Youth and Philanthropy Initiative

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CharityVillage Conference & Awards: YPI Top 5 Finalist


YPI is so proud to announce it was chosen as a Top 5 Finalist for the 2022 CharityVillage Conference and Awards for Best Contribution to Youth Engagement (Under 20 Staff).

YPI Canada one of seven organizations to achieve the Standards Program Accreditation

Imagine Canada • MAY 31, 2022

YPI Canada is honoured to join Imagine Canada’s National Standards Program for 2022. We are so excited to have received this accreditation , which demonstrates our commitment to accountability, governance, and transparency as a Canadian charity.

St. Thomas of Villanova Catholic High School: YPI 2022 Charity Grant Winner

Noah’s House • APRIL 7, 2022

Nicholas Jakowiec, Director of public relations and member of Noah’s House, politely took the time to participate in an interview with students at St. Thomas of Villanova Catholic High School. You can also find their Slidedeck below.

Sentennial Secondary School: YPI 2022 Charity Grant Winner

Covenant House Vancouver • APRIL 7, 2022

“We could not do this important work without you! Thank you YPI for your investment in a better future for our young people.”

Allison Briggs, Covenant House Vancouver

Student-led philanthropy driving change in Canadian communities

The Globe and Mail • MARCH 21, 2022

“The students inspire us to continue to grow more compassionate communities,” says YPI’s founder Julie Toskan. “YPI’s twentieth anniversary offers an opportunity to look to the future beyond the pandemic. We are challenging ourselves to not only meet the ambitious goals for 2024 in YPI’s five-year strategic plan but to exceed them given the urgency to support charities and the communities they serve.”

Archived News and Awards

Logo of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship


Canadian Best Practice in Civic Education

The Institute for Canadian Citizenship

Ontario Coat of Arms


Premier’s Award for Philanthropy in Education

Government of Ontario

Ontario Coat of Arms


Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship (OMC)

Government of Ontario

Ontario Coat of Arms


June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award

Government of Ontario

Logo of St. Mary’s University Halifax


Honorary Doctorate in Civil Law

Julie Toskan

Saint Mary's University

Crest of the Governor General of Canada


Meritorious Service Medal (Civilian)

Julie Toskan

Governor General of Canada

National youth grant-giving program marks $10 million milestone at Calgary school

MidSun School • Mar 6, 2020

“I’ve watched the YPI presentations in Calgary and seen youth stand on stage, in front of their peers, very emphatic in stating ‘This is what our community needs.’ As adults, we can learn from that because we’re conditioned to give that up as we grow.”

Three students hold up an oversized cheque for $5000 awarded to Jem Workshop

Hebrew Academy students win JEM Workshop $5,000 grant

The Suburban • April 12, 2019
“YPI gives students an education and experience that they would never find in a textbook,” said Hebrew Academy’s lead YPI teacher, Celia Natanblut, who has been incorporating the initiative as part of her Grade 10 Ethics and Religious Culture (ERC) curriculum for the past six years. Hebrew Academy is the only Jewish school in Montreal that participates in YPI

Brooklin students help Oshawa Cancer Support Centre with $5,000 donation

Global News • July 26, 2018
“I didn’t know about Hearth Place or anything to do with it and literally it’s 10 minutes from our school,” said Reagan Lawrence, Brooklin High School student. A youth and philanthropy initiative program at school is what led Lawrence, Mcnutt and two others to the cancer support centre.
TD representatives holding an oversized cheque for YPI

TD Bank Group donates $500K to Youth and Philanthropy Initiative • June 20, 2018
TD’s new global corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment, will target $1 billion in total by 2030 toward community giving in financial security, a more-vibrant planet, connected communities and better health.
Three secondary school students from the YPI program stand in front of a row of lockers.

CBC: Sudbury Secondary School students giving back to community with philanthropy projects

CBC NEWS • MAY 2, 2018
Student Dieter Lische-Parks and his group have been researching the social issue of hunger. They chose the food delivery program, Meals on Wheels in Subdury as their charity. “Some of us have actually connected to this issue personally, and we just really wanted to make a change,” he said.
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