Holy Trinity students earn $5,000 for community charity via YPI

students holding decorative cheque

June 12, 2019

Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School has participated in the Youth Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) for the past 12 years.

YPI is an inclusive, multi-award-winning approach to grant-making that grows compassionate communities by connecting high school students to social issues, local charities, and philanthropy at a pivotal stage in their adolescence.

In teams, students learn about social issues impacting their community, choose a charity that addresses one issue to research and visit, and then share what they learned with their peers through a classroom presentation. The top presentations from the year advance to the school’s YPI Final, where a youth-led panel of judges selects one team to win a $5,000 grant for the charity they represented.

This year Holy Trinity CSS is pleased to present local charity Rose of Durham, a charity dedicated to  “supporting young parents and their children in establishing a strong foundation that will enable the family to reach its full potential,” with a cheque for $5,000.

Holy Trinity has now raised more $60,000 for local charities through YPI.

“YPI is a very important program which not only teaches students strong values but also gives back to the community and teaches awareness of the issues that others face,” teacher Lisa Beganyi said. “It also brings to life our Catholic values of social justice, the common good, the preferential option for the poor and inclusivity. HT Titans speak from their hearts and make a difference in our community.”