Youth and Philanthropy Initiative

Two male students smile and look at the camera

What I learned at school today….

It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to say “Wow, I really learned something cool in school today.”
Over the last couple of weeks I went to visit and interview students and teachers from different schools in Toronto. I consider myself very lucky to be doing a job that I really believe in and to be a part of an organization that has a lot of impact.

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.