When Fatima first heard about the Youth Anti-Oppression Collective, she knew it was something she wanted to be part of. As someone who has always had a passion for social justice issues and an interest in facilitation, Fatima was keen to get involved - and to share her experience with others.
The Youth Anti-Oppression Collective brings together young people from Toronto Community Housing neighbourhoods across the city to share their experiences of and perspectives on discrimination and oppression. Each week, Fatima and her fellow group members would come together for training sessions that explored a range of social justice issues. As part of these sessions, they would learn how to facilitate their own training workshops for others.Fatima, a young Toronto Community Housing resident and participant in the Youth Anti-Oppression Collective.
Putting these skills to use, Fatima and the other group members facilitated a number of training workshops for the Toronto District School Board, City of Toronto staff and others.
Interested in expanding the potential of these workshops, Fatima applied for and was accepted to the Business in the Streets (BITS) Boot Camp, a program that helps young professionals start and sustain their business ideas. Through the program, she worked with a mentor to hone a business pitch, which earned her a funding grant for her business.
While Fatima plans to study nursing in September, she also intends to continue her facilitation work to help improve her community and create lasting social change.
Read more stories like Fatima's by downloading our 2014 Annual Report.