SCARP Alumna Shirin Karoubi is the executive director of Toolbox, a program designed to challenge gender stereotypes and encourage the building of healthy relationships between girls, gender nonconforming youth, and boys. It will also support the development of self sufficiency and confidence at a young age. The program will be led by women identifying who have a background in woodworking, metalwork, and electronics, as well as experience training youths in these skills.
Toolbox has received the Youth Opportunity Fund Grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation which will fund the program for the next three years. Karoubi says they are working towards turning Toolbox into a free school for the community, East Scarborough, as well as a social enterprise that would allow them to function without grants or donations.
Here is their website: toolboxinitiative.com. A promotional video will be posted in mid-October.
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Shirin Karoubi graduated from SCARP in 2016 with a Master of Arts in Planning.