Our Impact

 ypi is an idea.
That grant-making can be inclusive and transformative for communities and young people.

ypi is a program.
Where youth, schools, charities, and funders work together to support social services through grants & public awareness.

ypi is a platform.
For motivating, deepening, and scaling meaningful interactions between people & the social purpose sector.

Every year, we measure the social outcomes that students, charities, schools, and funders create by participating in YPI. Together they've shown us what's possible when young people are empowered to make meaningful, lasting change in their communities. 

This year, 18,000 secondary school students will deliver over 3,600 presentations and teach thousands of people across Canada about urgent social issues and the vital work of local charities. But the numbers are just the tip of the iceberg.

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View YPI’s Community Impact Report 2017 for an in-depth look at this year’s outcomes.

We are seeking social change champions to join YPI's mission, extend our impact, and meet growing demand from schools across Canada.

 For every $5K grant awarded to a local charity through the YPI process:

  • A registered charity receives $5,000 to meet immediate community needs
  • An entire grade of secondary students have had inclusive access to an award-winning experiential project that builds their essential skills, empathy and character
  • Approximately three dozen charities will have received advocacy and awareness, and have been connected with engaged and motivated young people
  • 1,000 additional community members will have learned about social issues and local social services from students.

Visit our Funding Partners page to learn more.


"Thank you for providing such a brilliant project
that is at the forefront of education.
I have been teaching for 30 years
and I have never seen
a project work so effectively across an entire grade that
empowers youth to gain skills for their future and
at the same time
promotes empathy and caring.
It is truly a recipe for success!”

- Marilyn Nunn, YPI Teacher from BC

“This project was not about the mark I want to get – it was about the mark I want to have on society.”
– Student

“Thank you very much for this initiative that inspires and empowers youth to be a part of the solution of the current community problems; a hands-on opportunity to learn social responsibility; and an opportunity to demonstrate philanthropy.”
-Charity Executive Director

“My perspective on homelessness has changed because of this project, I learned that… anyone can end up in need.”
– Student

YPI Alumni Stories

Participating in YPI can have a profound impact on a young person's development, but don't just take out word for it, hear it directly from alumni who have been through the YPI process in their schools!

Meet Shafi

Meet Hannah

Are you a YPI Alumni with a story to tell?  We'd love to hear from you!  E-mail us directly at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and we'll get in touch to find out how you'd like to be involved.