what we do

YPI grants hundreds of thousands of dollars to community-based social service charities each year, 100% decided by thousands of high school students in our school-based philanthropy project. YPI is offered free of charge to secondary schools, with one major enrolment requirement: it must be provided inclusively to all students across a grade level, as a marked project within any mandatory course. YPI currently works with secondary schools in Canada, Scotland, New York City and Northern Ireland.

The YPI Process:

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How We Achieve Our Impacts

Leadership in Leveraged Grant-Making. Engaging Youth with Authentic Responsibility.


Inclusive to all students
Course delivery options
Teacher/admin training
Environmental scanning

Resources & Staff

Curriculum package
Web resources
YPI staff support
Reps at each school

School & Community

Teacher engagement
Administrative support
Cross-dept connections
Charity site visits

Evaluations & Innovation

Formal evaluations
Knowledge sharing
Resource revisions
Innovative culture


Stage One: Pre-enrollment

  • Environmental scanning is completed to determine the number of secondary schools/students, and the estimated number of eligible charities in a community.
  • Most schools apply by word of mouth (teachers/principals approach us), but we have demonstrated the capacity to enroll and scale up to an additional 50 schools per year (when funding commitments are in place).
  • Schools are supported by YPI staff to determine best fit for project in their context.
  • Schools commit to running YPI as a project within a mandatory course, and appoint a Lead Teacher. 

Stage Two: In-year Programming

  • Teachers receive introductory training, full program resources, and ongoing staff support to run YPI as a curriculum-linked project in all sections of a mandatory course. (Approx. 8-12 hours of instructional time plus team work and charity site visits over a minimum of four weeks).
  • Students are given authentic responsibility and decision-making power throughout the entire YPI process, which sparks, then sustains, their motivation to personally engage.
  • All students receive in-school support from engaged educators and school administrators, who are in turn supported by YPI staff.
  • YPI is used to meet a variety of school-wide objectives, which are often enhanced by the opportunity for cross-departmental collaborations (e.g. media production, presentation skills, career options)
  • Students form positive relationships with charities and adults who inspire them.
  • Successes and contributions are celebrated in schools and through media/social media, coordinated by YPI, schools and local media outlets.
  • YPI provides monitoring and support, and conducts formal and informal evaluations processes.

Stage Three: Post-Program

  • YPI grants are sent directly to charities on behalf of each school’s student team.
  • During YPI plenary session, teachers and students evaluate their efforts, and determine future direction for staying involved in local needs, charities and community issues.
  • Students receive recognition and positive reinforcement for their contributions.
  • Schools receive post-program and re-enrollment support.
  • Finalist charities receive follow up and recognition from YPI staff.