Youth Challenge International is very excited about our innovative upcoming event, SHIFT25: A Celebration of Youth + Innovation!! We would like to thank the following generous partners for their support in helping us make SHIFT25 a huge success. Their financial contributions, in-kind donations and time commitment have been integral to making this unique celebration possible.

Inspire (Presenting) Partners


YCI is substantially supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs,

Trade and Development (formerly the Canadian International Development Agency). They are our core funders and provide a strong foundation for 50% of our revenues, including our public engagement programs. YCI’s current five-year grant from DFATD has allowed us to run our programs in Africa and Central America, and makes events like SHIFT25 possible.


Esri Canada is a privately held, Canadian-owned company that has been providing world-class enterprise geographic information system (GIS) solutions for over 30 years. Their solutions help businesses, governments and educational institutions make timely, informed and mission-critical decisions by leveraging the power of geography. In the international development sphere, Esri’s GIS software assists with poverty mapping, peacekeeping, diplomacy, humanitarian response, donor coordination as well as sustainable development by helping people map out development plans and management strategies for economic growth.

Esri Canada’s generous donation has helped YCI recruit exciting and innovative youth speakers for SHIFT25, as well as been integral in providing tech support for the event.

Impact Partner

Stephen Brown    


    Stephen Brown is the Chair and President of the Board for Youth Challenge International. He is a management       consultant and partner with Deloitte Consulting, where he specializes in supply chain and logistics strategy for         Fortune 500 companies.

Connect Partners

Logo_with_text YCI has been an Organizational Member of the Ontario Council for International Cooperation since    2008.  As a Council, OCIC strives to increase the effectiveness and collective impact of all our          members’  efforts to promote sustainable, people-centred development in a peaceful and healthy environment. OCIC is committed to principles of fair and equitable cooperative international development and promotes public engagement that helps Canadians develop a global perspective and take action for social justice.


Park Bench is a neighbourhood-focused website. It uses the leading event, business and deal  websites to curate what’s going on in each neighbourhood in Toronto and present it to you    on  one easy-to-use platform.

In-Kind Partners

Freshii logo

Eat. Energize. That’s the Freshii motto. The aim is to provide fresh and nutritious meal choices that energize people on the go. Emphasizing the foods you should eat more of and less on those you should avoid, Freshii  provides meals and snacks that help you live your best life. Freshii was awarded 2013’s Top Franchise of the  Year in Canada and is continuing to attract high quality franchise partners, worldwide.  Within the system,  there is an Olympic Gold Medalist, Ex-NBA Players, Harvard MBA’s and recent new immigrants to North America.  They are also making a significant digital impact through social media, where they have over 100,000 followers on Instagram, and their innovative mobile app, which helped them achieve the #8 spot on Restaurant Social Media Index’s Top Mobile Brands.

Mombasa Logo

Mombasa Catering is a local entrepreneur and neighbourhood favourite. Their Kenyan-fusion offerings are a popular choice at the Regent Park Farmer’s Market.


Established in 1957, Hot Oven Bakery consistently provides its customers with quality-baked products. It is a locally owned and operated business based in Etobicoke, and offers freshly baked breads, rolls and baguettes to pastries, cookies and cakes as well as their famous savoury pies and quiches which have been enjoyed by their loyal customers for decades.

Steam-Whistle logo old

Steam Whistle is an award-winning local brewery based out of the historic John St. Roundhouse downtown.  Steam Whistle Brewing is committed to being more than just a brewer of great beer…they want to be a      contributor to the social fabric of their community! It is their mandate to support cultural, charitable and  community-based organizations and events.


For more information on the SHIFT25 event visit


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