Youth and Philanthropy Initiative

The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative, created by the Toskan Casale Foundation, is a one-of-a-kind educational program that gives young people hands-on experience in social change and empowers them to participate in the development of their communities.

In B.C. the YPI project is assigned to high school students (in participating schools) enrolled in Planning 10. Students work in groups, researching and selecting a local non-profit social service organization. Students set up a meeting with representatives of their chosen charity to gain more insight on the services provided to the community. Once research is complete the students create a ten-minute presentation on their charity and how a grant would better serve its clients.

One group from each class is selected to compete in a school final where a judging panel selects a winning team. The winners receive a $5,000 grant from the Toskan Casale Foundation that is awarded to the charity the student group represented. 

Each year Covenant House Vancouver is lucky to work with many schools and students as they explore the world of philanthropy and learn about charities in their communities. Last year we were the chosen charity by Balmoral Secondary school (now Carson Graham Secondary School – Balmoral Campus) and they won the competition winning us $5000.00.

The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative, created by the Toskan Casale Foundation, is a one-of-a-kind educational program that gives young people hands-on experience in social change and empowers them to participate in the development of their communities.

In B.C. the YPI project is assigned to high school students (in participating schools) enrolled in Planning 10. Students work in groups, researching and selecting a local non-profit social service organization. Students set up a meeting with representatives of their chosen charity to gain more insight on the services provided to the community. Once research is complete the students create a ten-minute presentation on their charity and how a grant would better serve its clients.

One group from each class is selected to compete in a school final where a judging panel selects a winning team. The winners receive a $5,000 grant from the Toskan Casale Foundation that is awarded to the charity the student group represented. 

Each year Covenant House Vancouver is lucky to work with many schools and students as they explore the world of philanthropy and learn about charities in their communities. Last year we were the chosen charity by Balmoral Secondary school (now Carson Graham Secondary School – Balmoral Campus) and they won the competition winning us $5000.00.

Right now many students are hard at work on their YPI projects some featuring Covenant House Vancouver as well as other wonderful charities. We want to wish all the students and schools the best of luck and thank them for their hard work. We will keep you up to date on any cool YPI related projects or if any of the schools doing their project on CHV wins.

If you are a student working on a YPI Project and need help please feel free to contact:

Mark Savard
savard@covenanthousebc.org
604-639-8922