COVID-19 is having a devastating and inequitable impact on communities around the world, and young people are among the hardest hit by closures and disruptions. At YPI Canada we are engaged in ongoing critical reflection on the long-term implications of the pandemic on youth, and what can be done to mitigate these effects.
Across Canada, students are returning to school amid a pandemic and the real possibility of a second wave that could further disrupt the school year. Back-to-school is usually about getting back to normal but there will be little normal for students, parents, educators, and their support networks this year.
March 6, 2020 – Calgary, AB – Months of work by Grade 9 students at MidSun School culminated on Friday morning with a $5,000 donation to Charity Name. This donation marked a major milestone for a national youth-directed grant-giving program.
It’s time for me to say goodbye to YPI, the next chapter of my career will be with the Federal Government. I’ve learned a lot personally and professionally after eight months with YPI. I keep fond memories of the team. Let me tell you what happens when an academic goes from researching social responsibility to working for the leading foundation in youth-led philanthropy?
On October 29th, 2019, two HWDSB students from Hamilton helped raise and award a $10,000 donation to the Newcomer Youth Centre, a program at the YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford.
I was thrilled to discover that there was a digital tech-focused conference targeted at charity professionals, right here in Toronto. The sponsored event brought together subject-area experts from the corporate and social benefit sectors to support forward-thinking charities make better use of technology to accomplish their mission.
This past Saturday, People for Education held their annual conference, with the theme “Public Education in a Changing World.” The conference featured sessions on e-learning, Indigenous education, and mental health in schools among other timely topics. I was pleased to attend at York University in Toronto, and to contribute YPI’s perspective to a panel presentation, “Beyond Tokenism” on the topic of youth engagement in curriculum and education policy. The conference drew diverse education stakeholders including teachers, school and board administrators, students, researchers, elected officials, parents, and representatives from community-based organizations. Here are some of my highlights and reflections from the day.