Youth projects sought for Surrey Steps Up showcase on April 17

SURREY — Young people are encouraged to get involved in the 2015 Surrey Steps Up initiative.

From Feb. 21 to April 2, youth in Surrey — both elementary and secondary students — can submit a community project that shows what they’re doing to make positive change in the community.

Submissions can be in any form, including video, music, dance, theatre, visual art and more.

Projects will be showcased April 17 at the Surrey Steps Up event at Surrey City Hall’s Centre Stage.

Last year, close to 300 young people submitted 40 projects, including one from École Panorama Ridge student Ali Shabbir, who started a dance club for students who felt disengaged with others.

The initiative is part of Surrey RCMP’s effort to engage with youth, in partnership with Surrey School District and the City of Surrey.

"Together with our partners, we want to build resiliency and citizenship in youth throughout the city," said Insp. Ghalib Bhayani, a community services officer with Surrey RCMP.

"The police spend a lot of time with people who made bad choices, so it is particularly important that we engage with young people and encourage them to take a positive path in life."

Surrey Steps Up 2015 kicked off Feb. 21 at the Surrey Leadership Action Conference (SLAC), when student emcees Ali Shabbir and Rajneet Mattu introduced the event to more than 150 students in attendance.

To get involved, visit Psst-bc.ca/stepsup.