The Cuts For Kids Foundation announced and celebrated their biggest milestone yet at the Moscow Tea Room on Thursday, October 19. With the launch of the new, the organization announced its partnership with Youth Ottawa - officially becoming a program.


Cuts For Kids is a youth-led charity that provides free haircuts to underprivileged youth in Ottawa, increasing their self-esteem and improving their overall well-being. The program invites local barbershops and hair salons to neighbourhood community centres and schools for a one-day event. Haircut services are provided by professionals and hairstyling students on a volunteer basis. They will regularly hold 1-2 events per month.


This partnership will expand the services of Cuts For Kids to impact over 45,000 low-income refugees, and newcomer youth in Ottawa. Partners, sponsors, and supporters of both organizations attended the event in celebration. Speakers included Mona Fortier (MP Ottawa – Vanier), Joe Veryard (Co-Chair of the Board of Youth Ottawa), Stéphane Giguère (CEO of Ottawa Community Housing) and Ibrahim Musa.


Ibrahim Musa is Youth Ottawa's Communications and Engagement Coordinator, and the Founder and Executive Director of the Cuts For Kids Foundation - supported by his team of almost all Ottawa high school and post-secondary graduates. Ibrahim arrived in Canada as a refugee from Iraq in 2002 and has grown up in low-income communities with the dream of giving back to his city in a unique and impactful way.