Youth and Philanthropy Initiative

Teacher Testimonials

Click on any of the teacher names below to hear their perspectives on the beneficial impacts the YPI program can have on individuals and communities alike.

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YPI in Heritage Woods Secondary School

"...Their initial inspiration came from their YPI experience when they realized the power of their own voices."

YPI in York Mills Collegiate Institute

"I have been teaching...for over fifteen years now...I have seen the lasting impact that YPI has had on my students."
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AMPLIFYING STUDENT YOUTH VOICES

"YPI means opportunity for kids to start to learn that they count that they matter and YPI offers kids that opportunity."
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SUPPORT FOR TEACHERS’ OWN GOALS

"I this is this is probably one of my favorite parts of the year. And I think the reason is because I see my students grow."
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BUILDING MEANINGFUL CONNECTIONS

"YPI is just a really valuable, like authentic and authentic learning experience and that they have to interact with other humans that are people outside of the school."
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CONNECTING TO PROVINCIAL REQUIREMENTS​

"How do we advocate? How do we bring change? How do we get politically involved? YPI is perfect for that, because students are picking issues that matter to them."
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REAL WORLD IMPACT FOR COMMUNITIES​

"YPI is an opportunity really, for my kids to see how other people live, and that they have resources outside of their household. And they could be contributing force to making people's lives."
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Understanding the Impact of COVID

"...it's all about working in groups, it's think about getting together, it's about having meaningful discussion, it's about learning to listen to each other. It's about learning to know your community..."

Anna Trip

"...I never feel more fulfilled and rewarded than when I'm working with kids doing YPI..."
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Pam Sandhu

"YPI is not just a great opportunity for students, it’s a great opportunity for teachers...”
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Clayton Johnston

"... be involved in our local community to get a true understanding of what's happening."

Andre Labelle

Translated: "...I think it's an absolutely wonderful project and it's really good for the students."