Youth and Philanthropy Initiative

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TD representatives holding a cheque for YPI
Press
YPI Canada Team

TD Bank Group Provides $500,000 in Funding to Engage Canadian Youth in Building Connected Communities through The Ready Commitment

Toronto, ON (JUNE 11, 2018) – TD Bank Group has announced a major donation of $500,000 to the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative Canada in 2018/2019, as part of its new global corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment.

TD’s The Ready Commitment will target CDN $1 billion (US $775 million) in total by 2030 towards community giving in four areas critical to building an inclusive tomorrow – Financial Security, a more Vibrant Planet, Connected Communities and Better Health.

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YPI Stories
YPI Canada Team

Niagara YPI team starts school campaign to confront domestic violence

“You hear that even a little thing can make a change, but I never thought that I’d be the one making that change.”
These are the words of Alexa, a grade 10 student at Eden High School who is part of a student team currently participating in YPI. The “little thing” she’s referring to is a school-wide campaign and fundraiser. I caught up with Alexa and her friends to hear the whole story.

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Education
YPI Canada Team

Building a Culture of Rights

Racism; poverty; gender-based violence; access to quality education: At the heart of each of these pressing social issues are real people’s human rights that are being infringed upon.

Through the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI), secondary school students across Canada are researching these and other social issues facing their local communities; and advocating for charities that stand up for people’s human rights.

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Members of the TD Bank Group present YPI staff and board with a cheque for $500,000
Press
YPI Canada Team

TD Bank Group Doubles its Funding for YPI Canada

Toronto, ON (JUNE 19, 2017) – The waitlist for a spot in a multi-award-winning project for Canadian secondary schools will be shorter next year, thanks to a major donation of $500,000 from TD Bank Group. TD’s announcement doubles their longstanding support of the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative Canada, and secures enrollment for 20,000 students across the country in 2017/18.

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Julie Toskan holding framed copy of honourary PhD
Awards & Achievements
YPI Canada Team

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.

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YPI our 10th year!
Awards & Achievements
YPI Canada Team

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.

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A group of students holding giant cheques on a front lawn
Other
YPI Canada Team

YPI: A Year in Review

2013!  It’s been a year to remember.  Here are some of the highlights from this year:

1. Our launch of YPI Northern Ireland
2012-2013 was the first year that we ran the YPI program in Northern Ireland.  We opened the program in 5 schools, and we’re on track to grant 10 grants in 2013-2014!

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Two dozen students in colourful shirts on stage performing a musical number
Awards & Achievements
YPI Canada Team

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.

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YPI Stories
YPI Canada Team

Dear YPI Student: Thank you

Thank you. This year, you spoke up, rose up, lent an ear, lent a hand, and shared a victory.

During the YPI Final Presentations, you showed the adult world a glimpse of what you’re capable of. And we say “THANK YOU” – for sharing your values, for asking good questions, for showing your conviction, and for compelling us to continue to care even more.

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Other
YPI Canada Team

A blog post by a YPI Judge

We had an amazing story submitted to us by a YPI team member.  One YPI judge was absolutely blown away by the experience of a YPI Final Presentation:

“In my work I suffer Death by PowerPoint too often to be able to suffer bad presentations even for the best of causes. But today’s presentations were up there with the best I’ve seen.”

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