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Youth Canada Founder Named One of Canada’s Top 20 Under 20

5-06-2009 by admin

Youth Canada Founder Named One of Canada’s Top 20 Under 20

Alex Shipillo, British Columbia President of the Impact Entrepreneurship Group and Co-Founder of Youth Canada, has been named as one of Canada’s Top 20 Under 20 for his outstanding achievements. The Top 20 Under 20 National Awards program, organized by Youth in Motion, celebrates young Canadians who have demonstrated a significant level of innovation, leadership and achievement. Winners of this program are selected by a volunteer national judging panel of people who have made significant contributions in education, business, and the not-for-profit sectors.

Alex Shipillo is awarded for his creation of Youth Canada (www.youthcanada.ca), which was initially launched in 2006, it offers enrichment information for high school students. The website was relaunched in 2008 under the umbrella of Impact. Through Impact, Alex also developed the Microcredit Competition (http://microcredit.impact.org), which provides teams of high-school students from across Canada with a $100 loan and one week to generate as much revenue as possible for a charity of their choice.

"It's very inspiring for students to know that they're capable of taking an idea and turning it into reality," says Alex, who has just finished his third year studying sciences at UBC and hopes to start his own business one day. "Youth engagement is about more than just learning at school," he says. "It's about supporting and inspiring them."

Top 20 Under 20™is a national youth awards program presented by Youth in Motion and sponsored by ING Canada, ING Foundation, Bell Canada, BMO Capital Markets, CTVglobemedia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario.

About the Impact Entrepreneurship Group
The Impact Entrepreneurship Group is Canada's largest non-profit, student-run organization dedicated to encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit amongst youth in Canada and becoming a starting point and catalyst for youth interested in entrepreneurship and leadership.

About Youth in Motion
Youth in Motion is a results-oriented, experienced, leading edge team and through signature programs, the organization gives young people the tools, skills, confidence and life maps they need to realize their full potential.