The Community Foundation of Medicine Hat and Southeastern Alberta’s Youth in Philanthropy (YiP) program is a leadership development initiative for local high school students. Each participating high school forms a student-led committee that oversees the allocation of $20,000 in grants to local charitable organizations. The program was developed from the highly successful YiP program at the Winnipeg Foundation.
The school-based model allows the program to reach youth from a variety of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. Many schools run the program as an extra-curricular activity that is open to any student, regardless of academic achievement or participation in other school programs. The best part about the program is the schools decide how the program will run, how many members it will have and who will be involved.
In 1998, the Community Foundation launched a Youth Committee to procure the grants from the “Youth Project” fund. The committee was made up of youth from each of the Medicine Hat Senior High Schools and twice a year they would accept applications for the funds they had to distribute. The committee eventually took on the name “Philanthropic Actions for Youth” or the PAY Team. The team was a sub-committee within the Community Foundation. In 2009, the Community Foundation changed the process to one of student led committees within the High Schools.
Find out more about our YiP program here.
Questions about our Criteria?
firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-527-9038
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A more detailed YiP Resource Guide is available here.
“To give away money is an easy matter and in any man’s power. But to decide to whom to give it, and how large, and when, and for what purpose and how, is neither in every man’s power nor an easy matter.” Aristotle
Office hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm
104, 430 – 6th Avenue S.E.
Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 2S8
Phone: (403) 527 9038
Fax: (403) 527 9204
Charitable Registration Number 136030285RR0001