Surrey youth step up to make a difference

Panorama Ridge breakdancing group. RCMP photos
Panorama Ridge breakdancing group.
RCMP photos
Surrey Steps Up Youth Planning Committee.
Surrey Steps Up Youth Planning Committee.

ON Friday, April 17, the Surrey RCMP, City of Surrey, and Surrey School District hosted a Youth Showcase at Surrey City Hall that highlighted the various ways local youth “stepped up” to create positive change in their communities and schools.

From February 21 to April 2, 2015 youth were encouraged to submit community based projects or positive messages about youth using the medium of their choice (video, music, dance, theatre, visual art, etc.).

This largely youth-led initiative was aimed at empowering young people to build and celebrate citizenship, resiliency and positive interactions in order to build a cohesive community.

“These youth are our future leaders; it is inspirational to see their ideas take shape in unique and creative ways,” says Inspector Ghalib Bhayani, Surrey RCMP Community Services Officer. “Congratulations to the participants who continue to strive to better their communities and make positive choices.”

The Youth Showcase highlighted submissions from elementary and high school students across Surrey.

Examples of some of the projects include:

Surrey Positive: Youth at the YMCA created the Instagram account “surrey_positive” to highlight positive aspects of the city, acts of kindness and promote a contagious atmosphere of change.

Surrey Youth Safety Council: A group of youth who are concerned about the safety of youth living in Surrey; they are developing school workshops and a website on “how to be safe and aware”.

Yo Bro: A program based on mixed martial arts designed to help develop social and emotional learning, build self-esteem and teach youth to make good choices.

For more information about the Youth Surrey Steps Up initiative visit