Youth and Philanthropy Initiative

Awards & Achievements

News about awards and achievements that the YPI program have earned.

Julie Toskan holding framed copy of honourary PhD

Julie Toskan-Casale Recognized with Honorary Doctorate in Civil Law from Saint Mary’s University

On Friday May 15th, Saint Mary’s University recognized YPI’s founder, Julie Toskan-Casale, with an honorary doctorate in Civil Law.

Saint Mary’s, located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, confers an honorary degree upon an individual who has an established record of distinguished achievement and remarkable service complemented by personal moral integrity, and who has achieved extraordinary and lasting distinction in his or her field.

YPI our 10th year!

Impactful youth philanthropy non-profit marks over $10 million in grants to local charities as it returns for 12th year in Canadian schools

The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) – an innovative approach to charitable giving, community-building and youth engagement – will return to Canadian schools for a 12th consecutive year, having granted over $10 million to local grassroots charities since first launching in 2002.

“We’re so proud of the students who take part in YPI and have made this achievement possible,” says YPI president and co-founder Julie Toskan-Casale, quick to give credit to the grade nine and 10 students who secure $5000 grants for charitable organizations with a community focus.

Two dozen students in colourful shirts on stage performing a musical number

Grow Out Forum 2013!

Our first-ever YPI Grow Out Forum was a big success!

Welcoming close to 1000 students and teachers from across Ontario to Toronto’s Sony Centre, our morning kicked off with a welcome from MC Kelly Lovell, followed by an empowering address from man-of-many-talents, Warren Coughlin.

We heard from Jonah and Emily – two awesome YPI Alumni who each created some really special videos as part of their YPI experience.

Julie Toskan amongst other winners of the Premier's Award

Premier’s Award for Philanthropy in Education

At a very special award ceremony  held Wednesday,  May 4, 2011, Julie Toskan Casale was awarded the first ever Premier’s Award for Philanthropy in Education by the Hon. Leona Dombrowsky, Minister of Education, Province of Ontario.

This award, a new category within the Premier’s Awards for Teaching Excellence, is in recognition  of Julie’s philanthropic  passion  and dedication  in the founding and development of the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI)

Institute for Canadian Citizenship Publicly Lauds the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative for Excellence in Civic Education

During a luncheon and panel discussion hosted by the Institute for Canadian Citizenship and CoChaired by Madame Adrienne Clarkson and John Ralston Saul, the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative was awarded a Best Practice Award in Civic Education.

Innovated and launched in Toronto in 2002 and now in 185 high schools across Canada, 112 in the United Kingdom and 7 in New York City, the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative has positively impacted the lives of 120,000 grade nine and ten students…and counting.