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The Hot Potato Initiative was founded in September 2016 by eight high school students from Burnaby Mountain Secondary. The movement has since grown to a core team of more than fifty youth across the Lower Mainland, and hundreds more as part of our School Network. We are working on a national expansion strategy to bring the movement to cities across the country.

The Initiative is led exclusively by passionate high school students across the Lower Mainland. We firmly believe that it is incalculably important for the youth of this generation to grow up cognizant of social injustices and instilled with the values of social stewardship. We hope to shape tomorrow’s leaders, visionaries, and changemakers because they are the same young leaders who will stand up, stand out, and stand for something.


The Hot Potato Initiative Founded

September 2016

The Hot Potato Gala Raises $2K

September 2017

Media Campaign Launched

October 2017

500 Meals Delivered

January 2018

Campaign Reaches 50K Canadians

January 2018

The Hot Potato Initiative

The Hot Potato Initiative is a youth-led movement created to destigmatize homelessness & rally everyday Canadians to take action.

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The Hot Potato Initiative is legally incorporated under the Societies Act of British Columbia. Our non-profit number is S0066891.

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