Youth Philanthropy Initiative Provides $5,000 to Support Health and Social Services for Local Youth

16 October 2020Grants & Funding, News & Announcements

For the third year in a row the Abbotsford Community Foundation has partnered with Youth Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) Canada to provide $5,000 for a local charity that was researched and selected as the winning project presented by Grade 10 students at WJ Mouat Secondary School. Check out the update below, provided by YPI Canada, on another successful year of the program.
We sincerely thank the Abbotsford Community Foundation for your generous support of sharing the YPI grant at WJ Mouat Secondary School consistently for the last three years. We are honored and grateful for our continued partnership with you. Together, we have created positive outcomes for young people, schools, and charities in Abbotsford, and we are excited to share the outcomes with you.
In March of 2020, when schools closed due to the pandemic, WJ Mouat Secondary School had only completed YPI for the first semester. We supported students with YPI’s adapted online resources and a robust project that helped them safely engage with their community’s response and needs during the pandemic. This was followed by a 30-45-minute planning and support video call with YPI staff. The second semester students completed YPI during online learning with YPI’s adapted curriculum.
The initial support of $2,500 from Abbotsford Community Foundation was matched by YPI’s National Partners and a total of $5,000 was awarded to Foundry Abbotsford as a result of the advocacy and passion of the one winning finalists’ team at WJ Mouat Secondary School
The winning team represented Foundry Abbotsford, which received $5,000! Foundry offers young people ages 12-24 health and wellness resources, services and supports – online and through integrated service centres in communities across BC.
This is what a participant had to say about taking part in YPI: “I enjoyed the whole experience of YPI. It has helped me learn about the experiences other people go through when immigrating and seeking refuge in Canada. I believe that after YPI I have grown as a person and learned about who I want to grow to be. YPI has also helped me with working with other people and being open to new things. I think that it has been a great experience for everyone and it has helped people open up and be more empathetic towards others.”
Outcomes of YPI from WJ Mouat Secondary School 2019/20

  • 175 students from the first semester completed YPI before the school closure and 175 students completed it in a modified/online format. In total, 350 students participated in YPI this year.
  • Approximately 5 educators were involved in delivering YPI, and received training, resources, and ongoing remote support from YPI staff before and after school closures.
  • An estimated 70 charity presentations were researched, developed, and delivered by students (taken as an average based on 5 students per team).
  • 2,450 additional people (e.g. parents, siblings, family) learned about social issues & the work of local charities; based on students’ self-reported average of talking to 7 people outside of school about their project.
  • An estimated 350 vulnerable people will directly benefit from $5,000 awarded to Foundry Abbotsford (based on past years’ averages). This statistic may vary this year due the impact of COVID-19. This year, charity grant recipients have articulated the value of the received unrestricted grants and the timely cash injection. Charities are facing a financial crunch with increased demand, staff layoffs, and without access to their full volunteer roster.
  • 3,155 people in total were directly involved, influenced, or impacted by YPI through the support of the Abbotsford Community Foundation in 2019/20.

To learn more about Youth Philanthropy Initiative Canada, click here.


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