Enrol a School
Since 2002, we have worked with hundreds of schools, and hundreds of thousands of educators and students to bring the impact of YPI to communities across Canada.
Our program model is flexible enough to work with a variety of schools – public, independent, urban, suburban, rural, big, small – and we understand that every school has its own unique culture and context. Our resources are adaptable to meet a variety of curricular expectations in courses like Civics, Careers, Social Studies, Humanities, and Religion, and our friendly program team is here to support our teachers to navigate and implement YPI in a way that meets the needs of your students.
As you explore the resources on this page, we hope that you will consider applying to participate in YPI. The proven impact of this program for students, schools, and communities is made possible through deep relationships with educators. Join us in building compassionate communities.
By challenging youth to research and advocate for local charities for a chance to win a $5,000 grant, YPI engages students within their community to develop skills in teamwork, communication & critical thinking. What do people in a student’s local community really need?
YPI empowers them to find out for themselves.
When we enrol a new school, we do so in the spirit of partnership guided by shared goals and a shared commitment to your students and your community.
Our partnerships with many of our schools span 10+ years, and we commit to long-term, sustainable programming whenever we enrol a new school. Returning schools are always guaranteed a space in the program every year, as long as we have funding secured to support the grant and program support.
The YPI team provides resources and support to all educators implementing the program, maintains regular contact with educators throughout the year, and makes visits virtually and in-person when possible to as many schools as possible every year to offer student workshops, meet with teams of educators, and support YPI event.
Over 18,000 students per year build life-long skills and interest in civic engagement.
All new schools and teachers approved and enrolled in the YPI Program will receive full program resources, and ongoing staff support to run the program during the school year.
Please review the listed requirements below before you enroll to ensure that your school can meet these obligations:
- YPI will be taught in all classes of one mandatory course across one chosen grade/year level –we recommend either Grades 9 or 10
- 100% of all students across the grade level must participate. This is a requirement in order to ensure inclusivity for all students.
- Your school’s YPI Lead Teacher will be the main point of contact for YPI communications and will provide updates on your school’s YPI project upon request throughout the year.
- YPI will be delivered over the course of at least four weeks (in each class), using/adapting the lessons in the provided YPI curriculum guide
- Charity site visits or interviews are strongly encouraged. Your school will permit/support students to make off-campus site visits to their chosen charities.
- Charities are to be identified and selected by students, and must meet the YPI eligibility requirements: registered Canadian charity providing social services directly to people in your local community.
- A Final Presentations Assembly will be arranged in each school to permit finalist teams from each class to give their presentation to an audience and a panel of judges. We recommend a minimum of one entire grade level for the audience.
- The Final judging panel must be composed of a majority of students to ensure peer-to-peer review and equitable judging .
What to Prepare
You will need the support of a school administrator who will be able to authorize your school’s participation in YPI. At the bottom of this page, you’ll find a downloadable guide you can share with your administrative team and department colleagues.
Along with some basic information about your school (address, contact information, etc.) the YPI application form will ask a series of short answer questions about where our program would fit within your school’s culture and community. We encourage you to take some time to consider and discuss these questions within your department, or with your administrators/school leadership before you get started on the application form.
- What school-wide goals/priorities/values align with YPI?
- What are some student outcomes you would hope to see as a result of participating in YPI?
- What other experiential learning/community engagement programs/initiatives are offered at your school?
- What does student/youth voice mean to you as an educator? How does your school engage youth in decision-making?
- In what ways does your school currently interact with charities and other community organizations?
- In your opinion, what social issues are currently most pressing in your school’s surrounding community?
Frequently Asked Questions
We’re always happy to hear from schools who want to bring YPI to their students. We are currently accepting applications from middle schools and high schools (YPI is typically offered through a grade 9 and 10 curricular course).
YPI programming and resources are provided free of charge to all participating schools. Independent schools are asked to participate in YPI’s grant-matching program, in which the school commits to providing half of the $5,000 grant that is ultimately directed to a local social service charity in the school’s community, as selected by participating students.
YPI is an inclusive educational experience, helping students learn that everyone can make a difference in their communities. In mandatory courses, every student has access to YPI’s experiential learning model, school culture is influenced across student cohorts, and the impact of your students’ social engagement grows for your community as a whole.
The recipient of a $5,000 grant YPI grant is decided at each participating school’s YPI Final by a panel of judges (made up of a majority of youth). YPI Finals are held after an initial round of classroom-level presentations.
YPI Canada sends grant cheques directly to the winning charities in the summer following the school year.
There are a variety of resources available to support you once your school is enrolled in YPI, including our robust Teacher Resource Guide with suggested activities, assignments and student resources; phone and email support for all teachers throughout the year; and interactive student workshops (virtual and in-person options) facilitated by the YPI Canada team.
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Receive a downloadable guide about YPI, and occasional updates with more resources & materials to help understand the program.
Download the guide
This print-friendly guide outlines the YPI program and application process for new schools.
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