Enrol My School
Welcome to our “Enrol My School” page! We’re so glad you’re here. 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 $5000 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 enroll 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 enroll 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.
Please see our updated and flexible 2020/21 Program Guidelines, adapted for COVID-19.
Teachers receive introductory training, full program resources, and ongoing staff support to run YPI, but before we enroll a new school, please schedule a short information call with our team, to talk through our program requirements, and how YPI can help bring your curriculum to life for your classroom and your community.
- YPI will be taught in all classes of one mandatory course across one chosen grade/year level: 9 or 10.
- 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 are a requirement of YPI. 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 charity providing social services directly to people in your local community.
- A Final Presentations Assembly will be arranged to permit finalist teams from each class to give their presentation to an audience and a panel of judges. Minimum recommendation for audience: one entire grade level. Judging panel must have a majority of students.
*In a school’s first year, a minimum of 50% of the grade/year level should participate; in every year moving forward, all students in the grade/year level should participate. This is in order to be inclusive to all students.
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 $5000 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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Speak with a member of the YPI Program Team, and get your questions answered.
Ready to apply? Complete the online application form today.
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Upcoming Info Sessions
We will be scheduling virtual information sessions starting in 2021 – check back for updates!