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Anti-Oppression 101


'Getting to Know your Anti-O'  ~ This workshop offers an introduction to anti-oppression principles for folks new to these concepts and a refresher for those who are familiar.

Date: Tues. Feb. 2, 2-5pm
Location: York University Student's Centre
Trainer: Sedina Fiati

Sedina Fiati Sedina Fiati is an artist and activist. Born and raised in Tkaronto, she is proudly queer, femme and of African descent. Her experience as a facilitator includes art based and anti oppression workshops with Centre for Women and Trans People York, OPIRG York, Boys and Girls Clubs, and the Canadian Opera Company. Sedina is also the co-chair of ACTRA Toronto's Diversity Committee and was a part of the 2014 Dyke March Group - Fierce Femme Organizers.

Alliances and Coalition Building


Interested in activist coalition work and want to make sure you're starting off on the right foot? Involved in a coalition and want to gain perspective on your experiences so far? This workshop will focus on the opportunities and challenges involved in building alliances and coalitions, with a focus on practical approaches to successful coalition building.

Date: Saturday Feb. 6, 2016
Time: 1-4pm
Location: OISE: 252 Bloor Street West

Trainer:  Anjali Helferty is a doctoral student in Adult Education and Community Development at OISE, University of Toronto. She is a founding member and the first chair of the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition, a former director at the Sierra Youth Coalition, and was the Acting Director of the Energy Action Coalition (US). She is also a member of the Tools for Change Coordinating Committee.

How To Facilitate Great Meetings


Attending, facilitating and participating in meetings are a major part of movement building. They can be inspiring, hellish, or somewhere in between. Come learn and share strategies for fostering good communication, equity, active listening and effective decision making for meetings of all shapes and sizes.

This workshop is a partnership between Tools for Change and the Broadbent Institute.

Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Time: 3pm - 6pm

Location:  252 Bloor St W, OISE Building. Exact location given to people who sign up.

Trainer: Alejandra Bravo is the Director of Leadership and Training at the Broadbent Institute. Prior to this, she was Manager of Leadership & Learning at Maytree, where she designed and delivered training for emerging leaders to participate actively in civic and political life.  Alejandra is a member of the Toronto District School Board’s Inner City Advisory Committee and an advisor to Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Ontario. She has a 25-year history of working for progressive social change with grassroots, immigrant, and labour groups. Alejandra has worked as a community organizer, political staff and has been a City Council candidate in Toronto.  She is a graduate of the University of Toronto.

Setting up and Improving Your Group's Structure


Who is part of your group and who isn't? How do you make decisions? Is it working for you? This workshop explores how small groups can establish and improve systems to integrate people into the group and effectively make decisions.

Date: Thursday, March 31st, 2016
Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Location: University of Toronto, OISE 252 Bloor St West

Trainer: Jessica Bell, M.Ed. works as a facilitator and trainer helping groups make great decisions.  She also teaches advocacy at Ryerson Univeristy, and is the Executive Director of membership-based advocacy group, TTCriders.  More information is at 

Organizing Rallies and Marches


This workshop will cover the basic steps to organizing a rally or march and show examples of creative innovation in rally design. The workshop will also offer tips on planning routes, roles, marshalling, escalation and de-escalation, promotion, and visuals.

Date: April 3, 2016
Time: 1-5pm
Location: OISE, 252 Bloor St W.

Trainers: Syed Hussan is an organizer and writer in Toronto working with undocumented and migrant peoples, in defense of Indigenous sovereignty, and against counter intuitive programs like war and capitalism.

Storytelling through radio and podcasts


This workshop will explore audio storytelling techniques. We'll look at different elements that make a great story and cover the basics of field recording and digital editing. We'll also discuss how to get our stories out there once they're complete.

Date: Saturday May 28. 2016
Time: 1-4pm
Location: OISE: 252 Bloor Street West (Room number will be confirmed closer to the date)

Trainer:  Kristiana Clemens is the Operations Officer at CFRC 101.9fm in Kingston, Ontario: a campus radio station based at Queen's University on Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee land. Kristiana has more than two decades
of experience as a host, journalist, DJ, producer, mentor and administrator with non-profit radio, and has produced coverage of grassroots movements for stations coast to coast.

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A New Staff Member

Hello. My name is Laura Severinac and I've recently been hired as Program Director for Tools For Change. I am excited to step into this role and look forward to meeting you. If you have any questions about Tools for Change drop me a line. I'm especially interested to hear ideas for great workshops you'd like to see and trainers we should bring in. Contact me here.

Cool Resources

We love finding and sharing skills-based social change resources. Write to us if you have skills based tools to share.

Want to start an activst group but not sure where to start? Check out this guide written by Tools for Change co-founder Jessica Bell. 

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A $50 donation pays for a workshop scholarship.

A $250 donation helps us pay a workshop trainer.

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We provide approximately 100 scholarships each year. Your support helps us keep our workshops affordable and allows us to continue to offer scholarships to those who cannot afford to attend.

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Our colleges, universities, and high schools teach us about the issues we face, but they don’t teach us how to solve our problems. That’s where we come in.  We host 25 workshops a year to provide practical social change skills, including campaigning, fundraising, and more.  We bring in fantastic trainers who are exceptional at making a difference in our city, and we provide them with the space to share their insights with you and our community.   
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