Civic Engagement

Published Thursday December 27 2018

Civic engagement of our Canadian youth is important to the future well-being…

Civic engagement of our Canadian youth is important to the future well-being of Canada. With the right tools and opportunities, our youth will be encouraged to become more involved in community affairs and the democratic process.



Published December 27, 2018 



YPI is an inclusive, multi-award-winning secondary school program that grows compassionate communities by connecting youth to social issues, local charities, and philanthropy at a pivotal stage in their adolescence. Created by the Toskan Casale Foundation in 2002, YPI has engaged over 300,000 teenagers in making grants with and for their own local communities.


In 2016, YPI Canada was launched as an independent, public charity, and the R. Howard Webster Foundation was pleased to provide its support as one of the inaugural regional partners. This four-year partnership is contributing to YPI Canada’s momentum as a new organization, and will directly help over 7,200 teenagers complete their unique civic engagement experience by 2020.

YPI’s model has been studied as a best practice in systems-level change, and achieves immediate, medium, and long-term outcomes for youth, teachers, schools, charities, and communities. The program is offered to diverse secondary schools across Canada every year, where it is facilitated in regular classrooms by secondary school teachers, as a graded, fully-resourced, curriculum-linked experiential project. YPI connects students directly – and in real life – to the issues, services and professionals of their community’s charitable sector, and gives them the responsibility to advocate for social issues and to earn a $5,000 grant for a local charity (one grant per participating school, per year).


YPI is made possible by a growing community of schools, charities, and funding partners, including TD Bank Group, Fondation Mirella et Lino Saputo, The Peter Cundill Foundation, R. Howard Webster Foundation, Hamilton Foundation, and Calgary Foundation.


For more information about YPI Canada, please visit:





Student teams engage in YPI Canada’s school-based philanthropy project to advocate for social issues


Published April 3, 2017 

Apathy is Boring


Apathy is Boring’s new project, 150 Years Young, aims to encourage civic engagement among young Canadians



Apathy is Boring is a national, non-partisan charitable organization that uses art and technology to educate youth about democracy. The R. Howard Webster Foundation is pleased to be able to invest in Apathy is Boring’s newest project, 150 Years Young, a Canada 150 Signature Initiative that aims to encourage civic engagement among young Canadians.  Through Creative Interventions, Apathy is Boring’s 150 Years Young project will acknowledge and feature millennials’ diverse contributions and mobilize their potential in building more resilient communities across Canada.  Community partners will work alongside 12 City Ambassadors from Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton, and Vancouver to collect photos and stories that illustrate the ways millennials make a difference.  The photos and captions will be shared online and projected on buildings in five cities.  Youth volunteers will conduct outreach alongside the projection installations in order to encourage community engagement among their peers.  The project was made possible with support from Canadian Heritage, the R. Howard Webster Foundation and VIA Rail Canada.  Community partners include the Canadian Red Cross, Engineers Without Borders, the National Association of Friendship Centres, Canadian Roots Exchange, and Big Brothers Big Sisters, among many others.




The project's 12 ambassadors and Executive Director, Caro Loutfi


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