Ibrahim Musa immigrated to Canada from Iraq at the age of
four. Growing up in a low-income community, he saw at a young age how necessary
community support and services can be for underserved youth. This reality
propelled him to develop a devotion to his community and low-income families in
At the age of 17, Ibrahim began his own charity, the Cuts
For Kids Foundation, which offers professional haircuts to youth from
underserved families, with many now coming from Syria. With a unique and fresh
look at no cost, he provides a service that many families cannot afford to give
Ibrahim is also a key member of the Ottawa Youth Engagement
Committee (OYEC), a program of Youth Ottawa. OYEC has a mandate from the City
of Ottawa to hear youth’s voice at the municipal level. As a member of this
committee, Ibrahim is one of the most involved, passionate, and committed youth
on the board. He has led several campaigns, organizes and chairs sub-committee
meetings, and constantly fights for the rights of low-income and
underrepresented youth in the communities.
Ibrahim’s youth work is powerful because it tackles and
addresses challenging topics in creative ways that are tangible to youth and
their families. Being a youth himself, Ibrahim continues to strive to be a
powerful advocate for youth in his community.
"Shaw has given
our youth group the funding we need to continue our Charity in the communities
that we love," says Ibrahim. "By supporting the Cuts For Kids Foundation, Shaw enables us to
expand our programming and reach a record-number of low-income youth and
children with free haircuts."