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Surrey’s youth are being invited to step up and show what they are doing to make positive change in their community.
Elementary and secondary students can submit their entries to the 2015 Youth Surrey Steps Up initiative through a medium of their choice (e.g. video, music, dance, theatre, visual art).
Last year 300 youth submitted 40 projects to the initiative arranged by Surrey Schools, Surrey RCMP and the City of Surrey. Among those projects was a dance club started by École Panorama Ridge student Ali Shabbir to give students who felt they didn't belong a place to go at lunch and after school.
“The Surrey Steps Up initiative provides an excellent opportunity for our students – our youth – to demonstrate, in a very public way, the quality of work and quality of character I have had the privilege to witness close-up as a trustee,” says Shawn Wilson, chairperson of the Surrey Board of Education.
(Inspector Ghalib Bhayani (centre) of Surrey RCMP kicks off the 2015 Youth Surrey Steps Up initiative with local students.)
“Together with our partners, we want to build resiliency and citizenship in youth throughout the city,” says Inspector Ghalib Bhayani, Surrey RCMP community services officer.
Youth have been leading the project from the beginning, with approximately 20 youth involved in the planning process, along with the RCMP, the city, and the school district.
“It was important to all partners that this year’s Youth Surrey Steps Up be youth-led,” says Mayor Linda Hepner. “By having youth involved from the beginning, we are able to mentor students and build leadership in our youth throughout this initiative.”
The 2015 Youth Surrey Steps Up is open to all secondary and elementary schools students in Surrey. Projects can be submitted up until April 2, 2015. They will be featured at the Youth Surrey Steps Up Showcase on April 17, 2015 at City Hall’s Centre Stage.
More information is available at www.psst-bc.ca.