knowing that there are so many people willing to help others.”
- Student

“I’m not going to call this a project – it wasn’t a project. It was a journey”
– Student